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Monday, April 11, 2011

Lemon Meringue Pie

When I was little, I loved the meringue on top of lemon pie.  I would try to lift it off my piece and eat it separately.  As I grew older, I reversed my preferences.  I much prefer the lemon filling now.  In fact, if it weren't for those in the family that love the meringue, I'd be tempted to just leave it off.

For many, meringue is the hardest part of the pie.  Thanks to a trick I learned from America's Test Kitchen, it turns out every time and rarely weeps.  Though it sounds weird, the thickened cornstarch really holds the egg whites together.


Lemon Meringue Pie:
1 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup sugar
dash salt
1/2 cup cornstarch dissolved in 1/3 cup water
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 
4 egg yolks
1 Tbls butter
1 9 inch baked pie shell
In a large microwave safe bowl, combine water, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil in the microwave (at this point, you can't ruin it, so just keep adding minutes until it boils). Add the cornstarch/water mixture and boil until clear (2 minutes at a time until it reaches that state, stirring in between cooking). Add the lemon juice and egg yolks and cook until thick (1 minute at a time, stirring after each minute). Add butter, cool and fill a 9 or 10" baked pie shell.
For the Meringue:
4 egg whites, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbls cornstarch
1/4 cup water
Combine the cornstarch and water and microwave until it looks Vaseline (no joke!). Beat the egg whites and sugar until soft peaks appear. Add the cooled cornstarch mixture a dollop at a time and whip until stiff peaks form. Top the lemon pie while it is piping hot, sealing the edges (meringue to crust) and bake 325 degrees for 7 minutes.


38 comments:

ping said...

That looks so delicious! I love lemon meringue. My mum inlaw used to make really good ones but now she's too old to make them. Now you've got me drooling over your pic.

julie said...

Gosh, it's been forever since I've had lemon meringue pie. That looks delicious! I'm more of a lemon girl than a meringue myself as well. :)

LDH said...

Look how gorgeous your pie turned out! It's perfect!

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

Oh where has this been for the last 6 months of my life...ha,ha

Looks GREAT!

Krista said...

I'm glad you you posted this recipe as I just tried to make my first lemon meringue pie. The meringue held up, but unfortunately, the pudding didn't set. I think I may not have cooked it long enough after I added the eggs. Do you know? I'm adding this recipe to my bookmarks for when I attempt it again!

Vimitha Anand said...

Slurp slurp... Tangy and making-me-drool pie :)

Faith said...

I love meringue pies!

Belinda said...

You know how I adore lemon anything...this would have completed my evening. Darn.

Sue said...

I'm with you on the filling. Though your meringue is the picture of perfection, I'm more of a cream topping lover:)

Prathima Rao said...

Pie looks gorgeous!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Joanne said...

Haha I think I'm the opposite of you! Except now I have an appreciation for both meringue AND the filling...looks delicious!

Emily Malloy said...

GORGEOUS.

I love the amount of meringue on the pie. It is the BEST PART!

Bev said...

That looks delicious, I am definitely in the mood for lemon because it is spring!!

Roxana GreenGirl said...

i'm with you. i much prefer the lemon filling, not a meringue fan.
next time I'll use your trick and add some cornstarch.
thanks for sharing Kirsten

ryann2 said...

This looks SO good! I'm like you and could easily go without the meringue!

Hester said...

Martha Stewart take note! You have competition lady! This is a stunning lemon meringue pie. Good tip with the cornstarch.

Elisabeth said...

Your lemon meringue pie is gorgeous...wouldn't be famous for the name, without the mile high topping. Love it!!!

aipi said...

Delicious and Gorgeous..can I come over :))

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michelle said...

I LOVE meringue!

Candi said...

That looks amazing!!! And beautiful!

Michael Toa said...

The pie looks wonderful. Love the high meringue topping. yum!

Torviewtoronto said...

yummy pie meringue looks good

shopannies said...

so delicious and look at that meringue oh its been a long time since I have had something that good come over and see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

Magic of Spice said...

I have always been big on the lemon filling...Beautiful pie :)

Cranberry Morning said...

My mother made the BEST lemon meringue pie ever. It is so fun to see this post. Brings back great memories...and a healthy appetite. :-)

Lizzy said...

Gorgeous meringue! Thanks for the tip...I'm over due to make a pie, any pie, but this has now moved to the top of the list...yummy!

Heather Lynne said...

This looks amazing! I love lemon meringue pie but have never made it myself.

Ryan said...

Beautiful pie! I love lemon meringue and yours looks awesome with that mile high meringue! Great job!!

happywhennothungry.com said...

This looks beautiful! This pie is perfect for spring too. Yum!

Evan B said...

We were just talking about meringue the other day and how some people just don't like it.. I'm a fan of getting an equal part meringue, lemon filling in every bite :) Looks delicious!

E said...

Kristen, Your pie looks so delicious, and beautiful. I know making a lemon meringue can take some time so I can appreciate all your hard work.

Free Spirit Eater said...

Oh my goodness! This pie looks incredible! Perfect for spring time. Great job thanks so much for sharing! =]

Katerina said...

I am keeping this because my husband just loves this sweet! it looks scrumptious!

Christy said...

such a great dessert...i LOVE lemon meringue pie..it is a classic that i never tire of. thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

The Harried Cook said...

I owe someone a Lemon Meringue Pie (long story!) and this sounds just perfect... Thanks for sharing :) and thanks for that cornstarch tip!

Kita said...

lemon meringue is a staple in our household though I've never tried it. Everyone always requests it though and my dad and I bake and bake away. This post reminds me I should take a second to stop and taste the lemons some time...

The Mom Chef said...

Your pie's meringue is a testament to the fact that the cornstarch technique really does work. It's beautiful.

Like you, I prefer the lemon filling though. Heck, I eat lemon curd by the spoonful the same way people go after Nutella. :)

teacheranne27 said...

I'm so glad you shared this thank you so much.my family love meringue but I have always failed terribly at it I am going to give your tips a try .and I've always cooked everything to do with the filing on top of my stove I have never thought about using my microwave this will be so much quicker !

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