Are you craving something sweet but you’re not that into chocolate right now? Are you more up to something smashing and bright and incredibly fancy looking? Then you’re in need of this posh but very easy Tarte au Citron Meringuée aka a Lemon Meringue Pie: a crumbly and buttery dough filled with a creamy, lemony and tangy custard topped with a deliciously chewy and crunchy meringue.
1. For the crust
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1 egg
2. For the custard
- 3 lemons (2 zested, 3 juiced)
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 tbsp cornstarch diluted in water
- 3 eggs
- 4 tbsp of butter
3. For the meringue
- 4 egg whites
- lemon juice
- 1 cup of sugar
You will need
- 1-2 bowls, 1 pie dish, 1 saucepan,
- 1 whisk, 1 tablespoon, 1 wooden spoon
In a bowl combine two cups of flour, one big pinch of sugar, a tiny pinch of salt. Add half a cup of softened butter and mix quickly with your fingertips until you get breadcrumbs consistency. Add your beaten egg until the dough comes together. You might need to add a few dashes of cold milk to help the process. Grease a pie dish and spread evenly the dough. Blind bake in the oven at 180°C or 360°F for about 20 minutes.
In a saucepan combine the zest of two lemons and the juice of three. Add one cup of caster sugar and a tablespoon of cornstarch diluted in a bit of water. Whisk on a gentle heat then, always whisking, add three beaten eggs. When it thickens remove from the heat and quickly add four tablespoons of cold butter. Mix until the custard is glossy and smooth. Remove the crust from the oven, spread evenly the lemon cream on top of it and place in the fridge to chill.
In a perfectly clean bowl start to blend together four egg withes with a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of salt then gradually increase the speed of your whisking adding slowly a cup of sugar. Process until you get stiff peaks. Spread this raw meringue on top of your crust and lemon cream and bake for at least 30 minutes at 140°C or 280°F. Serve when cooler.
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ThisIsMyFullName: “My favourite pie! But I use cream for the filling, instead of butter and corn starch. It gives the cream a smoother texture, and saves you from having to heat up it in a pan first (just blend it and pour it straight in). It’s so hard not to take a third piece, or a fourth, or a fifth, or a…what happened to the pie?! Btw, it’s funny that you say “this is not puff pastry”, because that’s exactly the reason why you put weight on the crust; so air doesn’t get in between the dough, and turn it into puff pastry 😛 You can press it down again, but the dough still won’t have the same bite.”
Alice Minchin: “ooh yum! summer in Australia is the perfect time for lemon meringue pie, I love that you called it a kitchen robot! haha great power tool use”
Sebsoni: “That recipes seems to be far beyond amazing! What a stroke of genius, so going to try it! By the way: The gravy tasted great! :b”
Thank you Alex for such amazing recipe and the way you explain! Just baked it following your instructions and it’s done great. I’m frankly not fond of lemon deserts and cooked for my husband, but I have to confess it’s very delicious! Really easy and tasty 🙂 Next time thinking of doing same in small tarts.
I will try it.
Looking good. Hope I can make it.