Lemon Meringue Pie
Updated: Feb 2
Tangy meets sweet. This lemon meringue has a sweet crispy bottom layer, covered with a smooth tangy lemon pie and topped with meringue sweet, kisses, the taste is an experience
250g digestive biscuits
2-3 teaspoons grated lemon rind
¼ cup cornflour
¼ cup plain flour
1 cup caster sugar
¾ cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
40g unsalted butter
6 egg yellow
1½ cups water
Meringue kisses (in my case pillows)
6 egg whites
1½ cups caster sugar
1 teaspoon cornflour
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Process biscuits and lemon rind until finely crushed. Add melted butter and mix well.
Press the biscuit mixture into the base of greased pie dish. Use a glass or a spoon to push the mixture into and around the sides of the dish.
To make the filling, place the flours and sugar in a medium pan.
Over medium heat whisk in the lemon juice, rind and water, whisk continually until the mixture boils and thickens.
Reduce the heat and cook for another minute, then whisk in the butter.
Turn stove off and add egg yolks, one at a time.
Pour the filling over biscuit base and bake for 10-15 minutes.
Increase the oven to hot 220C.
Beat the egg whites in a dry bowl with an electric egg beater, until soft peaks form.
Add the sugar gradually (I added a tablespoon at a time) beating constantly until the meringue is thick and glossy.
Beat in the cornflour.
Spoon meringue into a piping bag (or if you don’t have one like me, just use a sandwich bag, snip off the tip of a sandwich bag about an inch in diameter).
Pipe the meringue lightly, raising the piping bag at the same time to create those cute little pointy tips.
If you have a great oven then put the meringue kisses on top of a cooled pie.
Bake for 5-6 minutes.
If you have a really BAD oven like mine then you need to pipe the meringue onto a separate tray lined with baking paper and only put five meringues in the centre of the tray at a time for five minutes.
I chose to make meringue kisses, and to decorate the pie with blueberries and flowers (the red balls are from the tree outside my house), but you can get creative and use whatever you like.
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