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Lemon Meringue Pie

Source: American Egg Board
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  6 to 8 servings
After a heavy meal or whenever else your palate needs something light and refreshing, the tang of a citrus fruit seems to satisfy as no other flavor. It’s no wonder Lemon Meringue Pie is a perennial favorite. In this classic recipe, the tartness of lemon in a smooth, egg yolk-thickened filling is balanced by the sweetness of a soft and fluffy egg-white meringue topping. Though the recipe has two parts -- filling and topping -- both are easy to accomplish to produce luscious results.
2 cups sugar, divided
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups cold water plus 1/3 cup cool water, divided
1/2 cup lemon juice
5 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons butter
1 to 3 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 (9-inch) pie shell, baked and cooled
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Lemon peel twists, optional
Mint leaves, optional
Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe at
In large saucepan, stir together 1 1/2 cups of the sugar, 1/3 cup of the cornstarch and the salt. Gradually stir in the 1 1/2 cups cold water and the lemon juice until smooth.

In small bowl, beat egg yolks until well blended. Stir into sugar mixture until blended. Add butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon peel. Pour hot filling into pie shell.

In large mixing bowl at high speed, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy. Add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are glossy and stand in soft peaks. (Rub just a bit of meringue between thumb and forefinger to feel if sugar has dissolved.)

Into small saucepan, sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Add the remaining 1/3 cup cool water. Let stand 1 minute. Stir well. Bring to boiling, stirring constantly. Let cool a few minutes. Add to egg whites, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, beating constantly. Beat in vanilla.

Spread meringue over hot filling, starting with small amounts at edges and sealing to crust all around. Cover pie with remaining meringue, spreading evenly in attractive swirls.

Bake in preheated 325 degrees F oven until peaks are lightly browned, about 16 to 18 minutes.

Cool on wire rack, about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Serve immediately or refrigerate, uncovered, until serving. Garnish with lemon peel twists and mint leaves, if desired. Refrigerate any leftovers.

(Note: When pie is refrigerated, beads may form on meringue. Gently touch beads with tip of folded paper towel until absorbed.) With the softness of eggs, corn syrup, sugar and butter contrasting with the crunch of nuts, the filling of traditional Southern Pecan Pie is appreciated by Northerners and Southerners alike. For this recipe, you can enhance the pie’s nutty flavor with ground pecans in the crust or opt for a traditional pastry crust. And, for this first cousin to custard pie, there’s no reason why you can’t use any type of nut you prefer or have on hand. Almonds, cashews, filberts/hazelnuts, macadamias, pistachios and walnuts are all possibilities.

Recipe reprinted by permission of American Egg Board. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 11/11/2008
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Rating: 5
by: Joy, NY Reviewed: 09/18/2009
Just Like Mama use to make
This pie tasted just like the one my mother use to make. It is hard to find a good lemon mering.ue in the bakery or supermarket but you can bake one.
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