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1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. water
4 tbsp. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. milk
2 or 3 egg yolks, well beaten
2 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 baked 8 inch pie shell

In heavy skillet, caramelize 1/2 cup sugar. When sugar is completely melted and golden brown in color, add water. Stir over lowest heat until smooth.

In a saucepan, combine flour, 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add milk, gradually. Stir in beaten egg yolks and cook until mixture starts to thicken, stirring constantly. Stir in caramel syrup, slowly, and continue to cook until thick and smooth. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla. Pour in pie shell and cover with basic meringue. Brown.

Variation: Use 5 tablespoons flour and 2 cups milk. Substitute 1/2 cup brown sugar for the 3/4 cup sugar. Follow same directions.

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