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Lemon Meringue Pie/Tart

Salam Alaikum / Hi


Food historians tell us the precursor for meringue was an Elizabethan-era dish called  "Snow". (aka snow eggs). What exactly is meringue and who is credited for the discovery?
"Meringue...an airy, crisp confection of beaten egg white and sugar. The word probably entered French from German, as did many other French words ending in -ingue. It first appeared in print in Massailot [1691], although earlier recipes for the same thing but without the name had been published. The name travelled to England almost at once and first appeared in print there in 1706....It seems to have been only in the 16th century that European cooks discovered that beating egg whites, e.g. with a whisk of birch twigs (in the absense of any better implement), produced an attractive foam. At first the technique was used to make a simple, uncooked dish called snow, made from egg white and cream. However, cooking such a foam would not have resulted in meringue, for any fat in the mixture, as represented by the cream, prevents the egg whites from taking on the proper texture...When true meringue made its appearance in the 17th century, it still lacked its name and was often called "sugar puff.""
---Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson [Oxford University Press:Oxford] 1999 (p. 197)

A dear friend 'Sugar' gave me the recipe for this delicious lip smacking pie/tart the other week, without my weighing scales i had no option but to wait and it was totally worth it.
I finally set my mind to bake it this morning. After around an hour and half it was finished,  ready and waiting for when dh woke from his slumber.
Note: In future Asmaa, don't think about pastry baking when in england a heat wave is in progress!

My version became more a tart than pie, as the layers were skinnier than normal. This is in no way a fault in the original recipe but to myself by not using a 19cm flan/tart/pie tin, i used my one and only 23cm petal shaped loose based tart tin.

The on-going problem i have with baking in my pretty petal tin is the tart always sticks and never will come out in 1 piece (the tin is supposed to be non stick and i still butter it very well)  Any tips/help would be greatly appreciated.


225g plain flour
25g sugar
100g butter
¼ tsp salt
1 egg
*Note this is probably Enough for two 19cm flan cases or 1 23cm tart tin with a but left over, it can be frozen.

Juice of 3 lemons
Finely grated zest of 2 lemons
3 tbsp corn flour
150ml water
75g sugar
2 egg yolks
15g butter

2 egg whites
115g sugar

  1. In a food processer pulse flour, sugar and butter to fine bread crumb consistancy add in beaten egg and pulse until you have a dough, may need little water. Chill for at least ½ hour. Do prep work i.e. zest lemons,weigh sugars and butter etc for filling/meringue.
  2. Preheat oven to 180deg C Fan/ 200deg C/400 deg F/gas 6. Roll out dough to line your chosen tin, best if quite thin but it is fragile to work with especially in the heat of the morning sun! Patch where necessary. Prick pastry and line with paper and baking beans, bake for around 12 mins and then take out paper and beans and bake for further 5 mins, maybe longer depending on how well done you like pastry.
  3. Reduce oven to 130deg C/ 150deg C / 300deg F/ gas 2, For filling put lemon juice and zest in pan, mix water and corn flour together and add, slowly bring to boil and stir until thickened, remove from heat, add sugar, let cool so you don’t scramble egg then mix in egg yolks. Stir in the butter, spoon into pastry case.
  4. For meringue, whisk egg whites until stiff then gradually whisk in the sugar, until thick and glossy. Spoon it over the lemon, spreading with spoon and then swirling it with a scewer/cocktail stick. Bake for 15 mins( 23cm tin) or 30-35 mins (19cm) OR until meringue is golden and crisp.
Thank you sugar for the recipe.

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At 26 May 2012 at 20:10 , Blogger Noor said...

I have everything I need to whip one up I just may tomorrow. We used to have these at home all the time. Also lime and chocolate.

At 26 May 2012 at 21:12 , Blogger Unknown said...

You really should! The sharp citrus flavour makes it perfect as a dessert at the end of a heavy meal. We should do a bake off every month or 2 with any other foody bloggers that may be interested?

At 29 May 2012 at 09:15 , Blogger Sugarpea12 said...

Asalamu alaikum
Masha Allah this looks wonderful, you did so good with the fancy tin and pastry! And I'm so glad the recipe went well for you, I can't always follow to the letter and remember what I do!

At 29 May 2012 at 12:13 , Blogger Unknown said...

Wa Alaikum Salam sis,

JazakAllahu Khair ukhti, it was the perfect balance of sweet/tartness for me mashAllah

At 2 June 2012 at 23:07 , Blogger ••❤MingMing❤•• said...

wow! masha'Allah. You are so very skilled! it' looks delicious! Thanx for sharing this recipe.



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