Lemon Meringue Pie

Pucker up!  No, I don’t mean a kiss, but a mouth-watering bite of this scrumptious lemon meringue pie.  I know, maybe the meringue part seems a bit overwhelming, but all you need is an extra set of hands for stirring (thanks hubby).  No sweat!!  The key ingredient is to use fresh lemons (I highly recommend purchasing a lemon juicer, those darn seeds).  This is a nice dessert to kick of the Spring season.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked

Meringue:

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 6 tablespoons sugar

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir for 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir 1 cup of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to pan stirring constantly.
  • Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir in butter. Gently stir in lemon juice, vinegar and extract. Pour hot filling into pastry shell.
  • For meringue, combine water and cornstarch in a saucepan until smooth. Cook and stir until thickened and clear, about 2 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the egg whites, vanilla and salt on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Gradually add cornstarch mixture, beating well on high. Immediately spread evenly over hot filling, sealing edges to crust
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until meringue is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Recipe from Taste of Home-Grandma’s Lemon Pie.

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