Pies & Pastries
Butter or margarine,
1. In 2-quart saucepan, with wire whisk or fork, beat milk, salt, egg yolks, and 3 tablespoons sugar until blended. Sprinkle gelatin evenly over egg-yolk mixture; let stand 1 minute to soften gelatin slightly.
Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until gelatin completely dissolves and mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon, about 15 minues (do not boil or mixture will curdle).
Remove saucepan from heat; stir in rum and lemon peel. Cover and refrigerate until custard mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon, about 40 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, prepare 9" pie crust as directed below but do notbake; set aside.
3. In large bowl, with mixture at high speed, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; gradually sprinkle in 1/4 cup sugar, beating until sugar completely dissolves and whites stand in stiff peaks. Gently fold gelatin mixture into beaten whites with 1 container mixed candied fruit (about 1/2 cup). Spoon filling into crust. Refrigerate pie until filling is set, about 2 hours.
4. To serve, garnish pie with remaining mixed candied fruit.
*** PIE CRUST ***
1. Preheat oven to 375'F. If you would like to make your own graham-cracker crumbs, pulverize crackers in blender or in food processor with knife blade attached as manufacturer directs; or place them in sturdy plastic bag and roll into fine crumbs with rolling pin.
2. In pie plate or bowl, mix crumbs with remaining ingredients. If you like, set aside 3 tablespoons mixture for topping. With hand, press mixture onto bottom and up side of pie plate.
3. Chill piecrust well; Fill as recipe directs or with chilled pie filling; top with reserved crumb mixture or garnish as recipe directs.