I went on a mad baking spree this morning and baked whole wheat chocolate chip cookies, Dutch chocolate brownies (which were “eh”) and a basic lemon meringue pie. Out of the three, the chocolate chip cookie recipe was my favorite. I’ll post that that in a bit.
For now, I want to talk about lemon meringue pie. I’m not sure where the idea came from, but I started thinking about it yesterday and it seemed like a good Friday kind of dessert. Plus, it was cheap to make and I’m trying to save money for other things. So I made the crust last night (basic shortening base, nothing fancy) and the filling this morning.
If I’d spent too much time looking for a recipe, my head would have exploded. There are so many ways to make lemon meringue pie. But as it happened, I had a limited number of eggs and only 3 lemons, so I used a recipe from my James Villas book. The pie is great, but there are issues. The main being, liquid leaked into the open space after I cut it.
But there are also things I really like about Villas’s recipe. One is that it isn’t super sweet. A lot of the lemon meringue pies I’ve looked at have 1 ½ cups sugar in the base, various amounts of thickener, 1 ½ cups water and between 1/3 and ½ cup lemon juice. Villas’s pie has only had 1 cup of sugar and 3 egg yolks. Some recipes have up to 6. The downside is it only has 3 whites and that just wasn’t enough meringue. I ended up making more.
My pie was a hack, but it still tasted good. Next time, I’ll go with this lemon meringue pie recipe which is very similar to Villas’s but has a cornstarch/flour combo (might prevent leakage), has only 1 cup sugar, an extra egg for a more stable custard and more white for the meringue and an awesome rating from 627 people. The only drawback to the allrecipes recipe is it calls for 2 lemons and their zest which is a little iffy. Villas’s recipe used exactly 1/3 cup juice and 2 teaspoons zest, so if you need more accuracy, go with that, though you might need an extra lemon.
So are you ready to make a lemon meringue pie now? Before you get started, here’s a video . I’m not sure what’s up with the red on the whisk or the train going by in the background, but it’s a nice slow paced video that’s actually helpful rather than just showy.
And in case you got lost in all my rambling, here’s the recipe again.
Do you have a favorite lemon meringue pie recipe? If so, let me know!