1 (9-inch) Perfect Pie Dough, recipe follows, baked and cooled
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg yolks
2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean split in half lengthwise and seeds scraped
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, chilled or frozen
4 to 6 tablespoons ice cold water
Banana Cream Pie: Make the basic filling and cool. Slice 3 to 4 bananas into the bottom of the prepared pie shell. Pour the cooled basic filling (or chocolate filling) on top. Coconut Cream Pie: Stir 1 cup flaked coconut into basic filling just before pouring into pie shell. Sprinkle toasted coconut on top of the whipped cream for a beautiful and tasty presentation. Butterscotch Cream Pie: Substitute 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar instead of white sugar in the basic filling recipe, and increase the butter to 3 tablespoons. Cook in the same manner as the basic filling. Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie: Make the basic filling and add 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter and 3/4 cup good quality chopped semi-sweet chocolate to the hot filling in the pan. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted.
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