Lemon Meringue Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie
Preparation time:
1hour
Cooking time:
40 minutes
Serves:
8

Ingredients

PASTRY

  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 tbs icing sugar
  • 125g cold butter, chopped
  • 2-3 tbs cold water

FILLING

  • 395g can condensed milk
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 125ml lemon juice
  • 3 egg yolks

CHAMPAGNE BERRIES

  • 100ml Champagne or sparkling white wine
  • 2 tbs icing sugar
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 500g strawberries, quartered

MERINGUE

  • 3 egg whites
  • 150g caster sugar
  1. Method
  2. Notes

  1. To make pastry, sift combined flour and icing sugar into a processor. Add butter. Process to form fine crumbs. Add enough water and process just until a dough comes together.
  2. Shape pastry into a large disc and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 180C.
  4. Roll out pastry between two sheets of baking paper and use to line base and side of a 23cm round fluted tart tin with removable base. Line with baking paper and fill with baking beads.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes. Remove paper and beads and bake for about a further 10 minutes or until golden and crisp. Cool completely.
  6. To make filling, whisk all ingredients together. Pour into cold tart shell.
  7. To prepare Champagne berries, stir Champagne, juice and sugar together in large bowl. Add strawberries. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to macerate.
  8. To make meringue, beat egg whites with an electric mixer to form soft peaks. Gradually add sugar, beating until mixture is thick and glossy and sugar has dissolved.
  9. Spoon or pipe meringue into pie over filling.
  10. 10. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until meringue is golden and crisp. Cool at room temperature. Remove from tin and cut into slices.
  11. 11. Serve tart with berries.

Make sure your blind baked pastry is golden and crisp and properly cooled before adding the filling. If it is still warm, the pastry will go soggy.

For a change, try substituting lemon for lime juice and zest.

This recipe has been tested.

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