My grandmother passed down this recipe to my mother, who in turn passed it down to me. Now my daughter is making it for her family. With a graham cracker crust, custard filling and meringue topping, this pie was one of my favorites when I was growing up and it still is today.
"My husband and I are both diabetic. We really appreciate desserts such as this creamy custard pie," says Eva Wright of Grant, Alabama. Coconut extract in the filling and a toasted coconut topping flavor the tasty low-sugar creation.
This recipe came from the best cook in West Virginia—my mother! I just added a little to her ingredients.
I'm a widow, and my grown children live in another state. So mostly I make my custard pie for church and club functions. It's the most different pie of all the ones in my collection.
In Grandmother's day, rhubarb was considered a "spring tonic". Although it's technically a vegetable, it is usually served as a fruit. At our house, we used the first rhubarb of the season to make this pie, and later in summer, we'd make a delicious drink with it, cooked, blended and mixed with strawberry punch.
Just a single bite of this traditional treat takes me back to the days when Mom would fix this pie for Dad, Grandfather and me. Mom also regularly prepared pies for large gatherings. This dessert was often requested.
-Barbara Hyatt, Folsom, California
These pies were a spring special at a restaurant where I used to work. Whoever was the cook that day had to bake them first thing in the morning and again in the afternoon, as soon as strawberries were ready. —Caroline Park, Pritchard, British Columbia