I was so pleased to discover that my wonderful Lemon Meringue Pie recipe that took years to perfect is just as good, if not better, when made lactose and gluten free! For the intolerant among us enjoy this delicious dessert... It's best served cold the next day but I often can't wait and love a slice when it's still warm and fresh out of the oven... ENJOY!
Pastry: This makes approximately 375g of pastry, enough to line a 23-25cm pie dish. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Sift the flour, sugar and salt together in a large bowl until light and combined, sift at least 3 times. Chop the chilled margarine and scatter over the flour. Rub together with the flour using your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. As you rub the margarine into the flour lift it up high before letting it fall back into the bowl, this helps aerate the mixture.
Whisk the egg and water together. Make a well in the centre of the flour and margarine mixture then add the liquid. Using a flat bladed knife, mix the dough using a cutting motion (rather than a stirring) until the dough comes together (or alternatively use the dough blades on an electric mixer to combine the dough). The dough should hold together, though if it is too dry, gradually add water until the right consistency. Avoid adding too much water as this will toughen the pastry. If the dough is too sticky add additional flour.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently press the dough into a ball and flatten (avoid over kneading as this toughens the pastry). Cover the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes (this helps prevent shrinkage during cooking).
Unwrap the dough and roll out between 2 pieces of baking paper with a rolling pin until large enough to cover the base and sides of a 23-25cm pie dish (approx 30cm in diameter). Heavily grease the pie dish with additional margarine then invert the rolled pastry. Trim the edges and decorate the rim with a fork. Prick the base with a fork then blind bake the pastry for 15 minutes. Remove the blind baking materials and bake the pastry for an additional 15-20 minutes or until it is starting to turn golden. Remove and set aside while making the lemon filling.
Lemon Curd Filling: Sift the flours and sugar together into a medium saucepan. Slowly stir in the lemon juice using a fork or whisk until smoothly combined. Over medium heat gradually add the water, continuing to whisk as you go. Continue to stir/whisk the mixture over medium heat until it begins to thicken.
When thick remove from heat and whisk in the butter and the egg yolks. Return to low heat and stir constantly until very thick. Spread the filling over the pastry base and allow to stand until it has begun to cool.
Meringue In a clean dry bowl, using an electric mixer, gradually beat the egg whites together until they form soft peaks. Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat until the peaks begin to stiffen. Gradually add the caster sugar, beating vigorously on high until the meringue is thick and glossy and all the sugar has been added. Quickly beat through the vanilla essence. Once the lemon filling is cooled down, gently spoon the meringue onto of the lemon filling in the pie dish, making peaks with a fork/knife.
Baking: Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.
Place the pie in the centre of the oven and bake for 10-15, or until the meringue has just started to turn golden. Turn the oven off and allow the pie to cool in the oven overnight, or until ready to serve. NOTE: if serving hot/warm the lemon filling may not be completely firm/set - it's still delicious, just a little more messy!
The pie can be kept wrapped in plastic in the fridge for up to 10 days though it is best fresh.
I make this recipe all the time- its definitely my go-to recipe for desserts. My mum is dairy-intolerant so this is perfect and delicious! This recipe is simple to understand and has great outcomes! The pastry is always perfect and so is the curd- though I do se pavlova magic for the meringue so there's a lot of it.
Definitely would recommend this recipe to others! - 28 May 2015