Friday, January 16, 2009

Lemon Pie with Meringue

This recipe is a clipping from an old women's magazine.

1 lightly baked pie crust shell
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
Yolks of 5 large eggs, reserve whites for meringue
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tbsps cold butter, cut into small pieces

In a 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar with cornstarch. With a wire whisk, stir in 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water, egg yolks and lemon juice. Bring mixture to a gentle boil while stirring. Boil, stirring, for approximately 1 minute until translucent and thick. Remove from heat, stir in the zest and butter until butter is melted and blended in. Pour into the lightly prebaked crust. Make meringue and top pie.

Meringue:

Whites from the 5 large eggs used in pie
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl on low speed of electric mixer until they form soft peaks. Increase speed to medium-high and add sugar, a little at a time, beating just until stiff peaks form. Spoon meringue over the lemon filling and spread to the edges sealing to pie crust. Make decorative swirls in meringue. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees until browned. Cool completely. Refrigerate until serving time. Leftovers should also be refrigerated.

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