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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    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

  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 371 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 119mg cholesterol, 397mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.

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  • sugarcrystal
    Apr 25, 2015

    Ohhhh, this old fashioned pie is good! I didn't sprinkle crumbs on top, but did everything else the same. I love the meringue on this pie.