Step by step…
To start, I made the pastry by rubbing butter into plain flour.
I added eggs and brought the mixture together into a dough, and I wrapped it in cling film and chilled it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
I took it out of the fridge and rolled it out onto some cling film. This stops it from sticking to the work surface and makes it easy to pick up.
I lined my tin, trimmed the edges and pricked the bottom all over with a fork.
Then I covered the pastry with foil, you can also use baking paper, and filled it with baking beans.
I baked the pastry on 200C (180C Fan)/400F/Gas Mark 6 for 20 minutes.
When it was done, I removed the baking beans and foil, turned the oven down to 180C (160C Fan)/350F/Gas Mark 4 and baked the pastry again for another 15 minutes.
To make the lemon filling I started by whisking up whole eggs and egg yolks (reserving the whites for the meringue).
In a pan I melted butter, caster sugar and lemon juice.
Once the butter and sugar were melted I poured the mixture slowly into the eggs, whisking as I poured.
I poured the mixture back into the pan and heated it on a medium heat for 5 minutes until it thickened up.
I poured the lemon mixture into the pastry case.
It baked on 180C (160C Fan)/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 5 minutes. I left it to cool completely.
To make the italian meringue topping I started with the sugar syrup. I put caster sugar and water in a pan and let it come to the boil with the lid on. If I noticed any sugar around the edges of the pan I brushed them away with a wet pastry brush.
In a stand mixer I whisked up the egg whites reserved earlier with cream of tartar until they reached soft peak stage. Then I poured the sugar syrup into a jug, and keeping the mixer on, I poured the sugar syrup into the meringue. I was careful not to let the sugar syrup hit the side of the bowl.
I kept the food mixer running until the bowl felt cool, it had a wonderful fluffy texture and was white and shiny.
Then I dolloped the meringue on top of the pie using a spoon and flicked it around to give it texture.
I then got out my kitchen blowtorch and browned the meringue all over.
The lemon filling and the meringue were both melt in the mouth delicious, they perfectly matched each other with the meringue’s sweetness and the zingy tartness of the lemon. The pastry was crisp and buttery, the ideal vehicle for transporting that delicious filling into your mouth.
I had some great comments about the Lemon Meringue Pie from my colleagues, including ‘amazing’ and ‘awesome’. I was very pleased it went down so well, Lemon Meringue Pie is a classic bake for a reason!
Lemon Meringue Pie
The classic pie with a tangy lemon filling and piles of fluffy meringue
- 170 g Butter
- 350 g Plain flour
- 2 Eggs large
- 250 ml Lemon juice
- 200 g Caster sugar
- 4 Eggs large
- 4 Egg yolks
- 175 g Butter
- 225 g Caster sugar
- 125 ml Water
- 1/2 tsp Cream of tartar
- 4 Egg whites
To make the pastry rub the butter into the plain flour until it resembles bread crumbs
Add the eggs and bring the mixture together into a dough. Wrap it in cling film and chill it in the fridge for 30 minutes
Pre-heat your oven to 200C (180C Fan)/400F/Gas Mark 6
Roll the pastry out and line the tin with it, trim the edges and prick the bottom all over with a fork
Cover the pastry with foil or baking paper and fill it with baking beans. Bake the pastry for 20 minutes
Remove the baking beans and foil, turn the oven down to 180C (160C Fan)/350F/Gas Mark 4 and bake the pastry again for another 15 minutes
To make the lemon filling whisk up the whole eggs and egg yolks
In a pan melt the butter, caster sugar and the lemon juice together
Once the butter and sugar are melted, pour the mixture slowly into the eggs, whisking as you pour
Pour the mixture back into the pan and heat it on a medium heat for 5 minutes until it thickens up, keep stirring it during this time
Pour the lemon mixture into the pastry case. Bake it again on 180C (160C Fan)/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 5 minutes. Leave it to cool completely
To make the Italian meringue put the caster sugar and the water in a pan and let it come to the boil with the lid on. If you notice any sugar around the edges of the pan, brush them away with a wet pastry brush. Use a candy thermometer to check the temperature and when it reaches 115C/240°F it's ready
In a stand mixer whisk up the egg whites with the cream of tartar until they reach soft peak stage. Pour the sugar syrup into a jug, and keeping the mixer on, pour the sugar syrup into the meringue. Be careful not to let the sugar syrup hit the side of the bowl
Keep the food mixer running until the bowl feels cool, then dollop the meringue on top of the pie using a spoon and flick it around to give it texture. Finally use a kitchen blowtorch to brown the meringue all over
Serve immediately and store leftovers in the fridge for 2 days