The Ultimate Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

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  1. Make pie shell: Mix flour, sugar and salt in a food processor, by pulsing a few times.
  2. Scatter the frozen butter pieces over flour mixture.
  3. Pulse in 1-second pulses about 5 times to mix in butter.
  4. Add frozen shortening; pulsing in 1-second pulses until mixture resembles cornmeal with pieces about the size of peas.
  5. Slowly add ice water through the processor feed tube, with motor running, one tbsp at a time.
  6. When dough forms a ball, stop processing.
  7. It should take about 2 or 3 tbsp of ice water to reach this stage.
  8. Shape dough into a ball in your flour coated hands, and then flatten into a 4 inch wide disk.
  9. Flour disk and wrap in plastic.
  10. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  11. Generously coat your work surface or pastry sheet with a little flour and about 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs.
  12. Place dough on floured surface, coat with some flour and graham cracker crumbs, and roll into a 9-inch disk.
  13. Lift, coat surface with more graham and flour, turn dough, add more graham and flour on top, and roll out to a 13 inch disk.
  14. Place into a 9 inch pie pan, and finish edges.
  15. Refrigerate crust until firm, about 30 minutes.
  16. Prick dough with a fork to prevent bubbling up in the oven.
  17. While the oven is pre-heating to 375, put pie crust in freezer.
  18. Bake at 375 for 20- 25 minutes, checking occasionally to make sure it's browning evenly and not bubbling up.
  19. Lemon Filling: Whisk sugar, cornstarch, and salt together in a large, nonreactive saucepan.
  20. Add egg yolks, then immediately but gradually whisk in 1 1/2 cups water.
  21. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking regularly, 8- 10 minutes, until thickened.
  22. Remove from heat, whisk in zest, then juice, and finally butter.
  23. Keep warm until meringue is made.
  24. Meringue topping: Mix cornstarch and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan.
  25. Bring to a simmer, whisking occasionally until thickened.
  26. Remove from heat when translucent and thickened.
  27. Preheat oven to 325.
  28. In a large mixing bowl, mix cream of tartar and sugar together.
  29. Beat egg whites with whip attachment of mixer until frothy. Add vanilla.
  30. Beat in sugar mixture, 1 tbsp at a time.
  31. Then drop in cornstarch mixture, 1 tbsp at a time until stiff peaks form.
  32. Pour warm lemon filling into pie crust.
  33. Distribute meringue evenly over the top, starting with the edges, and then the middle.
  34. Make sure it attaches to the crust.
  35. Lifting with the back of the spoon, create peaks in the meringue.
  36. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  37. Cool completely before serving.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 473.61 Kcal (1983 kJ)
Calories from fat 178.12 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.79g 30%
Cholesterol 150.86mg 50%
Sodium 861.93mg 36%
Potassium 199.67mg 4%
Total Carbs 64.13g 21%
Sugars 26.57g 106%
Dietary Fiber 3.49g 14%
Protein 10.79g 22%
Vitamin C 6.7mg 11%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Calcium 112mg 11%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 201.66 Kcal (844 kJ)
Calories from fat 75.85 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.43g 30%
Cholesterol 64.24mg 50%
Sodium 367.01mg 36%
Potassium 85.02mg 4%
Total Carbs 27.31g 21%
Sugars 11.31g 106%
Dietary Fiber 1.49g 14%
Protein 4.6g 22%
Vitamin C 2.8mg 11%
Iron 1.2mg 15%
Calcium 47.7mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 10.4
  • 13

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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