When you’re craving an simple, homey dessert, straightforward pies fit the bill. Not only do they provide delectable flavors, but they can also be made without the sky-high fat and calories of traditional after-meal delights. We lowered the fat and calories in this light cream filling by using fat-free egg substitutes and butter-flavored sprinkles instead of the usual whole eggs and butter.

Makes: 2 cups

Per 1/4 cup:

Calories: 91

Fat: 1.3 g. (13% of calories)

Protein: 4.1 g.

Carbohydrates: 68.6

Fiber: 0 g.

Cholesterol: 29 mg.

Sodium: 68 mg.

Light Cream Filling

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup fat-free egg substitute
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups 1/5 low-fat milk
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp butter-flavored sprinkles

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and egg substitute. Set aside.

In a medium microwave-safe glass bowl, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Gradually whisk in the milk. Microwave on high power for 5 to 7 minutes, or until thickened and bubbly; stop and stir every 2 minutes.

Whisk some of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture. Then whisk the egg-milk mixture into the remaining hot milk mixture. Microwave on high power for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes, or until thickened; stop and stir every 45 seconds.

Whisk in the vanilla and butter-flavored granules. Cover and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes, or until the filling has cooled to lukewarm.

Note: This cream filling can be used in any pie or tart crust. Simply top with sliced fresh berries for a delicious dessert.

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