Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Lemon Meringue Pie with Toasted Brown Sugar Meringue

Lemon Meringue Pie with Toasted Brown Sugar Meringue
Happy Lemon Meringue Pie Day!! Oh, you didn't know that was today? Wow, what kinda foodie are you? I mean really. Ha, actually I didn't know it was either until it popped up on computer screen this morning. And whadya know... I actually made Lemon Meringue Pie last week and I just had the recipe layin' around for a rainy day. Well, it's not rainy, but it's a national holiday. I have always loved Lemon Meringue Pie. There is just something about it that makes me so happy. I love the uber tart filling that is smothered & covered by a glossy yet toasted meringue. And for me, you can't go light on the meringue. I need a big ole' pile of it. Especially when it is perfectly browned and fluffy... just like a marshmallow. I know that I typically go all out on my recipes, and it must be frustrating for some of you. Yet this recipe is quite classic in comparison to some of my more complicated meals. Obviously you can make it a lot easier on yourself by buying pie crust, but I made my favorite homemade pastry for this pie. It's just better that way. There's something so happy about pie, ya know? You just cut a slice, sit at the table, and eat. Somehow, for just a moment, you think about nothin' else... but that pie. Maybe that's just me. Probably. Anyway, I hope that y'all all get a slice of Lemon Meringue Pie before the day is done because at least we all have an excuse to get fat right? You bet!! Enjoy :)
A Perfect Pile of Toasted Brown Sugar Meringue
I mean, look at those peaks :)
Nothin' but a slice of pie...
For the Lemon Meringue Pie:
1 ½C Cold Water
1C Sugar
¼C Cornstarch
Pinch of Salt
6 Egg Yolks, Beaten
2T Lemon Zest
½C Fresh Lemon Juice
2T Unsalted Butter
Homemade Pie Crust, Pre-Baked
For the Toasted Brown Sugar Meringue:
1 ½C Light Brown Sugar, Firmly Packed
½C Water
¾C Egg Whites, Room Temperature
¼t Cream of Tartar
1. Preheat the oven and spray a pie dish with Pam and bake your crust (whether it be homemade or store-bought). Once baked, set aside until ready to fill.
2. For the Lemon Pie Filling: Bring the water, sugar, cornstarch, and salt to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat (keep it at medium the entire time while you are cooking) while whisking constantly. Once it thickens a lot and starts to turn translucent, whisk in the egg yolks, two at a time, then the lemon zest, lemon juice, and lastly the butter. Go slowly and whisk constantly. Allow the mixture to come up to a full simmer (it should be getting very thick!), and then remove from the heat and pour into the prebaked piecrust (make sure the filling is still hot when you top it with the meringue).
3. For the Toasted Brown Sugar Meringue: Put the brown sugar in a small, deep, heavy-based saucepan and cover with the water. Put the egg whites and cream of tartar in a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment. Attach a candy thermometer to the sugar saucepan and bring the sugar to a boil over high heat. When the sugar syrup reaches 246°F, start whipping the egg whites on high speed until very foamy and just starting to gain some volume, about 30 seconds. Keep whipping the egg whites, remove the thermometer from the pan, and very carefully and slowly pour about one-third of the sugar syrup into the mixing egg whites (it plops out in drops), avoiding the whip. Add the remaining sugar syrup in a faster, steady stream. Continue whipping the whites until they become voluminous and form firm but not stiff peaks, about 3 minutes; the meringue should still be warm. Scrape the meringue from the bowl onto the hot lemon filling and, using a rubber spatula, create a smooth dome (avoid pressing on the meringue). With the back of a spoon, make decorative peaks in the meringue, working quickly before the meringue cools completely. If you have a kitchen torch, use it to brown the meringue. If not, set a broiler or oven rack to a lower rung and heat the broiler. Set the pie on a baking sheet and put it under the broiler, turning it several times to brown the meringue as evenly as possible.
4. Store the meringue-topped pie in the refrigerator. The meringue is best when served within a few hours; after about 12 hours, it will start to weep and break down.


  1. I wish I would have known this too! I will still have to celebrate it, just a few days late. My favorite national foodie holiday is November 3rd, national sandwich day, I always host a throw down challenge. I will use this recipe because this meringue sounds awesome! Thank you for the recipe, lots of love, Miss B.

    1. I know, I love that every day in America is a foodie holiday. I did NOT know about national sandwich day, and now I'm counting down the days. Sandwiches are our absolute favorite :) I'm jealous of your friends, I want to host throw-down challenges. Man, y'all sound fun, SHOOT. Mail me a sandwich!