It’s really not spring here yet, but I can feel it’s arrival any day now, and what better way to celebrate than with lemon meringue pie. It is Grant’s favourite pie, and I just had to make it on a bright sunny day, feeling that this spring in particular is so welcome!
- 5 large egg yolks (save the whites for meringue below)
- 1 1/3 cups of water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (yes – fresh is best!)
- zest of 2 lemons
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, soft and at room temperature
Whisk egg yolks together and set aside.
Combine water, sugar, cornstarch, salt lemon juice and lemon zest in a medium heavy bottom saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring FREQUENTLY. Trust me, you don’t want this to burn. Once it thickens up, S L O W L Y stir a couple of tablespoons into the reserved egg yolks. Stir constantly and add another couple of tablespoons of the lemon sauce. Add the egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan with the rest of the lemon mixture and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. This will thicken and release large bubbles, demonstrating just how thick the mixture is. Remove from heat and stir in the butter, continuing to stir until the butter has melted.
Pour into partially baked pie crust. Set aside while you whip the meringue.
Preheat oven to 350
- 5 large egg whites
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar together on medium speed just until blended. Turn beaters to high and slowly add in the sugar and salt. Beat on high until stiff peaks form.
Using a large spoon dollop meringue all over the pie, being very careful to have it reach right to the edges, and touching the pie crust. (This will help to keep the meringue from separating away from the crust, and theoretically from weeping too much but mine always weeps??). Use the back of your large spoon to create swirls in the meringue.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, watching so it is just nicely browned.
Set on the counter for 1 hour and then put in the fridge for at least 4 hours to allow the lemon curd to set.
One of my favourite sources for baking recipes is Sally’s Baking Addiction, and this lemon meringue pie recipe came straight from her blog. Make sure to check it out, she has so many great tips and videos to create amazing treats.