The inspiration for this pie came from that cute little decoration you see on top of this pie! Yes, I was inspired to make this pie based on a .99 cent cookie cutter stamp! It's similar to the Williams-Somoma cookie cutter stamps, but it didn't come from there, it came from my local kitchen store in Maine.
The first time I made this pie, I made it with the graham crust, the second time I made it I made my own pie crust, and my little pineapples! I did not do an egg wash on the crust, you my like to do that if you want a golden crust. I used milk, I wanted a light crust.
These are the steps to make a graham cracker pie crust, you can skip and use a pre-cooked pie shell.
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
PIE INGREDIENTS (I felt very Julia Child like mixing these ingredients!)
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups milk
4 egg yolks, beaten
2 teaspoons butter, softened
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple drained (I gave a little squeeze too)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1. In a medium bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup white sugar and melted butter. Press mixture firmly in bottom of a 9 inch pie plate. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 6 -8 minutes.
2. Combine 2/3 cup white sugar, corn-starch, and salt in saucepan. Blend milk and egg yolks; gradually stir into sugar mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat, and stir in butter, vanilla, and pineapple. Pour into crust. Press plastic wrap over top of filling. Chill at least 2 - 4 hours.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine whipping cream, confectioners' sugar and almond extract. Whip to stiff peaks and pie or spoon onto pie. Serve immediately!
Serves 6 - 8
P.S. Stay tuned! The next pie I post will be my Tomato Pie!
P.P.S. Thank you for all your comments on my "Biggest Loser" post. I truly appreciated your kind comments! Thanks for letting me know what your favorite pie is too!