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Custard Meringue Pie Recipe

Custard Meringue Pie Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:6-8 servings

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 vanilla extract
  • MERINGUE:
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 6 tablespoons sugar

Directions

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. 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.