Lemon Meringue Pie


Lemon meringue pie is a classic dessert that is relatively easy to make. It consists of a lemon custard filling, topped with a meringue. The pie can be served either hot or cold, although it is generally served cold.

Ingredients

  • 200g shortcrust pastry
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 40g cornflour
  • 600ml milk
  • 3 egg whites
  • 100g caster sugar

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.
  2. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use it to line a 20cm/8in pie dish. Trim the excess pastry from the edge of the dish.
  3. Prick the base of the pastry case all over with a fork.
  4. Line the pastry case with baking parchment and fill with baking beans. Bake blind for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the beans and parchment and return the pastry case to the oven for a further 5 minutes until the pastry is golden-brown and cooked through.
  6. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  7. Grate the zest of the lemon into a bowl.
  8. Juice the lemon and add to the bowl.
  9. Add the egg yolks, sugar, cornflour and milk to the bowl and whisk together until the mixture is smooth.
  10. Pour the mixture into the cooled pastry case.
  11. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and continue to whisk until the mixture forms stiff peaks.
  12. Spread the meringue over the lemon filling, making sure to cover the filling completely.
  13. Place the pie in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes until the meringue is golden-brown.
  14. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.

Potential changes & improvements

There are a few potential changes and improvements that can be made to this recipe:

  • The pastry case can be made using either shortcrust or puff pastry. If using puff pastry, the baking time may need to be increased slightly.
  • The filling can be made using either fresh or bottled lemon juice. If using bottled lemon juice, make sure to use a good quality brand.
  • The meringue can be flavoured with vanilla extract, if desired.

What other food it works well with

Lemon meringue pie goes well with a number of other foods, including:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Ice cream
  • Whipped cream

Common Mistakes

There are a few common mistakes that are often made when making lemon meringue pie:

  • Over-baking the pastry case – this will result in a dry and crumbly pastry.
  • Under-baking the meringue – this will result in a meringue that is not golden-brown and may not be cooked through.
  • Not covering the filling completely with the meringue – this will result in the filling leaking out during cooking.

Nutritional Information

Lemon meringue pie is a relatively high calorie dessert. A typical serving (1/8 of a pie) contains approximately:

  • Calories: 500
  • Fat: 23g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 140mg
  • Sodium: 230mg
  • Carbohydrates: 67g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 42g
  • Protein: 7g

Lemon meringue pie also contains a small amount of Vitamin C.

Allergens

Lemon meringue pie contains the following allergens:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Wheat

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