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Making a Lemon Meringue Pie
Peice of Lemon Meringue Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie is a dessert dish that hasn't been around much over the last 20 years, but it is coming back into fashion again, take a look at the internet every cook of importance has Lemon Meringue Pie recipes, Jamie Oliver, Martha Stewart, Gordon Ramsey plus much more.
It's a pie that takes a while to get it perfect, you can have many failures, but with perseverance, you will get it right, you will wonder why it took so long.
These pies can be made quickly if you have a bought pie crust all ready to use, but I think it always tastier to have a home-made pie crust. There are many version available, it's up to you to decide what kind you like best.
Here're a few pie crust recipes I have been using over the years. This first one has lemon juice in it, appropriate for a pie like this.
1/4 lb butter, 2 oz sugar, 1egg yolk, 1 tablespoon water, 1/2 lb flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, pinch salt,
Method: Soften butter and sugar, add yolk and water, sift in the flour, baking powder, salt, add lemon juice.
Press into a pie dish, put baking pie weights in, and bake in a hot oven for 20 mins, remove baking pie weights if you have used them (recommended), then return to oven for another 1 minute to dry out pastry base.
Short Pie Crust.
1/2 lb flour, 1/4 lb butter, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, a small half cup of water.
Method: Soft the butter,(good if at room temperate) then rub it into the sifted flour, cream of tartar, dissolve baking soda in the water and add.
Roll out and line a dish for the pie, (not a sweet crust) follow instructions as above.
Sweet Shortcrust Pastry
This is a nice sweet shortcrust pastry, I already have added it for another one of my articles on pies, cannot add it here as it will be classed as duplicated. if interested click here.
How to make pie crust - Pie crust recipe
Always use eggs a few days old (never fresh) and at room temperature, for the meringue.
Lemon Meringue Pie
There are many recipes for making pies, sometimes it can be helpful to view someone else making them.
This pie is usually eaten as a dessert, very nice, cooled a little and eaten with vanilla ice-cream.
As in most food using lemons flavor is determine by the lemons you use as every lemon as a different taste, tatty, bitter or sweet.
- Three eggs
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 teaspoon melted butter
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- Mix thoroughly the 3 egg yolks (beat lightly), add the honey, flour and lemon juice, flesh and grated rind of half the lemon, and melted butter.
- After mixing in order given, add the milk.
- Pour into the pie dish which has been lined with a good crust, prick to prevent air bubbles.
- Bake until set.
- Cover with meringue ( 3 beaten egg whites, 3 tablespoons of honey, few drops of lemon juice), spoon on top of lemon filling
- Return to oven and bake until it is a nice brown, about 10 mins.
How to prepare a tart shell + how to blind bake a tart shell (part 2)
About the above Video - What's blind baking ?
Baking blind (sometimes called pre-baking) is the process of baking a pie crust or other pastry without the filling. Blind baking a pie crust is necessary when it will be filled with an unbaked filling (such as with pudding or cream pies)
Tools for Blind Pie Baking.
There are many tools available on the market to help with making pies, weights are very useful to have and in no time you will discover which works the best for you, whatever you decide on, the idea (just in case you are not sure) is to prevent the shrinking that can occur while baking the crust, press the crust into the pan, prick with a fork, add the weights, follow instructions and you will have a perfect crust to make any pie.
Happy pie making.
Making Lemon Meringue Pies
Pies like this are a test of time, in other words, can be a complete waste of time because there is an art in doing this, I have had many failures, but my family away's ate them, they were never wasted, just added whipped cream to the side as I served it up, after the pie had cooled down.
Links to Making a Lemon Meringue Pie. - Also help for Meringue topping success.
There is a art to having a success when making these pies.
Here are a few sites that have lots of ideas to make this a successful occasion.
- Gluten Free Lemon Meringue Pie.
Gluten-Free Lemon Meringue Pie is a luscious sweet and tart pie baked in a buttery gluten-free pie crust.
- Mary's Lemon Meringue Pie
Mary Berry shows you how to make an easy lemon meringue pie with no soggy bottoms in sight.
- Not So Humble Pie
Not a soggy bottom pool pie, lot's of good hints for a successful Lemon Meringue pie.
- What's Cooking America.
This classic lemon meringue pie is exceptional and is absolutely beautiful to behold!
- How to make Meringue Pie Topping
Peaks and swirls of meringue are the crowning glory to some of the most beloved pies...
Meringue all ready to spoon onto Lemon Meringue Pie.
Never use plastic bowls (tupperware), wet or greasy bowls as the egg whites will not beat nicely they will be flat and not become peaky.
© 2013 Elsie Hagley