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Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

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Betsy Stine


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup cold water

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups water
3 egg yolks, beaten
2 tbsp butter
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1 tsp lemon extract

3 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
6 tbsp sugar

In a bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until a ball forms. Roll out pastry to fit a 9" pie plate. Transfer pastry to plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of plate; Flute edges. Prick bottom and sides of pastry with a fork. Line with a double thickness of heavy duty foil. Bake at 450 degrees for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5-6 minutes longer til golden brown. Reduce heat to 350 degrees.

For filling, combine sugar, cornstarch, flour and salt in a saucepan. Gradually stir in water. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat. Gradually stir 1 cup hot filling into egg yolks; return all to pan. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in butter, lemon juice, peel and extract until butter is melted. Cover; set aside and keep hot.

For meringue, beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl on medium until foamy, about 2 minute. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Pour hot filling into crust. Spread meringue evenly over filling, sealing edges to crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until meringue is golden. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour; refrigerate at least 3 hours. Store in the refrigerator.

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