Ultimate lemon meringue pie

Ultimate lemon meringue pie

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(184 ratings)

Prep: 1 hr, 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 45 mins Or 40-50 mins if baking the pastry a day ahead

Easy

Serves 6 - 8

You can't go wrong with one of Angela Nilsen's ultimates and this is no exception

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal480
  • fat24g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars41g
  • fibre1g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.53g
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Ingredients

    For the pastry

    • 175g plain flour
    • 100g cold butter, cut in small pieces
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    • 1 tbsp icing sugar
    • 1 egg yolk

    For the filling

    • 2 level tbsp cornflour
    • 100g golden caster sugar
    • finely grated zest 2 large lemon
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    • 125ml fresh lemon juice (from 2-3 lemons)
    • juice 1 small orange
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    • 85g butter, cut into pieces
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    • 3 egg yolk and a 1 whole egg

    For the meringue

    • 4 egg white, room temperature
    • 200g golden caster sugar
    • 2 level tsp cornflour

    Method

    1. For the pastry, put the flour, butter, icing sugar, egg yolk (save the white for the meringue) and 1 tbsp cold water into a food processor. Using the pulse button so the mix is not overworked, process until the mix starts to bind. Tip the pastry onto a lightly floured surface, gather together until smooth, then roll out and line a 23 x 2.5cm loose-bottom fluted flan tin. Trim and neaten the edges. Press pastry into flutes. The pastry is quite rich, so don’t worry if it cracks, just press it back together. Prick the base with a fork, line with foil, shiny side down, and chill for 1⁄2-1 hour (or overnight).

    2. Put a baking sheet in the oven and heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Bake the pastry case ‘blind’ (filled with dry beans) for 15 mins, then remove the foil and bake a further 5-8 mins until the pastry is pale golden and cooked. Set aside. (Can be done a day ahead if you want to get ahead.) Lower the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.

    3. While the pastry bakes, prepare the filling: mix the cornflour, sugar and lemon zest in a medium saucepan. Strain and stir in the lemon juice gradually. Make orange juice up to 200ml/7fl oz with water and strain into the pan. Cook over a medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and smooth. Once the mixture bubbles, remove from the heat and beat in the butter until melted. Beat the egg yolks (save white for meringue) and whole egg together, stir into the pan and return to a medium heat. Keep stirring vigorously for a few minutes, until the mixture thickens and plops from the spoon. (It will bubble, but doesn’t curdle.) Take off the heat and set aside while you make the meringue.

    4. Put the egg whites in a large bowl. Whisk to soft peaks, then add half the sugar a spoonful at a time, whisking between each addition without overbeating. Whisk in the cornflour, then add the rest of the sugar as before until smooth and thick. Quickly reheat the filling and pour it into the pastry case. Immediately put spoonfuls of meringue around the edge of the filling (if you start in the middle the meringue may sink), then spread so it just touches the pastry (this will anchor it and help stop it sliding). Pile the rest into the centre, spreading so it touches the surface of the hot filling (and starts to cook), then give it all a swirl. Return to the oven for 18-20 mins until the meringue is crisp and slightly coloured. Let the pie sit in the tin for 30 mins, then remove and leave for at least another 1⁄2-1 hr before slicing. Eat the same day.

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    elizabethdavies
    30th Jun, 2012
    I was a little nervous about this recipe as it seemed a bit complicated when I first read it. However, it turned out to be so easy and enjoyable to make! It was an absolute triumph and the meringue looked amazing! This will definately be a dinner party regular.
    sabrina74
    27th May, 2012
    5.05
    fab u lous... dont make if ur on a diet!!! will make again ..earlier in the day as it needs to be cold to remove successfully from the tin
    buell8abe
    22nd May, 2012
    5.05
    This must be one of The Best puds ever! I usually use condensed milk in the filling so this one is a bit different for me (although I'm sure is more traditional). A joy to make. Tip: make two at once coz it won't last long :) Absolute heaven on a plate - if in doubt do give this recipe a go, it is designed beautifully and works a treat. Yuuum!
    chrissie2689
    19th May, 2012
    5.05
    Excellent recipe, my meringue was perfect for once!
    cassiquack
    1st May, 2012
    1.05
    I often make lemon meringue pie and thought it was worth trying a new recipe for a change, especially since this is so highly rated. This was a definite error. The filling would not thicken despite more than doubling the amount of cornflour and giving it over a half hour. At this point half the liquid was gone but the consistency was still nowhere near what it should have been. The whole lot went down the drain. The pastry is now in the fridge, waiting to be filled tomorrow with my old, reliable recipe...
    veeema
    18th Mar, 2012
    I made this today and it turned out really well...my mum often used to make LMP, so I was worried it wouldn't live up to her standards, only to find out she used to use a shop bought mix for the lemon filling! Anyway, despite my daughter running in with a grazed arm just as I was adding the eggs (so I did get a bit of scrambled looking egg in there), it tasted great...wouldn't think it will do my Weight Watchers quest much good though!
    cambridge_gal
    18th Mar, 2012
    4.05
    I made this for my mum on mothers day as it's her fave. The only downside is I can't stand lemon meringue so wasnt able to taste the filling and check I had enough lemon....had I done that I would've added slightly more than the recipe stated as everyone who tried it commented it could be a bit sharper on the lemons. Other than that I was surprised how easy it was and everyone who tried it seemed to enjoy it.
    edel_ir
    11th Mar, 2012
    5.05
    I have made this over and over again, dinner parties, treats for family, friends and neighbours, it's just delicious!!!
    sookphan
    1st Mar, 2012
    5.05
    An ultimate pie it is!
    js74al
    27th Feb, 2012
    3.05
    My other half requested LMP, so I hoped Good Food would be as foolproof as usual. I did think maybe I should cool the lemon mixture a little before adding the eggs, but because the recipe said it wouldn't curdle I didn't. Had to sieve the bits of scrambled egg out! Then after making the meringue, the butter had separated out in the lemon mix, so reheating it took ages to get it all together again and the meringue collapsed a bit. It did taste good, although I prefer a higher lemon to meringue ratio, but was such a faff and has left me with so much washing up I won't be using this recipe again...

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