This is one of my favourite treats – I just love the crisp buttery shell, the intense tartness of the lemon curd and the soft frothy sweetness of the meringue. Possibly the best ever desert, my mouth waters just thinking about it! I grew up with this recipe of lemon meringue pie, and to me this is what it’s all about. Whenever I order a piece of this scrumptiousness in cafes I am invariably disappointed – I don’t think I’ve ever come across a cafe lemon meringue pie that actually tasted of lemons!
So if you are a fan, try out this recipe and taste it the way it should be!
9” pastry shell
¾ cup sugar
1/3 cup cornflour
1 cup water
2 Tb butter
2 egg yolks
2/3 cup lemon juice
Grated rind 2 lemons
Combine sugar and cornflour in pan, blend in water and lemon juice, stir until smooth. Stir constantly over heat until thick and translucent.
Remove from heat, quickly stir in butter, lemon rind and egg yolks, beat until butter has melted.
Cool – spread over base. Top with meringue and cook in a moderate oven 5-10 minutes.
2 egg whites
¼ cup sugar
Beat egg whites until stiff, gradually adding sugar.