Wednesday, July 09, 2008

"Diabetic" Cream Pie

This is a take on the "basic cream pie recipe" found in Better Homes & Gardens Pies and Cakes cookbook. It's a nice custard pudding which can be used to make a low fat cream pie or trifle.

3/4 cup Splenda, artificial sweetener
1/3 cup corn starch
3 cups skim milk
3 egg yolks in a bowl, slightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In medium sized saucepan, combine Splenda and cornstarch. Gradually add milk, whisking to blend.

Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens and boils. Cook 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat.

Whisk small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks. (use a small measuring cup or a soup ladle to transfer the hot milk) Immediately pour heated egg yolks back into the pot with the hot milk mixture. Whisk egg yolks in, until well blended.

Return pot to heat, cook 2 minutes more, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add vanilla.

For Coconut Cream Pie; add 1 cup of coconut to custard and fill cooked pie shell.
For Banana Cream Pie; spread custard into cooked pie shell lined with sliced bananas.

Serve with low fat whipped topping, or meringue made with Splenda and the whites of the eggs used in the custard.

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