Lemon Meringue Pie

 

Grandma's lemon meringue pie was my favorite as a kid, and now I have finally added this delicious creation to my cooking repertoire. (This is the second time I'm making this within a month.) I'm not really a religious person, but lemon meringue pie is a very Easter-appropriate dessert. Easter marks the beginning of spring, which is definitely welcomed!

Lemon meringue pie takes a bit time and some effort, but it's well worth all the trouble. While you're making lemon curd anyway, make some extra - it's irresistible.

Lemon Meringue Pie

The crust:

    •    3,5dl wheat flour
    •    1dl powdered sugar
    •    150g margarine (solid)
    •    a pinch of salt
    •    2tbsp potato flour mixed with 2tbsp water

The meringue:

    •    1dl aquafaba (the brine from canned chickpeas)
    •    2dl sugar
    •    1tbsp lemon juice

fillings & extra:

        •    1 portion of lemon curd (click for recipe)
    •    canned mango or peach
    •    margarine to smear on the pie tin
    •    a ⌀24-28cm pie tin
    •    (lemon zest for garnish)

Begin with the crust. Mix the flour, sugar and salt. Combine with the margarine by hand, forming a crumble. Mix the potato flour with water, and add to the dough. Mix again, mold into a ball and put in the refrigerator for ~30 minutes to rest. Meanwhile, prepare the lemon curd.

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Spread some margarine on your pie tin, then spread the dough pressing by hand. Then give it a little stab with a fork before pre-baking it in the oven for 10 minutes.

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... I need to get a proper pie tin.

While your crust is baking, make the meringue. Use a mixer to whip the aquafaba into a foam. While mixing, add half of the sugar, then the lemon juice, and the rest of the sugar. Keep mixing until you have a shiny, thick (almost solid) foam.

Take the crust out of the oven and let cool down a little. Lower the heat to 175°C. Slice the mangos or peaches.

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Cover the crust with a layer of lemon curd, mango or peach slices, another layer of lemon curd and lastly the meringue foam. Bake in 175°C for about 20 minutes so that the meringue gets a baked, crispy cover. I left mine in the oven for another 5 minutes after turning it off, just in case.

 

Let the pie cool down, garnish with some lemon zest and enjoy!

 

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