Lemon Meringue Pie was always my childhood favourite dessert. Mums recipe was a little cut out one from some out dated ’70’s magazine and I thought it was heaven in a pie dish.
Actually I still think its heaven in a pie dish.
There are so many sweet lemony concoctions that pass as lemon meringue pie. Pastry base vs biscuit base. Tangy vs sweet. Meringue that is sky high or just slapped on.
I get nervous ordering this if I am out somewhere as its such a let down when the taste isn’t up to scratch.
My mums lemon meringue pies have actually evolved a little over time, and depends on who is coming to visit on which type she will make. For me the original is still the best, with a few tweaks from me if I make it though. I’ve only made it a few times as,
1/ I’ll eat it all with no holding back and,
2/ When something is such a favourite, I actually get a little nervous cooking it. High expectations!
The original recipe calls for a biscuit crumb base, but I think the pastry does it more justice though.
Lemon Meringue Pie
300gms (2 cups) plain flour
1 tsp vinegar
1/2 cup icing sugar
a little cold water
Knead dough lightly, cover in cling wrap and rest in fridge for about an hour. Roll dough out. Cutting to pie shape (I did individual sized ones), bake blind at 180C. Pastry does shrink a little, so allow room for that. Any left over pastry can be put in the freezer for another time.
1 tin condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice
grated lemon rind of 2 lemons
3 egg yolks
Add all the ingredients together, combining well, and then carefully spoon into cooked pie shells.
3 egg whites
1/2 cup caster sugar
In a mixer slowly add sugar to egg whites until forms stiff meringue peaks.
Dollop meringue on to lemon mixture in the pie shells, and bake at 180C until peaks start to colour (approx 15 mins).
I also had some left over lemon mixture and meringue, so rather than make up more pies I made a Lemon Meringue Cake. Just added a cup or so of S/R flour to the lemon mixture and then folded the meringue through. Whack it in the oven and bake until springs back and golden. Easy- peasy.