Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday is PIE DAY!

When my hubby ate the first piece of this pie he said, "It's really, really sweet, but I still managed to make it through the whole piece."  Sweet indeed.  If you have a real sweet tooth, especially for caramel-y goodies, this is the pie for you.  It has a beautiful, luscious, pudding-like caramel filling topped with a heaping dose of meringue.  mmm....mmmm....  I got this recipe many many years ago out of an old church cookbook.

Sweet Tooth Caramel Meringue Pie 

1 9-inch unbaked pie shell
2 c sugar
1/2 c water
2 T flour
2 c milk
5 eggs yolks
4 T butter
1 t vanilla

for meringue

5 egg whites
1/2 c sugar
1 t cornstarch
1/2 t cream of tartar

-caramelize 1/2 c of the sugar in a heavy saucepan. 
-cook 8-10 minutes, stirring constantly, until the sugar melts and turns the color of maple syrup
-slowly add the water (and i mean slowly, or it will bubble up and spat onto your hands-ouch!)
-let the mixture reach a bubbling state and make sure everything is blended and liquid
-in a double boiler, combine the remaining sugar with the flour and milk
-cook on high boil, stirring constantly, until mixture becomes thick
-reduce heat, add in egg yolks (*temper first!) and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly
-remove from heat, add butter, vanilla and caramel syrup
-pour into prepared pie shell
-bake at 325 for 20 minutes
-remove from oven and spread meringue on top
-return pie to oven and bake 20 minutes more, until meringue is browned

*what do I mean by "temper"? 
When you add egg yolks to a hot mixture, you should first add a small spoonful of the hot mixture to the egg yolks.  This will warm the yolks slightly, and keep you from ending up with scrambled eggs in your pie filling.


  1. oh my gosh...this looks amazing!

  2. we ate it so fast, i forgot to get a photo of a slice.....oops!

  3. One of our favorite quiche recipes is from the original Mooswewood Cookbook--swiss cheese on the bottom, then sauteed onions and mushrooms with thyme, dry mustard, salt and pepper; then the eggs, milk, flour mixture. ~Jennifer D.

  4. posted my quiche idea on the wrong entry...oops.

  5. YUMMMMMMMM, i hope this becomes a guest at a future family get together :]