Caramel: Caramel Custard Pie

posted by Mai 01-29-103 9:41 AM

Caramel Custard Pie
King Arthur recipe

one single pastry crust, your favorite recipe

1/4 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 3/4 cups milk or cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup caramel chips OR butterscotch chips

Crust: Make your own favorite single pie crust, roll it out, and fit it into a 9-inch pie pan.

Divide the dough in half, press the more generous half into a 9-inch pie pan (being sure to bring the dough up and over the edge of the pan), and prick the dough all over. Bake the shortbread crust for 15 to 18 minutes, or until it's lightly browned. Remove it from the oven and set it aside. (Bake the remaining shortbread dough into cookies or a pie shell, and reserve for another use.)

Filling: Mix the sugar and eggs together in a bowl till well-combined. In a small saucepan or microwave, heat the cream or milk with the salt, vanilla and caramel chips. Stir until the chips have melted. Pour a little of the cream mixture into the eggs and stir well. Add the remaining cream mixture, and stir to combine.

Pour the filling into the pie shell. Bake the pie in a preheated 350F oven for 20 minutes, until the center looks set but still wobbles, and the custard's temperature reads 160F on an instant read thermometer. Remove the pie from the oven; don't worry, the filling will thicken more as it cools. When cool, decorate with dollops of whipped cream.

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