Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro
8 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Sky-high pie recipes are a hit on dessert buffets all year long. Pair with fresh seasonal berries.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare crust, combine first 3 ingredients, and stir well with a whisk. Add melted butter; toss until moist. Reserve 2 tablespoons crumb mixture; set aside. Press the remaining mixture into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray; lightly coat crust with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes, and remove from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 325°.

Step 3

To prepare the filling, combine 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a saucepan; stir in milk. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add the hot milk mixture to eggs, stirring constantly with a whisk. Return mixture to pan. Cook over medium heat until thick (about 2 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Pour the hot filling into prepared crust.

Step 4

To prepare meringue, place the egg whites and the cream of tartar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and beat well. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue evenly over the hot filling, sealing to edge of crust. Sprinkle with the reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until meringue is golden. Cool 1 hour on a wire rack. Chill at least 2 hours.

Ratings & Reviews

November 05, 2015
I love this pie. My mom made this pie for many years & I have made in many times. Only 1 time it didn't set up for me & I have no idea why. The only thing I can think of is that maybe my cornstarch was not fresh.

paulakap8's Review

November 21, 2012

Belogorsky's Review

September 13, 2011
We loved this. Not usually fans of cream pies but this was simple and delicious. I bumped up the vanilla in the filling from 1/4 tsp to 1 Tbsp. Filling set fine, especially loved the meringue.

ACTSmom's Review

March 23, 2013

MelissaM2011's Review

June 19, 2011
Fantastic flavor, but the pie did not set up, even after hours in the fridge. I've made fillings from scratch for years and this is the first time I haven't had one set. The filling was thick out of the pan into the crust and the meringue was fantastic, but the filling was sloshy once I pulled it from the oven after browning the top for a few minutes. I pulled out the parfait cups and served it that way.