Thursday, June 30, 2011

Pineapple Cream Pie


Once upon a time, long long ago, my mother used to bake. My sisters and I would go off to school and, upon returning home, we would find a delicious homemade treat for our afternoon snack. We never knew what she would make next. It could be cookies, brownies, a cake covered with frosting and sprinkles, or even a pie. One particular pie she made was a Pineapple Cream Pie and it was my dad's favorite.


Over the years, she stopped making it. Still, my dad continued to dream about the day when that pie would once again grace our table with its presence. Lucky for him, I inherited the baking gene and decided that I would try my hand at it.

The pie is fairly simple to make. It starts with a thick vanilla pastry cream to which you add crushed pineapple. Then, you pour it into a baked pie shell and chill it before covering it with a mound of whipped cream (or meringue if you choose).


When my dad got home from work, his eyes lit up to see such a rare treat. He promptly cut himself a big piece, ate it, then proceeded to cut himself a second piece. That's definitely a compliment to how good it tasted. I sneaked a couple bites too and it was just as I remembered it. Unfortunately, since I don't get to come home too often, it'll be a while before my dad gets to enjoy his favorite pie again. But, at least for now, he can savor this one.

Pineapple Cream Pie

1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. flour
2 1/2 c. milk (I used skim milk)
3 egg yolks
1 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. crushed pineapple, well drained
9-in. baked pie shell

Whisk together the milk, sugar, salt, and egg yolks in a large saucepan. Whisk in the cornstarch and flour until no lumps remain. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken. Once it begins to boil, keep it on the heat for 1 min. more, stirring all the while. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. Stir in the crushed pineapple and pour into the baked pie shell.

Put in the fridge to chill for several hours. Once it's chilled, top with whipped cream or Cool Whip.

This recipe is linked to:
Sweet Tooth Friday
Fat Camp Fridays
Sweet Indulgences Sunday
Meatless Monday

32 comments:

  1. Wow! that looks fantastic. Love your pie, looks very delicious :)

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  2. Hubby loves pineapple, I'm sure this will be a hit, thank you for sharing.

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  3. Sounds like something my Ma would love too! Very pretty:@)

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  4. Hi Lisa! I love pineapple pie! You don't see it very often anymore. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. That was really nice to make it for your dad! Why doesn't your mom bake much anymore?

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  6. What a yummy treat to find waiting for you after school. Nice post. This recipe does look easy and delicious. Come on over and visit today Lisa. We have a really wonderful chilled cantaloupe soup recipe and if you comment on the post you might get a visit from the Fairy Hobmother and a wish granted!

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  7. This is a beautiful looking pie. I am the only pineapple eater in the house though. It would be one of those recipes I'd have to scale down to make into a mini version just for me. Yummy!

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  8. Pineapple pie, brilliant!!! It looks delicious - this is one that I have GOT to try :)

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  9. Mmm - that looks delicious!! I've had lemon and coconut cream pie, but never pineapple. I can't wait to try this. I'm not too keen on pie crust though. I'm wondering if this would work with a graham cracker crust, since it's chilled? Oh, and how do you get your whipped cream to look so nice??

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  10. OMG this looks amazing. My favorite pie is lemon meringue but this might be a close second. I can't wait to try it!

    Ellen

    http://everydaysisters.blogspot.com

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  11. OMG Never made a pineapple pie but this look georgeous Lisa!!! lovely pie! and pictures! gloria

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  12. Lisa, I love pineapple pie, but have never thought about making it a cream pie. What a wonderful idea!

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  13. Oh I ams o glad you blogged it!!! I've got half of my husbands family super excited about this dish, lol! They keep asking when I'm going to make it now :) Thanks for passing it on to me Lisa :)

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  14. Mmmmm Lisa this sounds so good! I am bookmarking this one : ) I ♥ Pineapple!

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  15. I am so glad you make your treats from scratch. Love it.

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  16. Your pie looks so pretty! It is always sweet to visit childhood memories via food :)

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  17. Oh goodness, my son is always asking me to make a pineapple pie. I'm sure he'd love this :)

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  18. Oh WOW!! Serve me up a slice or two! This looks and sounds so delicious!!

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  19. A friend of mine used to make this ~ delish! Wish I had a piece right now.

    Pat

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  20. I have never had pineapple pie - it sounds and looks amazing! How sweet of you to treat your Dad! - Cares

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  21. This is totally unique and awesome. I mean, how often do you see pineapple pies around?! I love it!

    Sues

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  22. Oh my gosh this pie sounds incredible! I have never had a pineapple cream pie before- I'm sure it tastes amazing!

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  23. Looks like a pie made in heaven! Love it and I can't wait to try it! Drooling!

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  24. I have never heard of a pineapple cream pie. it sounds delicious!

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  25. This looks so good! I have never had pineapple pie!! I will be trying this next week. Thanks for a great post!!

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  26. Aw, that's so sweet! I can imagine the reaction from your dad. I've had chocolate cream pie and banana cream pie, but now I have to add pineapple to the list.

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  27. Hi Lisa,
    What a great party. I am sharing my All American Apple Bites. Hope you are having a great week end!
    Miz Helen

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  28. Love this! It looks so good! And I'm such a fan of your Sweets for a Saturday link party! I'm all about dessert :) I host a sweet treats party that runs thursday through sunday nights-- I'd love for you to link up!!! Hope to see you over there sometime :)
    Ashton
    www.somethingswanky.com

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  29. Thanks for linking to Bake with Bizzy. I could not decide which recipe was my favorite, most likely the chocolate chip cookies but then I saw this and thought, this is new and fell in love with it too.

    I appreciate your support.

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  30. This looks delicious! My husband loves pineapple so he would really enjoy this. Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  31. We are featuring this yummy pie. Come on over to see the new linky.

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