Coffee Cream Pie

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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 4-6 servings

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Ingredients

•2/3 cup sugar
•1/2 cup all-purpose flour
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•2 cups milk
•3 tablespoons instant coffee granules, crushed
•3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
•2 tablespoons butter
•2 teaspoons vanilla extract
•1 chocolate crumb crust (9 inches)

TOPPING:

•1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
•1 cup heavy whipping cream
•2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
•1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
•1 Heath candy bar (1.4 ounces), crushed

Method

•In the top of a double boiler, combine the sugar, flour and salt; gradually stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over boiling water until thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir in coffee granules.
• Gradually stir a small amount into egg yolks; return all to pan. Cook and stir for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat; add butter and vanilla. Cool for 30 minutes. Pour into crust; chill.
• In a bowl, dissolve coffee granules in a small amount of cream. Add sugar, vanilla and remaining cream. Whip until stiff peaks form. Spread over filling; sprinkle with crushed candy bar. Chill. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Editor's Note: Candy bar crushes easily if frozen.

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