Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie

I grew up eating the best lemon meringue pie ever!  My mom always made lemon meringue pies in the summer.  They were the perfect treat on a hot day here in the south.  Unfortunately, Mom’s recipe was in her head; it was never written down. So when I decided I just had to have some lemon meringue pie, I had to go searching for a recipe that tasted  at least close to hers!  This one is pretty good.  It does take a bit of time to make, but the results are definitely worth it!  When I make it again, I will probably use my deep-dish pie pan since I did have some filling and meringue left over.  I found it helpful to separate the eggs,  grate the lemon rind and squeeze the fresh lemon juice before I actually began to make the pie.

2 c. sugar

1/2 c. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. salt

2 c. cold water

8 egg yolks

1 tbsp. lemon zest

1 tbsp. lemon juice

6 tbsp. butter

2 tsp. vanilla

1 prebaked 9-inch pie shell

meringue (recipe follows)

In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually whisk in 2 c. water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; boil for 1 minute, whisking constantly.  Remove from heat.

In a medium bowl, lightly beat egg yolks.  Slowly add 1 cup hot sugar mixture to eggs yolks, stirring constantly. Add egg mixture to remaining hot sugar mixture in saucepan, stirring constantly. Stir in lemon juice and zest, butter and vanilla. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until mixture is thick and smooth. Spoon mixture into prebaked pie crust; cover and chill for about 4 hours.

Make meringue by whisking together 1-1/2 cups sugar and 6 egg whites in the top of a double boiler. Cook over simmering water, whisking constantly,  about 4 minutes or  until candy thermometer reaches 140 degrees and sugar dissolves.  Pour mixture into a large bowl and beat on high for 10 minutes. Mixture will become stiff and creamy white.  Spread meringue over chilled lemon pie.  Serve immediately, or chill for several hours.   If desired, broil pie for 1-2 minutes to gently brown meringue.

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The Mrs. G's

A mother-daughter project (our married names both begin with G) to rejuvenate our love of cooking and make meals creative and exciting! And now that I (mom) have discovered the Trim Healthy Mama way of cooking, I am trying to incorporate more healthful recipes!

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