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25 Forgotten Desserts That Deserve a Comeback

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Lauren Cahn of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 2 of 26: Can we take just a moment here to wax reverential about the single-crusted, whipped-cream-topped, custard-based wonder that is cream pie? The cream pie came into existence as a way of using up surplus eggs and milk products from the family farm (think: buttermilk pie, chess pie, and sugar cream pies) and blossomed into ubiquity as shelf-stable cocoa, coconut, and bananas became more and more widely available.By the mid-20th century, mile-high cream pies had become one of the defining features of classic diner culture. If cream pies have lost ground in the intervening decades, it can only be because so many other desserts have cropped up to distract us. And that just seems wrong. So, let's bring them back, starting with our surprisingly healthy recipe for Coconut Cream Pie.RELATED: Sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox!

1. Cream Pies

Can we take just a moment here to wax reverential about the single-crusted, whipped-cream-topped, custard-based wonder that is cream pie? The cream pie came into existence as a way of using up surplus eggs and milk products from the family farm (think: buttermilk pie, chess pie, and sugar cream pies) and blossomed into ubiquity as shelf-stable cocoa, coconut, and bananas became more and more widely available.

By the mid-20th century, mile-high cream pies had become one of the defining features of classic diner culture. If cream pies have lost ground in the intervening decades, it can only be because so many other desserts have cropped up to distract us. And that just seems wrong. So, let's bring them back, starting with our surprisingly healthy recipe for Coconut Cream Pie.

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