To wrap up my Pie of the Month project for 2012, I wanted to make a special family recipe. My Mom and sister made Butter Pie for Thanksgiving dinner, but I was here with my husband’s family and didn’t get to taste it! I wanted to make one, just to see if I remembered it, and then something funny happened… I ended up in our local newspaper!
The recipe was my great-great-grandmother’s. My Mom has a handwritten recipe framed, hanging in her kitchen. It’s quite a special family heirloom. Here’s the recipe:
1 stick butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
2 tbsp evaporated milk
1 to 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Cream butter. Add sugar and cornstarch. Add one whole egg and three egg yolks. Save three whites for meringue. Add vanilla and cream.
Place on low heat on double boiler stirring constantly until thick. Place in a 9-inch pie shell and cook for 10 minutes at 350 degrees until custard is firm.
Add three heaping tablespoons of sugar to egg whites and whip into meringue. Place meringue on custard and bake until brown.