(perfect) Lemon Meringue Pie




Introduction: (perfect) Lemon Meringue Pie

this is my first ever instructable so i hope it works well.
FYI, the only kind of odd thing i used in making this pie was a food processor, its not essential but it saves a great deal of time

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Step 1: Get All Your Stuff

quite a bit of flour
a good bit of sugar
a little of the sticky brown sugar
a block of butter
8 eggs
4 lemons

2 bowls
a cup
tart/pie mould

(optional but VERY useful)
food processor
cling film / plastic wrap
lemon juicer

Step 2: Shortbread Base

1part sugar
2parts Butter
3parts Flour

that means if youre measuring with cups its a cup of sugar, 2cups butter, 3cups flour.
i use 100g/3.5oz of suggar and i have a little leftover to put in the freezer for shortbread biscuits

step 1:
put dry ingredients in the processor and blitz.

step 2:
little by little add the butter until you get the right consistency, wet enough to stay together but dry enough to crumble in your fingers.

step 3:
pour the crumbs into the mould and press into place

step4 (optional)
put the remaining shortbread into plastic wrap, flatten out and put in the freezer. this can be used in at a future time to make shortbread biscuits, just remove from the freezer, cut (while still frozen and put into a preheated over at 180C / 350F / Gas 4 for about 10 mins

Step 3: Extracting Lemon Juice

step 1:
one at a time take a lemon and cut it

step 2: (optional)
arrange the lemons in a smiley face and txt the pic to a friend to brighten their day "when life gives you lemons, make a smiley face!)

step 3
use the juicer / a fork  / the head of a wooden spoon to get the juice from all the lemons

Step 4: Seperating the Eggs

this bit needs a little focus and forethought.
 you need:
the 2 bowls
the cup
the 8 eggs

break an egg over the cup, let the white fall into the cup. if you managed to seperate well, pour the whitefrom the cup into the bowl to make the meringue and the yolk in the other bowl.

If the yolk breaks throw the lot into the bowl for making the lemon curd. once you have 4 whites with no trace of yolk in one bowl break the rest of the eggs in the bowl for the curd.

if you have any brolken yolk in the whites it will be very difficult to whisk the whites

Step 5: Making the Lemon Curd

this is the part thats going to take quite a bit of time and concentration, so put on some good music and get yourself in the zone!!
you'll need:**
the bowl of eggs (with yolks) from part four
the juice from part 3
moar sugar 300g
moar butter 200g

whisk the eggs briefly then add in the butter (cut into chunks) and lemon juice

step 2:
pour the mixture into the saucepan and put on a very low heat, stir constantly*
the curd is ready when it sticks to the spoon as shown. if it gets a little lumpy dont worry, its not the end of the world, itll come out of the oven fine.
this might be a good time to start preheating your oven to 180C / 350F / Gas 4

step 3:
pour the slick curd into the mould onto the shortbread. you know its really ready if a toothpick can stand in the curd. the bread roll has nothing to do with anything

*note: when stirring a sauce, stir in figure of 8 to keep the whole liquid moving, not just the outside, which can lead to burning of the middle of the pan, you dont want that, nobody does.

**note: some people use lemon zest too, i dont, because i dont really like it, but if you are going to use lemon zest, be sure to use unwaxed lemons.

Step 6: (almost There) Making the Meringue

you need
4egg whites
MORE sugar 300g and a little of the sticky brown sugar for good measure
the mould with shortbread coverd in lemon curd (from part 5)

step 1
Whisk the egg whites until stiff

Add half the sugar (150g) and whisk again

step 3
Fold in the remaining sugar (and the sticky brown sugar) with a metal spoon

step 4:
Gently spread the egg whites across the lemon curd using the metal spoon

step 5
Insert the mould into the oven for about 10 minutes, until the meringue is golden, crispy on the outside soft and fluffy on the inside. and the uncooked shortbread base will have melded seamlessly into the curd.

Step 7: Cool and Enjoy

DONT try to cut the meringue when its hot, let it cool and even spending a little while in the fridge wouldnt do too much harm.
i was going to take pictures of the pie once cool but i forgot, and ate it all with friends in the space of one afternoon.

i openly welcome any comments, remarks and constructive criticisms.

MAJOR thanks to Nigella Lawson for her book 'how to eat' for the basis of the curd and meringue recipies
and thanks to Deb from Smitten kitchen, just for being awesome

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    7 years ago on Step 7

    I can't wait to try your recipe! I love lemon pie! I like to add chopped pecans to my lemon pie crust to add a little dimension, smooth, creamy & nutty/crunchy

    I don't think I've had lemon meringue pie and you sure make it look delicious! Maybe I'll be able to find time to make it this season :D


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    cheers, let me know how it turns out