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What Are Some Different Kinds of Cream Pies?

By Sheri Cyprus
Updated May 16, 2024
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Cream pies are chilled pies. The crust is baked and cooled first and can be either a flour-based pie crust or a graham cracker crumb crust. Chocolate, Banana, Coconut and Key Lime are the most popular kinds of cream-style pies. Boston Cream Pie is also popular, however, it’s actually a cake.

Boston Cream Pies have two sponge cake layers filled with the same type of custard-like mixture found in cream-style pies, but the cakes are covered in a chocolate glaze. Credit for invention of the Boston Cream Pie is given to a Chef named Sanzian who called it Parker House Chocolate Cream Pie. He worked at Boston's 1856 Parker House Hotel which later became the Omni Parker House Hotel. On 12 December, 1996, the Boston Cream Pie was officially declared as Massachusetts’s State Dessert.

Chocolate Cream Pies, as we know them today, are made by adding chocolate to the custard cream filling and placing the filling in a pie crust. Bittersweet or unsweetened chocolate is often used in the cream filling. The cream fillings in this desserts are actually prepared with milk, not cream, and are made richer with egg yolks added.

Banana is one of the most well-known cream-style pies. Some bakers like to add mashed banana to the melted butter and crushed graham crackers to form the crust. Very ripe bananas add extra flavor to the crust, but firmer bananas should be used inside the pie, so the slices aren't too mushy. The banana slices are placed in the bottom of the pie and the custard mixture is poured on top.

Coconut pie is a richly refreshing dessert. Flaked coconut is often added to the custard cream filling as well as toasted lightly to top the finished pie. Coconut could also be used in the graham cracker crust.

Key Lime Pie is another refreshing cream-style pie. Unlike other pies made with fresh milk, Key Lime Pie is often made with sweetened condensed milk. Either fresh or bottled key lime juice can be used for the pie. Meringue often tops a Key Lime Pie, but some people prefer whipped cream.

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Discussion Comments
By chrisinbama — On Sep 30, 2010

@grumpyguppy: This is our official “family” recipe for coconut cream pie. It is delicious and easy to make. You need 2 eggs, ¾ cup sugar, 3 cups half and half, ½ cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup flakes coconut (toasted), ¼ tsp. salt, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 9 inch pie shell, and 1 cup cool whip.

In a saucepan, combine the eggs, sugar, flour, salt and half-and-half. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Remove from the stove eye and add the vanilla extract and ¾ cup of the coconut. Pour the mixture into the pie shell and chill for a couple of hours, or until firm.

Top with cool whip and the rest of the coconut.

To toast the coconut, spread it on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350 for about 6 minutes or until light brown.

By googie98 — On Sep 30, 2010

@grumpyguppy: This is about the easiest recipe that I have ever made for coconut cream pie. My daughter is in Home Economics at school and she brought this recipe home. These are the ingredients that you need:

1 (8 oz.) container of cool whip

1 9-inch baked pie crust (your choice)

1 (5.25 oz.) box of vanilla instant pudding

1 ½ cups milk

1 ½ cups flaked coconut

To make, combine the pudding mix and the milk in a large bowl until it thickens. Fold in 1 cup of coconut and half of the cool whip into the pudding.

Pour the mixture into the pie crust. Spread the rest of the cool whip on top of the pie. Sprinkle with the rest of the coconut. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

I like to toast the coconut that I sprinkle on top of the pie. It makes it look nice and adds a nice texture.

By GrumpyGuppy — On Sep 30, 2010

I am looking for a good recipe for a coconut cream pie. My husband wants one for his birthday and he has no clue that I don't know how to make one!!! If anyone has a great recipe that they would like to share, I would greatly appreciate it.

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