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
beautiful!
-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.

5 comments:

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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