I told you this was coming! I’m a crazy woman. I came up with the idea of a gingerbread cream pie a few weeks back. I searched high and low on Pinterest, to no avail. See, I’m picky when it comes to recipes. There were recipes for Gingerbread Cream Pie, but they all started with pre-made pie crusts and whipped topping. (I’m weird, but I can taste the fake of pre-made oil based whipped topping. Phhhhfffffflllllcckkk. It’s gross.)
Also, these pictures are terrible. I apologize, but there was no way to get a clean slice. I did the best I could. As is life. Oh well.
Anyways, because I didn’t love the recipes I found, I decided to make one myself!! How exciting. Paul was over the moon when I told him what I was going to make. Excited might be an understatement.
I didn’t want to start from scratch, so I actually took some inspiration from this recipe, of Kitchen Magpie fame. I pretty much used her recipe and made my own changes to make it Gingerbread pie.
Cream pies are usually custard based, so flapper pie was the perfect base for this Gingerbread Cream Pie. I just changed a few things. First, I asked Paul’s opinion for a crumb crust or pastry crust. He voted hands down for crumb crust, so I made a decision – gingersnaps, or something else? I ended up going with the something else – speculaas, a Dutch spice cookie. (If you’ve ever had Cookie Butter from anywhere, that’s what speculaas is but in actual cookie form.)
I crushed up the speculaas and mixed it with butter to form a crumb crust. I baked the crust, then added my Gingerbread inspiration to the rest of the pie, and BAM. Gingerbread Cream Pie with Cinnamon Meringue. You. Are. Welcome. 🙂 (But seriously, go try this pie!)
Yield: 1 9-inch pie
For the crust:
1¼ c. speculaas cookies, crushed (you can use gingersnaps)
¼ c. butter, melted
For the filling:
2½ c. milk
½ c. sugar
¼ c. cornstarch
3 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
3 tbsp. Fancy molasses
½ tsp. ginger
½ tsp. cloves
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. cardamom
For the meringue:
3 egg whites
¼ c. sugar
¼ tsp. cream of tartar
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the melted butter and crushed cookies. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a pie plate. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a medium saucepan, combine all of the filling ingredients. Whisk together until cohesive. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils and thickens, stirring constantly. Mixture should become thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, and when a finger is run down the spoon, the mixture does not fill in the gap.
Set aside to cool while making the meringue. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar. Beat until stiff peaks form. Add in the cinnamon, and beat again to evenly distribute the cinnamon.
Pour the filling into the pre-baked pie crust. Top with dollops of meringue, using a knife to gently push the meringue in an even layer across the pie. Swipe up through the meringue with small strokes to make small peaks across the top of the pie.
Bake for about 10 minutes, or until meringue peaks are turning golden. Leave to cool on a wire rack until room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator.