Lemon Meringue Pie

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Lemon Meringue Pie has to be an all time summer family favourite. Perfect eaten warm and cold, as a large pie or smaller individual pies.

The debate remains – just because it is called a pie, is it  a pie?

You will need:

For the pastry:

  • 140g Self raising flour
  • 70g Butter
  • 4-6 tbsp Water

Filling:

  • 250ml Water
  • Juice and zest of one Lemon
  • 120g Caster Sugar
  • 30g Butter
  • 30g Cornflour
  • 4 x Egg Yolks

Meringue:

  • 4 x Egg whites
  • 100g Caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp Cream of tartar
  • ¼ tsp Salt

Method:

  • Grease a 23cm loose flan tin, if you don’t have a loose bottom one then a glass/china dish will work really well too.

The Pastry:

  • Mix the flour and butter until it resembles bread crumbs, add the water a table spoon at a time until you achieve a non-sticky ball of dough. (If you have added a little too much water just add another sprinkle of flour).
  • Allow the pastry to rest for 10mins.
  • Heat the oven to 180degrees.
  • Roll the pastry out on a floured surface, slightly larger then you need. Line the flan tin with the pastry. I leave the pastry over hanging the side a little because this pastry does have a tendency to shrink while baking.
  • TOP TIP: use a ball of pastry to press the pie into the sides of the tin. This will help prevent accidental ripping.
  • Prick the bottom all over with a fork.
  • Line with grease proof paper and beans and blind bake for 10mins.

The Lemon Filling:

  • Gently warm the water (less 1 tbsp of the water) with the sugar, lemon juice and zest until the sugar has dissolved, then remove from the heat.
  • Blend the cornflour in the reserved 1tbsp of water along with the egg yolk. Stir until smooth.
  • Add the cornflour and egg yolk mixture to the lemon mixture. If you have accidently left this on the heat do check the temperature – if it is too hot you will get scrambled egg!
  • Return to a medium heat and whisk continuously until it thickens, this will take between 5 and 10mins.

The Meringue:

  • Whisk the egg white to soft peak stage.
  • Add the salt and cream of tartar and then the sugar one spoonful at a time until the egg white is thick and glossy and holds nice peeks.

Assembly:

  • Once the pastry case has finished blind baking remove the paper and beans, trim off any excess pastry.
  • Pour the lemon filling into the pastry case.
  • Spoon or pipe the meringue over, I piped this one to create a spiky wave like finish.
  • Bake for 15-25mins or until the meringue is golden.
  • Serve straight away, or warm or even cold the next day!

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