Never Fails Fresh Lemon Meringue Pie

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(Recipe ID: 481)

Serves 6

Preparation time: 20 minutes; Cook time: 40 minutes

Source: Vito De Carolis

Don Vito says "never fails" - trust him!

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup Sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fine sea salt *
  • 1/4 cup Cold water
  • 1 1/4 cups Hot water
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted butter
  • 3 Egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh lemon rind, grated
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla powder
  • 1 9 inch pastry shell, baked
  • 4 Egg whites
  • 6 tablespoons White sugar

Instructions

For Pie:

  • 1 cup Sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup Cold water
  • 1 1/4 cups Hot water
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted butter
  • 3 Egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh lemon rind, grated
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • One 9 inch pastry shell, baked
  1. Combine ½ cup of the sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cold water in the top of a double boiler.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Stir in hot water.
  4. Cook over boiling water for 5 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly.
  5. Cover and continue cooking over boiling water 8 minutes or until very thick, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add butter.
  7. In large bowl mix together egg yolks and remaining ½ cup sugar.
  8. Slowly add a little of the hot mixture.
  9. Then stir into the remaining hot mixture in double boiler.
  10. Cook uncovered over simmering water ( not boiling) 10 minutes or until very thick, stirring frequently.
  11. Gradually stir in lemon juice and rind.
  12. Remove from water.
  13. Cool. 
  14. Add vanilla and turn into a baked pastry shell.
  15. Top with meringue. Bake in 300 degree oven for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before serving.

For Meringue :

  • 4 Egg whites
  • 6 tablespoons White sugar
  1. In a large glass or metal bowl; whip egg whites until foamy.
  2. Add sugar gradually, and continue to whip until stiff peaks form.