Lemon Meringue Pie

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Lemon Meringue Pie

Ingredients

For the sweet shortcrust pastry

225g/8oz plain white flour
pinch salt
110g/4oz cold unsalted butter, cubed
2 tsp caster sugar
1 medium free-range egg yolk

For the lemon curd

100g/3½oz caster sugar
7 tbsp cornflour
4 large lemons, zest and juice only
6 free-range egg yolks
100g/3½oz unsalted butter, melted

For the meringue

6 medium free-range egg whites
300g/10½oz caster sugar

Method

Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl then add the butter to the flour. Rub between your fingertips until a fine breadcrumb consistency is achieved then add the sugar to the flour and butter. Using your hands, mix to a firm dough with the egg yolk and a little of cold water.

Wrap the dough in cling film and allow to rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before rolling.

Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5 and grease a 23cm/9in fluted loose-bottomed tin. Place the tin onto a baking tray.

Roll out the pastry until it's big enough to generously fit the tin, leaving excess pastry falling over the sides of the tin onto the baking tray underneath the tin . It is important that you don't trim at this stage.

Line the pastry with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans. Now trim the excess pastry using a sharp knife. Bake the pastry case blind for about 15-20 minutes or until the pastry is pale golden and dried out - remove the paper and beans for the last five minutes. Lower the oven heat to 150C/300F/Gas 2.

Meanwhile, for the lemon curd, mix together the sugar, cornflour and enough water to make a paste, in a large bowl. Add 50ml/2fl oz water and the lemon zest to a small pan and bring the boil. Gradually add the hot liquid to the cornflour and sugar, whisking all the time until smooth. Then beat in the egg yolks, lemon juice and butter. Return to the pan cooking over a low heat, stirring all the time, until thickened. Pour into the baked blind pastry case and leave to cool slightly while you make the meringue.

For the meringue, whisk the egg whites in a large bowl with an electric whisk - until they form stiff peaks. Add the caster sugar, a spoonful at a time, whisking well and at a high speed between each addition. Transfer the meringue into a piping bag (with a plain nozzle) and pipe the meringue on top of the lemon curd.

Bake for about 35-45 minutes until the meringue is crisp on the outside and soft and marshmallow-like underneath.

Serve warm or cold in slices.

Products Used

Home Made Traditional Stoneware 29cm Mixing Bowl

Master Class Crusty Bake Non-stick Fluted Round 23cm Quiche Tin

Master Class Non-Stick 35cm x 25cm Baking Tray

Kitchen Craft Tub of Ceramic Baking Beans (500g)

Kitchen Craft Oval Handled Stainless Steel Zester

Master Class Non-Stick Heavy Duty 16cm Saucepan

Living Nostalgia Antique Cream Mechanical Scales

Colourworks Silicone Whisk

Sweetly Does It Icing Starter Set