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Sunday, 18 March 2012

Lemon Meringue Pie

I wasn't really planning on posting this Lemon Meringue Pie so soon, but I posted this pic on Facebook and Twitter and there was such a positive reaction that I thought I had better get on with it!

I don't often make Lemon Meringue Pie because it always seems a bit of a fiddle, blind baking the pastry, making the lemon filling and then, the easy bit, whipping up the Meringue topping.  However, it is a favourite of my MIL and as it was Mother's Day, I thought I would treat her. 

I'm also entering this for Alpha Bakes, I'm pushing it a bit as the letter this month is 'M',  Lemon Meringue Pie.   Alphabakes is co-hosted by Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker and Caroline from Caroline Makes. This month Caroline is in charge of the challenge and you can find out how to join in HERE

Lemon Meringue Pie

Pastry base
225g plain flour
150g butter, diced
25g caster sugar
1 egg yolk

Sift the flour into a blowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the caster sugar, then mix to a dough with the egg yolk and a little cold water if necessary.  Wrap in clingfilm and leave to rest in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.  Roll out on a lightly dusted work surface and use to line a 9 inch loose-bottomoned flan tin.

Bake blind, covering the base with baking paper or foil and fill with baking beans.  Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 20 minutes, remove the beans and paper and return to the oven for 5-10 minutes until lightly coloured.

Lemon filling
2 large lemons
40g cornflour
300ml water
2 egg yolks
75g caster sugar

Grate the rind and squeeze the juice from the lemons and put in a bowl with the cornflour.  Add two tbsp from the water and blend to form a paste.  Boil the rest of the water and pour onto the cornflour mixture.  Put the mixture into a pan and bring to the boil stirring all the time, simmer for about 3 minutes until it is thick.

Remove from the heat and add the egg yolks and sugar, then return to the stove and heat through for a minute.  Remove from the heat and leave to cool for a minute.  Then spoon into the baked pastry case.

Meringue topping
3 egg whites
125g caster sugar

Heat the oven  to 160C
Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, add the sugar a teaspoon at a time, whisking in well after each spoonful.  Spoon over the lemon filling spreading right up to the edge of the pastry.  Bake for 30 minutes until the meringue is pale golden brown.


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At 18 March 2012 at 20:53 , Blogger Donkey said...

looks really lovely - like lemon curd, I wasn't a fan as a kid, but i've grown up(not that my friends would agree) and will have to try this very soon.
I also agree with you regarding the amount of work invovled, but it looks worth it :-)

At 18 March 2012 at 20:58 , Blogger Andrew Davies said...

Along with Treacle Tart, probably my fave dessert ever, looks wonderful

At 18 March 2012 at 21:08 , Blogger Net said...


At 18 March 2012 at 21:20 , Anonymous Helen T said...

Can't beat a great retro pudding, and this looks fabulous!

At 18 March 2012 at 21:57 , Blogger Angela M - Garden Tea Cakes and Me said...

Lemon Meringue pie one of my favourites particularly in the Summer. Looks wonderful!

At 18 March 2012 at 22:07 , Blogger Susan said...

Whats not to like about that, so love it! x

At 18 March 2012 at 22:12 , Blogger Baking Addict said...

It's a great M bake so thank you for entering! I LOVE lemon meringue pie but have never made my own. I really should or I'll just pop over to yours and get you to bake me one :) X

At 18 March 2012 at 22:29 , Blogger Unknown said...

Meringue is always good in my book. This looks fab!

At 19 March 2012 at 06:58 , Blogger Chele said...

This is my Granny's fave dessert. And what a beauty yours has turned out ;0)

At 19 March 2012 at 15:23 , Blogger Elizabeth said...

Mmm yummy! I ~love~ lemon meringue pie!

At 19 March 2012 at 22:09 , Blogger Grazing Kate said...

looks so good - I tried making 'apple meringue pie' last week and it was a bit of an 'epic fail' as my 10 year old son would say. Weird recipe - most of the apple disappeared and my meringue was nowhere near as good as yours. I shall consult your blog post next time!

At 20 March 2012 at 12:45 , Blogger scrumptious days said...

How totally delicious. I can still remember the first lemon meringue pie I made with my mother, I must make one again soon. Yours looks so fabulous.

At 20 March 2012 at 15:38 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

I LOVE lemon meringue pie and yours is a wee stunner Janice!

At 16 August 2013 at 00:41 , Blogger cooking with curls said...

I absolutely love lemon! I have not made a lemon meringue pie in years. Yours looks so delicious I think that I should make one soon :)


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