Freezing the mixing bowl before whipping the cream makes it whip up faster and keeps it more stable. This pie can be made ahead of time and kept refrigerated before serving.
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You may save the vanilla bean pod and use it to flavor sugar. Rinse it well in cool running water after cooking the custard. Pat dry with paper towels, then store in a lidded jar with white sugar. Replenish the sugar as you use it.