Friday, September 2, 2011
Favorite Lemon Meringue Pie
We’re having lots of company over this coming three-day weekend. I did quite a bit of baking today to get ready for our guests. One of the desserts I made today was a lemon meringue pie. It’s a family—and company—favorite!
Lemon Meringue Pie
Prebaked 9-inch pie crust, cooled
1 ½ cups filtered or distilled water
¾ cup granulated sugar
3 T. cornstarch
3 T. flour
4 large egg yolks
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 ½ tsp. finely grated lemon peel
3 T. unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 large egg whites
½ tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. cream of tartar
¼ cup granulated sugar
Beat the 4 large egg yolks together in small bowl; set aside. Blend water, sugar, salt, cornstarch and flour in medium sized saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir about a quarter cup of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks; then return to the hot mixture over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook over for another minute. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice, lemon peel and butter. Blend well, and pour into bottom pie crust.
Next, prepare the meringue. (Do this while the filling is still hot). Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Beat the ingredients for the meringue together until stiff, glossy peaks form. Spread the meringue over the hot lemon filling, sealing to the pie crust edges. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden. Chill in refrigerator (at least 2-3 hours) until ready to serve.
Have a good weekend everyone!