Vanilla Cream Pudding Pie is a delightfully simple pie with creamy vanilla pudding, fresh berries and plenty of whipped cream nestled in a buttery crust. The egg-free filling is a snap to make from scratch! Thank you Milk Means More for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
In an effort to put less miles between me and my food, I try to cook as seasonably as possible throughout the year. Truly, I do. Michigan farmers work so hard to provide food for my family, the least I can do is support them with my shopping dollars. However, every year at this time, I reach a breaking point with seasonal eating. I blame the weather.
The snow has melted, leaving a whole lot of brown grass and spindly trees barren of leaves. Add to that a few gray days filled with a misty drizzle that’s thicker than a fog, but not quite as robust as rain, and my seasonal eating resolve crumbles like a streusel topped apple pie.
As I mentioned on Instagram, the gray days of March can be beautiful in their misty elegance. However, the clouds have me pining for warm days and eating All of the Fresh Berries of summer. Thankfully, our friends in California grow all sorts of juicy berries this time of year.
If not buying local agriculture, at least support U.S. farmers, yes?
Which is exactly what I was doing when I recently bought a ton of fresh berries. What can I say? Son #4 was helping me shop, and that kid would live on berries if I didn’t make him eat pesky things like grilled chicken and the side salads with protein. I’m a big meanie like that. Anyway, I gave Son #4 the “a-okay” to grab a few cartons of berries, and the next thing I knew, I had 8 pints of berries and 1 very excited little boy.
Ah, well. His big, beaming smile was enough for me to leave them in the cart. The kid seriously cheered and did a happy dance when I didn’t put any of the berries back on the shelf. I am powerless to resist such cuteness! #sucker
So while my baby would happily eat 8 pints of berries in one sitting, I didn’t want to deal with the inevitable fall out (ahem!) of that decision later on. Obviously, I had to bake a pie! Since the middle portion of The Sons are strangely adverse to fruit pies, only a cream pie would do. Specifically, a Vanilla Cream Pudding Pie! Vanilla Cream Pudding Pie is a delightfully simple pie with creamy vanilla pudding, fresh berries and plenty of whipped cream nestled in a buttery crust.
Why a pudding pie? Well, for starters, a pudding is thickened with cornstarch so it’s easier to make than a traditional custard filling. All of that fussy tempering of the eggs is a non-issue with a pudding pie. Sure you could use a box pudding as the base for this pie, but making it from scratch tastes infinitely better. The homemade vanilla pudding is creamier and lighter than a box mix or custard, yet it stands up better to slicing. All of which makes it a nice companion to the bright, sweet berries. Besides, the pudding making process takes less than 10 minutes! The extra creamy texture is well worth the effort given minimal time commitment.
So give in to temptation and load up the shopping cart with berries!
Then make this Vanilla Cream Pudding Pie to enjoy while dreaming of warm summer days.
Check out these other great pie recipes from my friends!
Very Rustic Four Berry Pie from Rachel/Rachel Cooks
No Bake Sour Cream Berry Pie from Megan/Country Cleaver
Lemon Cream Berry Pie from Jocelyn/Inside Brew Crew Life
Fruity Cheesecake in a Sugar Cookie Crust by Chelsea/Chelsea’s Messy Apron