Caramel Meringue Pie

Conquer meringue pies with our foolproof meringue recipe and dallop it atop a dulce de leche filled piecrust for your new favorite pie recipe.

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 slice each
  • Makes: 8 slices
  • Prep: 50 mins
  • Bake: 20 mins 325°F
  • Cool: 1 hr 30 mins

Caramel Meringue Pie

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Directions

  1. Prepare Baked Pastry Shell.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare Meringue for Pie.
  3. For filling: In a medium saucepan stir together sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in half-and-half then dulce de leche. Cook and stir over medium-high 5 minutes or until thick and bubbly; reduce heat. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat.
  4. Gradually stir 1 cup hot mixture into egg yolks. Combine all in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; reduce heat. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla.
  5. Beat meringue briefly with a mixer to refresh. Pour hot filling into baked pastry shell. Immediately spread meringue over filling, sealing to edge of pastry. Using the back of a spoon, swirl meringue to make peaks. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until meringue is golden and a thermometer registers 160 degrees F. Let cool on a wire rack 11/2 hours. Chill 3 to 6 hours before serving.

From the Test Kitchen

*Tip

To measure the doneness of the meringue, insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of the meringue, holding the thermometer at an angle.

Meringue for Pie

Directions

  1. Separate eggs; set aside yolks for pie filling. Place egg whites in a clean glass or copper bowl; let stand until room temperature. SECRET: Cold eggs separate more cleanly because the yolks are firmer and less likely to break. Room-temp whites are less viscous so they beat into a foam more quickly. Separate first, then let stand to reach room temp.
  2. In a 1-cup liquid measure whisk to combine the water and cornstarch. Microwave 45 to 60 seconds or until boiling, stirring once. Set aside. SECRET: Cornstarch stabilizes the meringue, helps prevent shrinking, lowers the chance of beading--those golden liquid droplets on the surface--and makes for smoother cut edges.
  3. Add vanilla and cream of tartar to egg whites. Beat with a mixer on medium 1 minute or until soft peaks form (tips curl). Add sugar 1 Tbsp. at a time, beating on high. Gradually beat in the warm cornstarch mixture until stiff, glossy peaks form (tips stand straight). SECRET: Cream of tartar is an acid that helps egg whites expand and hold the foam structure.

Nutrition Facts (Meringue for Pie)

  • Per serving:
  • 62 kcal ,
  • 0 g fat
  • ( 0 g sat. fat ,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 0 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 0 mg chol. ,
  • 28 mg sodium ,
  • 14 g carb. ,
  • 0 g fiber ,
  • 13 g sugar ,
  • 2 g pro.

Baked Pastry Shell

Directions

  1. In a bowl stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening and butter until pea size. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. water over part of the flour mixture; toss with a fork. Push moistened pastry to side of bowl. Repeat 1 Tbsp. at a time until mixture begins to come together. Gather pastry into a ball, kneading gently until it holds together.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, slightly flatten pastry. Roll pastry to form a 12-inch-diameter circle.
  3. Fold pastry circle into fourths; transfer to a 9-inch pie plate. Unfold; ease pastry into plate without stretching it.
  4. Trim to 1/2 inch beyond edge of plate. Fold under extra pastry even with the plate's edge; crimp as desired.
  5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Prick bottom and sides of pastry. Line with a double thickness of foil. Bake 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 6 to 8 minutes more or until golden. Let cool on a wire rack.

From the Test Kitchen

Fit the pastry dough in a freezer-to-oven pie pan, slide the unbaked pastry shell and pan into a resealable freezer bag, and freeze up to 3 months. Bake as directed.

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Nutrition Facts (Caramel Meringue Pie)

  • Per serving:
  • 407 kcal ,
  • 18 g fat
  • (8 g sat. fat ,
  • 3 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 6 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 117 mg chol. ,
  • 260 mg sodium ,
  • 55 g carb. ,
  • 1 g fiber ,
  • 32 g sugar ,
  • 7 g pro.

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