From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Every so often, I like to search out a dessert that I can share with you on Frugal Friday. I was thrilled when I found this one in the Recipe Lion Recipe Collection. It is for an old German cream pie that uses just 5 ingredients, and, I'm happy to report, that it is delicious and relatively inexpensive to make, especially if you make your own pie crust. While I'm really happy with the recipe as it is presented, I did make a few changes that I want to share with you. I thought two cups of heavy cream would make a pie that would be too rich for my taste, so I substituted one cup of whole milk for one cup of the cream. I also add a pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract to the filling. I found my pie needed an extra ten minutes in the oven to reach the custard-like consistency I was looking for, so do make sure the filling has set before you remove the pie from the oven. The pie should be thoroughly chilled before you slice it, so you'll want to make it about six hours before you plan to serve it. I thought the pie, while sweet and delicious, was a little one note, so I spooned a healthy serving of macerated strawberries over each slice to perk it up a bit. This is a rich dessert that I think you will enjoy. It is made with ingredients that are readily available and it is definitely budget friendly. Here is how this simple pie is made.
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons (heaping) flour
2 cups whipped cream
2 stiffly beaten egg whites
1 9-inch unbaked pie shell
1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2) Mix sugar and flour together. Add cream and blend well. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.
3) Pour in unbaked pie shell. Bake in oven for about 40 minutes until golden brown and filling sets like sets like custard. Yield: 6 to 8 servings.
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