Lemon meringue pie is a very common Chilean recipe, but since no one in our house is too enthusiastic about it, I’d never made it before. Until yesterday, when we had a friend over for dinner, who I know is a big fan.
Recipe updated in May 2017.
I had not made this lemon pie again in 7 years; my family often complains that we never repeat dishes. This past weekend we had friends for lunch, and I wanted to make something special. It turned out fantastic, the recipe is excellent, and I used a different meringue technique that I feel was a great contribution.
It can be refrigerated for 2-3 days, the meringue holds perfectly.
My youngest daughter is 7 and tasted it for the first time and loved it, so now there’s a new fan.
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Chilean Lemon Meringue Pie
- 125 grams butter, room temperature
- 3 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 cups regular flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 pinch of salt
- 2 cans condensed milk
- 1 1/4 cup lemon juice, strained
- lemon zest
- 4 egg whites at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- Preheat oven at 180C or 350F.
- Butter a pie form.
- In a bowl, beat the butter and confectioner’s sugar for 5 minutes until creamy, add egg and stir to combine. Add flour, salt, and baking powder and beat until crumbles form, keep working it using your hands until the dough is soft. Make a disc and extend over a form compressing the dough with your knuckles until the base and the walls are covered. Bake for 15-20 minutes until it is slightly golden.
- While the dough bakes, mix condensed milk with lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir until combined –you need to be patient as this may take some time.
- Remove the cooked dough and pour the lemon- condensed milk mix over the warm dough.
- Prepare a water bath in a large pot. Boil 5cm water.
- Prepare the meringue. Use a clean un bowl (I use my KitchenAid’s) that you can place over the pot of boiling water without it touching the water. Mix the egg whites with sugar and beat with a wire beater. Place over the water bath and constantly beat until sugar dissolves; it’s quick about 3-5 minutes. The easiest way of checking is to take some of the egg whites between the fingers; you should not be able to feel any grains.
- Remove from Bain Marie and beat he egg whites with the hand mixer at maximum speed until the mix cools and meringue is very white, bright and firm.
- You can put the meringue in a piping bag with a star tip (use the largest you have) and make whatever design you like.
- Brown in the oven at 180C (keep an eye on it always, it’s quick 5-8 minutes) or burn with a kitchen torch like I did.
- Serve cold; you can refrigerate overnight unmolded.