Lemon meringue pie, the recipe step by step


This is the fantasy of every pastry lover : a crunchy crust, a sour lemon curd, all topped with the fluffiest meringue ever! Become a real pastry chef making this one of a kind pie!

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Recipe type:
Dessert
Number of serving:
12 servings
Preparation:
2 hours
Cook time:
20 min
Ready in:
2 h, 20 m
Difficulty:
Easy

Ingredients

The pie crust :
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 2/3 cup icing sugar
- 1 oz powdered almonds
- 2 tsp vanilla sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 1.5 cups flour

Lemon curd :
- 3 organic lemons
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 5 eggs
- 1 Tbsp corn starch
- 1/2 cup butter

Italian meringue :
- 3 egg whites
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup water

Materials

11 inches pie pan
Cooking thermometer
Piping bag (optional)
Torch (optional)

Preparation

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Step 1

The pie crust :
In a bowl, put the softened butter, the icing sugar, the vanilla sugar, the salt and the powdered almonds, and combine to get a creamy and smooth mix. Then, add the egg and mix well. The mix should be lumpy. Add the flour, and mix using your hands to form a ball. Caution, don't knead more than necessary, you just have to get a smooth dough.
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Step 2

Wrap the dough in some plastic foil and flatten it a little. Put in the fridge for 1 hour (if you put it as a ball, it will take longer to chill).
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Step 3

Roll the dough out and line the pie pan with it. Sting it with a fork, then put in the fridge for 30 minutes. Then, bake 20 minutes at 350°F (180°C).
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Step 4

The lemon curd :
Combine the eggs with the sugar and the corn starch. Add 2 lemons juice and the peel of one of them. Mix well, then thicken it on medium heat, constantly stiring with a whisker.
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Step 5

Once the curd has gotten thick enough, take it out of the heat, and all the butter. Mix until it has all melted, and add the last lemon juice.
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Step 6

Pour this custard in the baked crust, smooth the top, and put in the fridge for 1 hour.
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Step 7

The Italian meringue :
Put the sugar and the water in a pot, and bring to a boil. Put your thermometer in it and wait until the syrup reaches 240°F (115°C).
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Step 8

While the syrup reaches its temperature, start whisking the egg whites : they have to be foamy. Once the syrup reaches 240°F, pour it in a thin stream on the egg whites while whisking.
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Step 9

Then, whisk at high speed, until the bowl gets cold again (it can take around 10 minutes).
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Step 10

Fill a piping bag with the meringue, and put it on the lemon pie. You can spread it if you don't have a piping bag.
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Step 11

Finally, grill the meringue using a torch. If you don't have one, put it under the grill of your oven for 5 minutes.
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Step 12

There you are, your lemon meringue pie is ready!

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