Monday, 31 August 2009

Lemon Meringue Pie

100g unsalted cold butter, cubed
70g icing sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
225g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder

Place butter and icing sugar in a food processor, pulse it a few times until it comes together. Add egg and vanilla essence and pulse it a few more times. Finally add in the flour and baking powder. Pulse until it comes together as a dough. Press onto the bottom of a pie dish, or alternatively pop it in the freezer for 5 minutes, then roll it out with a rolling pin and line the base of a pie plate. Refrigerate pastry for 15 minutes, and dot the pastry with a fork before baking in the oven at 180 degrees Celcius for 12-15 minutes until nice and golden.

Lemon Curd
Zest and Juice of 4 lemons
100g castor sugar
6 egg yolks
2 tbsp corn flour

Place all ingredients in a heat proof bowl and whisk it all together over a pot of simmering water until the curd becomes thick. While it is still warm, spoon it straight into the pastry base.

6 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
200g castor sugar

Beat egg whites with cream of tartar on high speed until stiff peaks. Add castor sugar, a tablespoon at a time. What you're looking for is a thick, glossy and perfectly smooth meringue. Spoon meringue over the tart, as crazy as you possibly can! Bake in a moderately slow oven, 150 degrees Celcius for 45 minutes.

There! You have yourself a classic Lemon Meringue Pie!

(Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens, spring issue, Episode 28, Fast Ed's segment - slightly revised) Best Blogger Tips


kenwooi said...

wow looks really nice! i made blueberry pie before.. but it doesnt look as good as that! =P

Anonymous said...

ur pastry base is so pretty! mine always shrinks after putting into the oven. why ah? (michelle lee btw)

Wandernut said...

Lovely pie!! Lemon meringue is one of my favourites!!!!

I normally use salted butter when I make pie. Gives the pastry a nice kick to accent the sweet filling :) Sometimes I even add pinch of sea salt :)

Grace said...

kenwooi: Thanks for popping by! :) Blueberry pie sounds good...

Michelleeee!! How are you darls?? According to Fast Ed from better homes and gardens, you put it in the fridge before baking and dot the base of the pastry to avoid it shrinking. Try it?? Or maybe try blind baking it, ie. put some rice on baking paper and weight it on the pastry.

Nutty: This pie was soooo sweet, but the tangy lemonny goodness kinda balance it out a little. I suppose meringues are meant to be sweet. You're right! I use salted butter too... but I don't know why th original recipe calls for unsalted. And the sweet salty sour taste is just.... indescribable! :D

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this recipe. Saw Fast Ed making it on tv but missed the mag.

I am trying it today for a friend's dinner. I think I will go half on the sugar.

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