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Carole Walter's Lemon Meringue Pie
(Copyright Carole Walter, 1992)

Serves 6 to 8
 
 
1 baked 9-inch pie shell    
     
Filling:    
1 1/2 cups sugar
     
6   tablespoons cornstarch
     
1/4   teaspoon salt
     
1 1/2   cups cold water
     
4   large egg yolks
1   tablespoon grated lemon rind
     
2   tablespoons butter
     
1/4 cup lemon juice
     
3   ginger snaps, finely crushed

1. In a medium-size saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually add the cold water, whisking until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 1 minute longer, stirring occasionally.

2. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks. Stir a small amount of filling into the egg yolks to temper them. Then add the yolk mixture to the remaining filling and slowly stir for 1 minute longer. DO NOT OVERMIX.

3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the lemon rind, butter, and juice.

4. Sprinkle the ginger snap crumbs over the baked crust. Pour in the lemon filling while it is still warm, then make the meringue.

 
Meringue:    
1/3   cup sugar
     
2   tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
     
4   large egg whites, at room temperature
1/2   teaspoon cream of tartar
     
1/2   teaspoon vanilla extract
 

1. Position the oven rack to the lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a small bowl, combine the sugars.

3. In the large bowl of an electric mixer fitted with beaters or whip attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until frothy. Add the cream of tartar and increase mixer speed to medium-high. Beat until the egg whites form firm peaks, but are not dry, then add the sugar mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, taking about 1 minute. Add the vanilla. Beat the whites until thick and glossy, about 30 seconds longer.

4. With a tablespoon, drop mounds of meringue in a ring around the edge of the filling, then fill in the center. With the back of a tablespoon, spread the meringue to COMPLETELY cover the filling. Swirl the meringue with the back of the tablespoon to form peaks.

5. Bake the pie in a 400-degree oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool the pie away from drafts. A chill may cause the meringue to fall. Do not cut the pie until it is completely cool.

To prevent meringue from weeping:

  • Blend in the sugar slowly.
  • Spread the meringue on the filling while the filling is still warm.
  • Seal the meringue onto the very edge of the pie.
  • Leave no trace of filling uncovered.
  • Do not overbake.
 
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