When I was about 10 years old, I decided I wanted to learn to make Lemon Meringue Pie. We had a tree in the backyard and I loved pie. So, it was a perfect combination. I grabbed my mom’s yellow Pillsbury cookbook and went to work, altering it to get the right combination of tartness and sweet.
My dad loved it. I was using up his fresh produce and feeding his sweet tooth at the same time. And, he could give all the unsolicited advice he wanted.
Over the years it became the thing that I made for holidays, and the dessert my mother-in-law would request for family get-togethers. It was my thing.
Since my family doesn’t love pie, it’s been a long time since I’ve made one. I guess you could say this used to be my signature dish. But, I’ll stand by it. And maybe make one to eat all by myself! This is a great recipe. One which I gladly share with you.
Recipe: Lemon Meringue Pie
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 3 eggs yolks, beaten
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 egg whites
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 6 Tablespoons sugar
- 9-inch baked pie shell, cooled
- In medium saucepan, combine sugar with cornstarch. Stir in water, blending until smooth. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Blend small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks. Return to saucepan, mixing well. Cook just until mixture starts to boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in butter, lemon peel, and juice. Cool slightly.
- Prepare meringue. In large mixing bowl, beat 3 egg whites, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar until small peaks form. Gradually beat in 6 Tablespoons sugar, 1 at a time. Beat until stiff peaks form.
- Pour filling into pie shell. Spoon meringue over filling, sealing to crust and spreading to cover.
- Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown. Cool several hours before serving.
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