Today I’m sharing a simple recipe for lemon meringue pie. I had some shortcrust pastry left over from a quiche I had made a few days ago and was trying to think of something interesting to do with it. I hate throwing scraps away so I wanted to turn some raggedy bits of shortcrust into something special.
I knew I wanted to do a sweet but had to consider what I had in the house! I had some chocolate, but no cream and only two slightly ageing eggs which meant that my options were somewhat limited, but I soon settled on Lemon Meringue pie! These are extremely simple to do and the quantities in this Lemon Meringue Pie recipe can easily be adjusted depending on the number of guests to dinner. The ingredients are also surprisingly cheap!
Individual Lemon Meringue Pies
- 150g Shortcrust Pastry
- For the lemon curd:
- 1 egg
- The zest and juice of one lemon
- 115g caster sugar
- 25g butter
- For the meringue:
- 50g caster sugar
- 1 egg white
- Roll the pastry out until half a centimetre thick, and line muffin tins.
- Blind bake in the oven for 8-10mins at gas mark 6 (leave the oven on while doing the next stage to ensure it is pre-heated).
- The lemon curd can easily be done in the microwave.
- Put all of the ingredients in a microwavable bowl (but do strain the egg first!), and zap for 1min.
- Give it all a good stir to ensure there are no lumps and zap again for a further 1min.
- Keep doing this until you feel the mixture thicken (note: we are not expecting it to get really thick at this stage, this will happen when it cools!)
- Allow the mix to cook while whipping up the meringue – first using an electric whisk, whisk your egg white until it forms stiff peaks (in other words you can hold it over your head!)
- Then slowly add the caster sugar (I recommend on tbsp at a time!) Once it has gone thick and glossy it is ready!
- Pour the cooled curd into the pastry cases.
- Then top with the meringue.
- Bake in the oven at gas mark 6 for 10mins (or until the meringue begins to go golden.)
These can be served hot straight out of the oven, or be left to cool!