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Custard Meringue Pie

 Custard Meringue Pie
Each bite of this light and fluffy pie will nearly melt in your mouth. The cracker-crumb crust holds a smooth vanilla filling topped with an airy meringue and a sprinkling of more crumbs. Everyone will crave a second slice! -Nancy Holland, Morgan Hill, California
6-8 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups crushed Holland Rusks or graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • MERINGUE:
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/8 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 6 tablespoons sugar

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the first four ingredients; set aside 2
  • tablespoons. Press remaining crumb mixture onto the bottom and up
  • the sides of an ungreased 9-in. pie plate.
  • Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a
  • wire rack.

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Custard Meringue Pie (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in
  • milk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minute.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Stir in a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to
  • pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for
  • 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in butter and vanilla. Pour
  • filling into crust.
  • In a small bowl, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla on
  • medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1
  • tablespoon at a time, on high until high stiff peaks form and sugar
  • is dissolved. Spread evenly over hot filling, sealing to crust.
  • Sprinkle with reserved crumbs.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a
  • wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before
  • serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
  • Yield: 6-8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 371 calories, 16 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 119 mg cholesterol, 397 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 6 g protein.