I’ve been longing for the perfect lemon meringue pie . This pie is my husband’s favourite pie , so of course , being a good wife that i am , i really wanted to make one that is perfect . I’ve made lemon meringue pie 2 times in the past few weeks , both times , there was always something that went wrong .. whether the filling isn’t thick enough , or maybe the meringue shrunk , or not enough filling ..
So .. last night , i decided let’s try to make it again , and this time , make it RIGHT !!
Well i think i did !! NO no .. i know i did well !!! So below is a somewhat a tutorial of how to make the perfect lemon meringue pie .
The Pie Crust , make this ahead , you need :
1 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
1 stick of COLD unsalted butter
pinch of salt
1 tbsp. of sugar
2 tbsp. of ICE COLD water ( you might need more just add by tsp. until you reach the right consistency )
I am using food processor for this , it saves me a lot of time , i am sure you can do it manually too . Mix the flour , sugar and salt , pulse until it blends well . . Then , add the butter ( cut in cubes before adding in ) pulse few more times until they mix , and resembles coarsed peas . Then add the cold water while keeping the processor running .Don’t overmix it , if it’s too dry add more water , don’t add too much or it will become too sticky .
When you’re ready , roll out your crust with rolling pin , transfer to the pie pan . Poke holes everywhere with fork , add parchment paper and then pie weights . Or used buttered foil , before adding pie weights .
For more details about the pie crust , go to my other recipe Pecan Pie , that has more details picture to make the crust . Bake the crust at 400 F , about 20 minutes then take out the pie weights , and bake extra 15 minutes . Take them out and let it cool .
For the Lemon Filling , you need :
1 1/3 cups of lemon juice , about 15-16 small lemons
2 cups of sugar
8 tbsp. of cornstarch
8 eggs (reserved the egg whites for the meringue )
In a small pot , whisk together the sugar and cornstarch . Then slowly pour the lemon juice , keep whisking until it’s all mixed well . Start cooking them , medium low heat . Beat the 8 eggs , on a small bowl , then start tempering the eggs . ( Add little bit of lemon juice sugar mixture that started to warm , and mix with the eggs , then pour the tempered eggs mixture into the pot , while keep whisking to prevent scrambling the eggs )This probably takes about 10 minutes , the mixture should be very thick . Remove from the heat , throughout the whole process try to keep whisking .
1, Mix the 2 cups of sugar and 8 tbsp. of cornstarch . Mix well .
2. Pour 1 1/3 cup of lemon juice into the mixture .
3. On medium low heat , keep whisking the mixture . Then beat 8 egg yolks , and temper the eggs to prevent scrambling . Then add the tempered eggs mixture into the lemon juice mixture . And keep whisking until the mixture becomes thick .
4. After 10 minutes your mixture should be thick enough and look like this . Remove from the heat .
After the pie crust has been cooling , immediately add the lemon filing in . If you stop at this step , it will be called Lemon Pie .
Now time to make the meringue .
For the meringue , you need :
8 egg whites , reserved from egg yolks earlier .
1./2 tsp. cream of tartar
12 tbsp. powdered sugar
In a large stainless steel bowl , make sure everything is dry , the bowl , the mixer , then start beating the egg whites and cream of tartar until it’s foamy .Add the powdered sugar little at a time , keep beating until stiff peak reached .
1.Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar til it’s foamy then add your powdered sugar little at a time .
2. This is when you want to stop beating them , this is what they call stiff peak , when you pull out your mixer and the tip stayed up straight . Do not overbeat .
Now , it’s time to add your meringue to the lemon pie .Spread your meringue , ALL THE WAY to cover up the crust , ( if you don’t cover all the edges of the crust your meringue will shrink later on )
Use the mixer pull the meringue lightly before baking them at 325 F about 25 minutes .
This is how it looks when it’s done.