This is one of my favorite holiday pies. Serve with whipped cream. Yum!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In top of double boiler, combine brown sugar, cornstarch, salt and milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture starts to thicken, about 20 minutes.

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  • Whisk in egg yolks; continue to cook and stir until filling is thickened.

  • While pudding mixture is cooking, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Remove filling from heat, and stir in butter and vanilla.

  • Pour filling into prepared pie crust. Bake in preheated oven until top begins to brown, about 5 minutes.

Tips

Get tips for pre-baking a pie crust in our article, How to Blind Bake a Pie Crust.

Nutrition Facts

259 calories; 8.9 g total fat; 60 mg cholesterol; 293 mg sodium. 41.5 g carbohydrates; 3.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2004
I've been spreading the word about this recipe! If you don't have a double boiler, don't worry. It will still work just fine (I used medium heat and stirred constantly!) Tastes great with whipped cream on top. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/29/2006
It did have a good flavor and consistancy if it just hadn't been so sweet! None of us could finish our piece and I ended up throwing the rest away. I think 2/3 cup sugar or 3/4 cup if you like a sweet pie would be enough. Read More
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118 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 67
  • 4 star values: 31
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2004
I've been spreading the word about this recipe! If you don't have a double boiler, don't worry. It will still work just fine (I used medium heat and stirred constantly!) Tastes great with whipped cream on top. Read More
(124)
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2004
I've been spreading the word about this recipe! If you don't have a double boiler, don't worry. It will still work just fine (I used medium heat and stirred constantly!) Tastes great with whipped cream on top. Read More
(124)
Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2006
I really liked this recipe. To make it even better I put whipped cream on top and then crushed a butterfinger candy bar to put on top of that. It gave it a little bit of texture and made it even more beautiful. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/13/2004
Very good. I made the following modifactions, though: I don't have a double boiler, so I zapped it on high in the microwave-- 8 min. for the first thickening, then 2 more minutes after the eggs were added. I had a graham cracker crust handy, so I used it, but I think a regular patry crust would be better :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2004
This recipe was very easy to make, with ingredients that I already had. I accidentally left out the vanilla and butter, and it was still ridiculously good. The only change I made was to put meringue on it instead of whipped cream. No kidding, my eyes closed involuntarily after the first bite, it was so good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2003
Was very good! I did not use a double boiler I just cooked it on a low setting and it did just fine. Highly recommend this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2008
This recipe is very good I just cooked it on the stove and stirred constantly my mother askes me to make this for her every week.Thanks for such a wonderful recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/05/2009
Tasted great. Made it for mother in law for her birthday (her fav). Never had it before or even had seen one but made it no problem. The only issue I had was I dont have an 'offical double boiler' I just use a pot of boiling waer with a glass pyrex bowl on top (have used this method for dozens of other double boiler instructions and had no problems). We after stirring forever I couldnt get it to thicken even before I added my egg. I took it off the double boiler and poured it all in a pot and put it right on the burner. It thickened almost instantly almost too quick had I not been right there. It turned out perfect. I just couldnt see it even getting hot enough the thicken with the double bolier. TASTED GREAT! Moter in laws eyes bugged out of her head she was so excited! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/28/2006
It did have a good flavor and consistancy if it just hadn't been so sweet! None of us could finish our piece and I ended up throwing the rest away. I think 2/3 cup sugar or 3/4 cup if you like a sweet pie would be enough. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2011
First time I made it I used flour instead of cornstarch and it didn't work out very well. Didn't thicken. It had yummy taste but not very nice looking. I decided to try it again and use corn starch. I also doubled the recipe by 1/2 (3 cups milk 3 egg yolks etc) and it worked excellent! I found the first time it settled down and didn't fill the 9" dish to the top. This is it went right to the rim..a nice thick pie! Next time I make it I will probably add a tablespoon or so of butterscotch extract to give it a little more butterscotchy flavour. Read More
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