Lemon Meringue Pie

by Anne Papina on July 3, 2003

Lemon Meringue Pie
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • Pastry for one-crust pie.
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon peel
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 4 egg whites
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ cup sugar
  1. On lightly floured pastry cloth, roll the pastry to an 11-inch circle, rolling with light strokes from center to edge. Fold pastry in half; with fold in center, carefully transfer to a 9-inch pie plate.
  2. Unfold: fit into a pie plate, pressing gently toward the center.
  3. Fold edge of crust under; press into an upright rim. Crimp edge decoratively, using thumb and forefinger.
  4. Refrigerate ½ hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 450F.
  6. Prick entire surface evenly with fork. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on rack.
  7. Make lemon filling: in medium saucepan, combine cornstarch, flour, 1¾ cups sugar and the salt, mixing well. Gradually add 2 cups water, stirring until smooth. Over medium heat, bring to boiling, stirring occasionally, boil 1 minute till shiny and translucent.
  8. Quickly stir some of the hot mixture into yolks. Pour back into hot mixture; stir to blend. Return to heat; cook over low heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice, lemon peel and butter. Pour into pie shell.
  9. Preheat oven to 400F.
  10. Make meringue: in medium bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat whites with cream of tartar until frothy. Gradually beat in sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating after each addition. Beat at high speed until stiff peaks form when beater is slowly raised.
  11. Spread meringue over lemon filling, carefully sealing to edge of the crust and swirling the top decoratively. Bake 7 to 9 minutes, or until the meringue is golden-brown.
  12. Let cool completely on rack -- 2½ to 3 hours. Serves 8. Cut with a wet knife.

This one is always a hit — especially with fresh lemons from the garden.

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