Salted Caramel Cream Pie
Make room on the stove and space in the fridge for this Salted Caramel Cream Pie — a dessert that’s worthy of any season. It's topped with a fluffy marshmallow meringue that even meringue naysayers can't resist. From crunchy to creamy, and salty to sweet, this pie has got it going on.
FOR THE CRUST, PROCESS:
FOR THE FUDGE, WHISK:
FOR THE PASTRY CREAM, WHISK:
FOR THE MERINGUE, BEAT:
To make this pie ahead, prepare the pie up through chilling the pastry cream. When you're ready to serve it, continue with the recipe, starting with making the meringue.
Preheat oven to 350°.
For the crust, process pretzels, pecans, and brown sugar until fine. Pulse in melted butter until incorporated.
For the fudge, whisk together granulated sugar, cocoa, cream, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat; cook until smooth and sugar melts, then whisk in butter until melted.
Off heat, stir in chocolate until melted, then stir in vanilla. Pour fudge over bottom of crust and chill until set.
For the pastry cream, whisk together brown sugar, cornstarch, and yolks in a bowl; whisk in ½ cup milk.
Boil granulated sugar, water, and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat for the caramel, swirling occasionally, until it reaches the color of iced tea, 12–14 minutes. Carefully whisk in remaining 2 cups milk until smooth.
Slowly add half the caramel mixture to egg mixture, whisking constantly. Return egg-caramel mixture to pan and bring to a boil; whisk constantly until pastry cream thickens, about 5 minutes.
Off heat, whisk in butter and vanilla; strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Cool pastry cream to room temperature, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, then spread over fudge layer. Press plastic wrap over surface to prevent a skin from forming. Chill pie at least 4 hours to set pastry cream.
Preheat broiler to low with rack 6 inches from element.
Broil pie until meringue is golden, about 3 minutes; serve immediately.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 113mg 37%
Sodium 659mg 27%
Carbs 62g 20%
Fiber 2g 8%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.