Lemon Meringue Pie

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Prior to college I’d dread the return of back-to-school ads, signifying the last bit of freedom before the  deadlines and lack of sleep of the impending school year. Unfortunately, these ads have already begun to infiltrate our television sets, and put us in an end of summer mindset. In order to fill as many  seasonally-appropriate desserts into this last month of summer as possible, I delved into my family’s recipe archives for my grandma’s lemon meringue pie (later heavily revised by my mom), and enclosed it with a graham cracker crust for an added texture and a departure from the typical pie crust. Here’s to a great end of summer! Recipe below the pictures.

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Graham Cracker Crust

Ingredients

  • 12 graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 9 inch pie pan

Directions

1. Crush graham crackers in food processor or by rolling pin (optional: place in gallon Ziploc).

2. Add sugar and melted butter. You should be able to compact the mixture to form a ball. If not, add a bit more butter. Place in 9 inch pie pan, pressing crust in slightly to the edges, making sure to distribute evenly.

3. Bake for 8-10 minutes until outer crust is golden. Refrigerate for 30 minutes (this is where I went wrong my first attempt!)

Pie Filling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup cold water
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions

1. Mix sugar, cornstarch, salt, and water in large nonreactive pan. Bring to simmer over medium heat. Whisk occasionally and beginning more frequently as it begins to thicken. When mix starts to simmer and turn translucent, whisk in egg yolks, two at a time. Whisk in zest, then lemon juice, and butter. Bring to a good simmer, whisking constantly. Remove from heat, place plastic wrap directly on surface of filling to keep hot and to prevent skin from forming.

Meringue

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions

1. Mix cornstarch and water. Bring to simmer. Whisk occasionally at beginning and more frequently as thickens. When mixture starts to simmer and turn translucent, remove from heat. Let cool while beating egg whites.

2. Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Mix cream of tartar and sugar together.

3. Beat egg whites and vanilla until frothy. Beat in sugar mixture, one tablespoon at a time, and gradually add in cornstarch and water mixture. Continuing to beat until stiff peaks form.

4. Remove plastic from lemon filling and return to very low heat during last minute or so of beating meringue. Place filling in graham cracker crust and top with meringue, using a spoon to gently press and lift small sections of meringue to form dollops.

Bake for 8-10 minutes at 325 degrees F until top browns slightly, reaching below the peaks.
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7 comments

  1. I’ve always been intimidated by making lemon meringue pie, but your instructions make it seem pretty straightforward! I love lemon everything – especially lemon bars!

    1. Thanks! It is pretty straightforward, but the post took two tries to figure out the crust…oops! Oooh lemon bars sound great!

  2. Louisa · · Reply

    What about a recipe that’s gluten free for gluten allergy readers? :)

    1. Good idea!! I’ll get to work on that.

  3. Love your foodporn!
    Do you have a recipe of a sugar free equivalent of this?
    Please check out my blog and let’s follow each other! ;-) xx
    http://prettylittletreasures.wordpress.com

  4. wow! you are really talented in baking!!
    I should try making lemon meringue pie!!

    1. Thank you!! Yes you should! Lemon meringue’s tricky, but not as hard as it looks.

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