|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 12g||16%|
|Saturated Fat 7g||34%|
|Total Carbohydrate 57g||21%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 34g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Meringues are more often associated with lemons, but a beautiful meringue topping can adorn any type of pie, including one filled with creamy caramel. Making the meringue is easier when the eggs are at room temperature, but eggs are easier to separate when they're fresh from the fridge. Therefore, separate the eggs right as you begin the pie prep, letting them come to room temperature before you start to make the meringue, which is the final step.
For the Pie Crust:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled, cut in small pieces
3 to 5 tablespoons ice water
For the Caramel Filling:
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups milk
3 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
For the Meringue:
3 large egg whites, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 pinch fine salt
1/3 cup superfine or granulated sugar
Steps to Make It
Make the Pie Crust
Gather the ingredients.
To make the crust, combine the flour, granulated sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to blend thoroughly.
Scatter about half of the chilled butter pieces over the flour mixture. Pulse about 6 times, and then add the remaining chilled butter pieces, and pulse about 7 times. You should have a coarse mixture with some of the butter the size of peas.
Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of the ice water over the mixture and pulse twice. Add more ice water, a few teaspoons at a time, pulsing a few times after each addition. When the dough just begins clumping, remove it to a floured surface.
Lightly knead the dough just enough to shape it into a disk. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for about 45 minutes.
Heat the oven to 400 F. Roll the chilled dough out to a circle about 12 inches in diameter, keeping the surface and the dough lightly floured to keep it from sticking. Fit the dough into the pie plate and flute the edges as desired. Line the bottom and sides of the pastry with parchment paper or foil. Fill the pie about 2/3 to 3/4 full with dried beans or pie weights.
Bake the pie crust for 15 minutes. Remove it from the oven and remove the pie weights and foil or paper. Prick the crust around the inside, or any area where the crust has bubbled. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 F and return the crust to the oven. Continue to bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until dry and lightly browned.
Make the Filling
While the crust is baking, make the filling. In a large, heavy saucepan or saucier, combine the brown sugar and flour; mix well. Add the milk, egg yolks, and butter; whisk to blend thoroughly.
Place the pan over medium heat and cook, constantly whisking, until the filling begins to bubble. Turn the heat down to low and continue to cook, constantly whisking, for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until thick. Whisk in the vanilla.
Place the crust on a rack and then fill with the hot caramel filling.
Increase the oven temperature to 400 F.
Prepare the Meringue
In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until thick and glossy. Beat in the cream of tartar and the pinch of salt. Gradually add the superfine sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
Spoon the meringue evenly over the hot caramel filling and then spread it, making sure the meringue touches the crust all the way around the edge.
Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until the meringue is golden brown. Cool the pie thoroughly and then refrigerate.
- Add homemade caramel flavor to the filling. Make the filling as directed, but use only 3/4 cup of brown sugar. Meanwhile, in a deep, heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, melt 3/4 cup of granulated sugar in about 1/4 cup of water. Stir the sugar mixture as it cooks. When it has turned golden brown, pour it into the filling mixture and continue cooking until smooth. See caramel tips.
- Skip the homemade crust and use a frozen pastry crust or graham cracker crust.