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Aunt Irene's Graham Cracker Pie

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Aunt Irene's Graham Cracker Pie

Graham Cracker Pie

Photo: Diana Rattray
This pie reminds me of a delicious graham cracker pie my Aunt Irene used to make. I made this pie with a meringue topping, but it is just as delicious with a fresh lightly sweetened whipped cream topping, sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs. Store this pie in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, loosely tented with foil.


  • **Crust**
  • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • **Filling**
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Dash salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut in small pieces
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • **Meringue Topping**
  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Reserved 1/4 cup graham cracker crumb mixture


Heat oven to 350° F.

In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 1/3 cup of the sugar; mix to blend. Set aside 1/4 cup of the graham cracker mixture. Pat the remaining graham cracker mixture into a deep-dish pie pan. Bake the crust for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 325° F.

In a heavy, medium saucepan, combine the 1 cup sugar, cornstarch, and dash salt. Whisk in the milk and egg yolks, then place the pan over medium heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture begins to thicken and gently boil, about 5 to 6 minutes. Continue cooking, whisking, until very thick, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the butter, a little at a time. Stir in the 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Pour the hot filling into the cooled graham cracker pie crust; set aside.

While the filling is still hot, make the meringue. In a mixing bowl with electric mixer, beat the egg whites at high speed until foamy; add the cream of tartar and gradually add the 6 tablespoons of sugar; continue beating until stiff peaks form. Stir 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla into the egg whites. Gently spread the egg-white mixture over the top of the custard. Sprinkle with the reserved 1/4 cup of graham cracker mixture and place in the 325° F oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the meringue is browned. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

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 4 out of 5
Yum, Member kateroar

This pie was super. I was looking for a plain old cream pie recipe(nobody seems to make them anymore) and found this gem. It came out perfect. Not cream pie but very good none the less. :)

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