Key Lime Meringue Pie

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This pie was another key lime recipe I made for Mr. Meat Eater.  I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted it and had to have my own piece.  It was delicious and I’ll be making this pie again in the near future.

Now, the recipe for the filling called for 5 egg yolks and the meringue called for 4 egg whites.  I used 5 egg whites for the meringue ~ no sense in wasting that last egg white.  I also used Nellie and Joe’s key lime juice instead of fresh lime juice.  I also made my own graham cracker crust instead of using a bought one.  I just followed the directions on the box.  I always find the meringue on pies gets really sticky after the first day so it would be easier to cut the pie into slices before refrigerating for the night.

I’m sure I got this recipe from Pinterest and it is attributed to the Deen Brothers.

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Meringue Pie

Filling:
5 large egg yolks
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tsps grated lime zest
1/2 cup key lime juice ~ I use Nellie and Joe’s
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 prepared graham cracker crumb crust

Meringue:
5 egg whites
6 tbsps sugar
1/2 tsp cornstarch
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 325º.

In a medium bowl, mix together the yolks and condensed milk. Stir in the lime zest, lime juice, and cream. Pour into crust and bake for 20 minutes or until firm.

Increase oven temperature to 350º.

Meanwhile, using a mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add the sugar mixture, a spoonful at a time, to the egg whites, beating between additions. Beat until sugar dissolves.

Spoon meringue over the hot pie filling. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the meringue is golden.

Serve pie warm or at room temperature.

Makes 8 servings.

Happy Cooking!

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Lemon Meringue Pie

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T.S. Hanna Update: I am heading out in a bit to take some pictures of the storm ~ I’ll post them later if any are good. If I can get my DH to drive me around, I’ll be even happier but I don’t think it’s going to happen. So far, so good ~ just some rain and wind so no biggie.

Lemon meringue pie is one of my very favorite pies. I know several people that won’t even attempt to make it because they think it’s too hard. It’s not. Remember, I rarely make anything that’s difficult, LOL!. I like this recipe because it doesn’t seem as sweet to me as some.

Lemon Meringue Pie

1/2 (15 ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts or make your own single pie crust

Lemon Meringue Pie Filling:

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 large egg yolks (save whites for meringue)
2 cups milk
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Meringue:

6 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons sugar

Bake single pie crust as directed on package.

To make lemon filling: Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a heavy non-aluminum saucepan.
Whisk together egg yolks, milk and lemon juice in a bowl; whisk into sugar mixture in pan over medium heat. Bring to boil, and boil, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Remove pan from heat and stir in butter, lemon rind, and vanilla until smooth. Pour into pie crust. Cover with plastic wrap placed directly on filling.

Proceed directly to making meringue as it must be spread on hot pie filling.

To make meringue: Beat egg whites and vanilla at high speed with a mixer until they are foamy. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time and beat 2 to 4 minutes or until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Remove plastic wrap from pie and spread meringue evenly over warm filling, making sure to seal the edges with meringue.

Bake at 325º for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool pie completely on a wire rack.

Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Happy Cooking!