Lemon Meringue Pie

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Ed’s mom gave me the lemon filling recipe after a “lemon soup” incident.  This recipe sets nicely.

Crust

Take the dough for a one-crusted pie out of the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 400°F.

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Roll the dough out until it will fit your pie pan.

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Place the dough in the pan and crimp the edges.

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Fit parchment paper into the dough and fill it with rice or beans to weigh it down.  This will keep the dough from slipping down as it bakes.

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Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the parchment and weight.  Bake another 5-10 minutes until golden brown.  Cool completely.

Lemon Filling

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

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Combine the sugar and cornstarch, then mix in the water.

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Separate the eggs, saving the whites for the meringue.

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Beat 1/3 cup lemon juice and the egg yolks together.

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Add the lemon juice and yolks to the bowl and combine.

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Cook over boiling water until thickened, about 10 minutes.

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Stir in the butter and remaining lemon juice.

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Pour the lemon filling through a strainer into the cooled crust and cool completely.

Meringue

Ingredients

  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 375°F.  Begin beating the egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar until they begin to get frothy.  Add the sugar, 1 Tbsp at a time, while beating at a high speed, until stiff peaks form.

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A stiff peak.

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Spread onto the lemon filling, making a nice design with a spoon.  The edges will look prettier than if it is a smooth top.

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Bake for 10 minutes until the meringue is nicely browned.  Cool for 30 minutes, then chill at least 3 hours before serving.

3 Comments

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3 responses to “Lemon Meringue Pie

  1. That lemon meringue looks so good! I have never seen the brown rice trick before, and your crust looks so perfect. I will have to try this one when I get home!

  2. everydaywoman

    Wow! Does it taste as good as it looks? What a masterpiece! I hear specialty magazines calling for your secrets!

  3. Kira

    That is a beautiful pie! Inspires me to bake… or to come over to your house.

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