Does anyone else celebrate Pie Day? I mean, how can you not? Pie is one of the most delicious foods ever created, so it only makes sense to devote a day to admiring its amazingness. My husband and I have an extra reason to celebrate, since it's our wedding anniversary! I'll admit that in the past, we haven't done such a great job with our anniversary. We rarely buy each other gifts, and there have been years (like last year... I think?) that we have forgotten our anniversary altogether. It's not that we don't love each other, or don't absolutely love being married. We just tend to celebrate the anniversary of our first date and forget the anniversary of our wedding. Well this year, I decided that from now on, we are just going to celebrate with an anniversary pie. Simple, easy, and (hopefully) memorable!
This lemon meringue pie is a great choice for celebrating pie day. It's perfectly tart and lemony, and topped with an amazingly light and fluffy meringue. I tend to be a little scared of baking pies, having had many a pie fail in the past, but this pie was super simple to make and came out perfectly! I still wasn't brave enough to try a homemade crust (baby steps), but I was pretty happy to have such a fantastic result for my homemade pie filling and meringue!
Lemon Meringue Pie
for the pie:
1 9 inch pie crust, pre-baked and cooled
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
pinch of salt
4 egg yolks
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
for the meringue:
6 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add the egg yolks, milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest, and mix to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Pour into pie crust and spread evenly.
In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. Add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, while mixing constantly, until all the sugar has been added. Beat until the egg whites form stiff peaks. Add the vanilla and mix until combined. Spread the meringue over the lemon mixture.
Bake 20-25 minutes, or until the meringue is browned. Remove from oven and cool completely, then refrigerate until ready to serve.
adapted from Plain Chicken
For more delicious pie recipes, check out these amazing posts from some of my talented blogging friends!
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Pineapple Fluff Pie from Yellow Bliss Road
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German Chocolate Pie from Creations by Kara
Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Biscuit Crust from Hey Grill, Hey
Meat and Potatoes Pie from Foodie with Family
Coconut Custard Pie from Gather for Bread
Pennsylvania Dutch Pies from Little Red Hen
Double Chocolate French Silk Pie from Life Made Simple
Salted Caramel Banana Cream Pie from Baking with Blondie
Apple Hand Pies from Yellow Bliss Road
and be sure to check out some of my favorite pies from The Baker Upstairs: