My grandmother is visiting from Colorado and she brought a recipe from her friend’s mother for this delicious pie.  It is called Burnt Sugar Pie and tastes like butterscotch.  This was my first experience with burning sugar (sounds scary, but actually quite fun).  I found instructions on caramelizing sugar at this link:  http://whatscookingamerica.net/Sauces_Condiments/CarmelizingSugar.htm

Makes 1 9 – inch pie

Ingredients:

1 baked pie shell

2/3 cup sugar, caramelized

1 cup water

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

2 cups milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 tablespoons sugar

First, caramelize 2/3 cup of sugar by following the instructions at the above link.

After it is caramelized, add 1 cup of water to it and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.

Then, make a paste out of the cornstarch, sugar, salt, 1 egg and 2 egg yolks(save the whites for the meringue),and about an ounce of the milk.

Add the remaining milk to the caramelized sugar.

Beat the paste together and add it to the milk mixture.

Add the vanilla and heat slowly until the mixture thickens.

At first it will look like this…

…and after 20 – 30 minutes it will look like this.

Chill the mixture before putting into the pie shell.

For the meringue, beat the egg whites with the sugar until stiff peaks form.

Spoon over filling, pushing up to the sides to seal.

Bake at 400 degrees F until golden, about 10 minutes.

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