When Life Gives You Lemons...

Make a Lemon Meringue Pie!

I love this lemony creation! I made one (not the most beautiful I've ever made) today. The recipe is a classic from "Joy of Cooking."

I used frozen dough and shaped my own crust. Here is the recipe for the rest of the pie.

Lemon Meringue Pie

Combine in a 2- or 3- quart saucepan:
1.5 C sugar
6 T cornstarch
1/4 t salt

Gradually blend in until smooth:
1/2 C cold water
1/2 C fresh lemon juice

Add, blending thoroughly:
3 egg yolks, well beaten
Add: 2 T unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Stirring constantly, gradually add:
1.5 C boiling water
Bring to a full boil, stirring gently. Once it begins to thicken, reduce the heat and simmer slowly 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in:
1 t grated lemon zest
Pour into the baked pie shell.

For the meringue
Beat in a clean glass or metal bowl on medium speed until foamy:
4 egg whites, at room temp
Add and beat until soft peaks form:
1/4 t cream of tartar
Beat on high speed until the peaks are stiff and glossy but not dry. Beat in:
1/2 t vanilla
Spread over the hot filling, anchoring it to the crust at all points. Bake for 20 minutes at 350, but watch color of meringue closely. Cool completely on rack.


elizabeth  – (September 9, 2009 at 10:10 PM)  

PIE! Who cares if it's not your handsomest creation, I bet it tasted plenty pretty!

Recipe of the Month!  – (March 21, 2011 at 12:23 PM)  

im trying it! I made a lemon meringue pie at the in-laws with fresh from the tree lemons but the middle never set. It called for an egg white in there. THis recipe makes a lot more sense. I'll have to let you know how it turns out!

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