Cream Pies

1 cup sugar
6 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups milk
3 egg yolks
3 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Scald milk - bring just to boiling point. Add 2 1/4 cups scalded milk (set 1/4 cup aside), sugar, cornstarch and salt to top of double boiler, cook over boiling water. Slightly whip 3 egg yolks, add remaining scalded milk, stirring constantly until thick. When slightly cool, add butter and vanilla. Pour into cooked pastry shell.

Variations to add:

  1)  3/4 cup chopped or sliced dates
  2)  1 pint prepared strawberries
  3)  3 large bananas, sliced
  4)  1 cup coconut
  5)  2 oz baking chocolate, melted. Add to cream filling while still hot.

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