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Lemon Meringue Pie with Homemade Pie Crust

Lemon Meringue Pie with Homemade Pie Crust

This is a homemade lemon pie made with sour lemon custard and Italian Meringue It's so good.

Ingredients: 23cm pie plate

Homemade Pie Crust
Recipe ID: 472486
To Make Lemon Custard
Domestic Lemon Zest
1 lemon
Domestic Lemon Juice (squeezed)
1 lemon
Egg yolk
3
Caster Sugar
60 g
Milk
300 ml
Corn starch
25 g
Cake flour
5 g
Butter
10 g
To Make the Italian Meringue
Egg whites
3
Granulated sugar
100 g
Water
30 ml
Squeezed Lemon Juice
a small amount
Powdered sugar
as needed

Steps

1. Prep: Grate the outer yellow skin of the lemon. Squeeze out the lemon juice, use about 10ml for the Italian meringue. Make the pie crust. Recipe ID: 472486
2. Make the Lemon Custard: We will make the custard cream in the microwave and add the lemon last. In a heat-resistant bowl, add the egg yolk, caster sugar, cornstarch, cake flour, and 3 Tbsp of the listed milk. Mix together with a whisk.
3. Slowly add the remaining milk and heat in the microwave. After 3 minutes, some of it will be thicker and it will begin to expand, take it out and stir it with a whisk. Microwave again until the thickness increases. When it gets to the point where you're not sure if it's thick enough, stop microwaving. It will thicken as it hardens so be careful. Melt the butter in it while it's hot.
4. Cover tightly with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out, and let it cool. Once cooled, mix in the lemon zest and lemon juice, setting aside 10ml. If you want a smooth and melt-in-your-mouth type custard, strain it now. I like the springy, puffy texture so I leave it as is.
5. Spread the lemon custard into the pie crust.
6. Make the Italian Meringue: In the pictures, the top photo is the Italian meringue and the bottom photo is the normal meringue.The Italian meringue has a gloss and is quite sweet, so you could even eat the meringue as is.
7. In a small saucepan, heat the granulated sugar and the water. Bring it to a boil and let it boil down until it reaches about 120°C. Don't stir or mix it during this time, or the sugar won't dissolve. If you turn the heat up too high, it won't caramelize. Be careful.
8. Add in a pinch of salt (not listed in ingredients) to the egg whites and whip with a hand mixer. Once it becomes thick and creamy, add in the syrup from Step 7 a little bit at a time while continuing to whip. Once peaks form and it has completely whipped up, the shiny meringue has been completed. Lastly, add in the remaining lemon juice, and it's done.
9. Thickly layer the meringue onto the custard cream from Step 5 and form it into a loose mound. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
10. Form little peaks by using the back of a spoon and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
11. Bake for 5 minutes in the 220°C oven. Lower to 160°C to melt the sugar. The powdered sugar and the top of the meringue will become a very lovely color. Warm a up knife in the oven to with a crisp cut.

Story Behind this Recipe

We had a lot of Giant Lemons.