Lemon Berry Pie With Meringue Top
Spring is here. The supermarkets are full of berries, although the self picking season is still far away.
We do love picking fruits and vegetables and eating them fresh from the trees or bushes. Summer is the time that we are out in the fields, and return home directly to the kitchen…..
But for now, frozen berries can give the smell, taste and nostalgic of summer….
A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon a great recipe on a foodie blog Lick The Spoon of Raspberry Lemon Slice and immediately felt summer. I went straight into my kitchen and started playing around with this great recipe. Adding a bit, changing a bit but keeping the basics that just simply work…
So here is my version that I believe really work….
For the pie crust you need:
130 gram margarine, or unsalted butter (9 tbsp)
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla paste or vanilla essence
No need for a mixer here, cut the margarine into small squares, add the sugar and half the flour and start kneading, Add the additional flour and vanilla paste. Don’t over knead. as soon as you have a nice dough, oil 2 pie pans and place the dough on the bottom, no need to fill the sides, just the bottom.
Bake for 15 minutes in 350F (180C), or until the crust is brown and crispy.
Lemon Berry Filling:
2 1/2 cups frozen berries, thawed or your favorite berry – raspberry, blueberry, blackberry or strawberries.
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 medium/large lemons)
zest of the 2 lemons
3 egg whites
2/3 cup flour
1 tsp. vanilla essence/paste
Thaw the berries and mash them. Place them in a mixer with the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Make sure the flour is completely blended into the fruit mix. Pour the fruit mix over the crust, and place back in the oven. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.
mix well 2 egg whites with 70 gram sugar (2.4oz) until you get a white, stiff, fluffy cream.
Spread the meringue over the pies and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, until the top is light brown.
Cool and enjoy! This is a great treat!
Yum I love the idea of the emringue topping! Looks devine 🙂
Thank you and if you make the meringue not too sweet it goes perfectly with the berries…
I had no idea that you can brown meringue in the oven!! I though people had blow torches at home hahaha. Thanks for the tip, now I have to try this.
oh yes. If you want to make meringue sweets (like I show in Mimuna) or meringue for Pavlova you bake for a long time in very low heat to dry it but keep the white color but to brown you bake for a short time in 350F and get the beautiful top while inside it is still soft and fluffy….
I literally just made meringues and it was a total bust 🙁 I don’t know what happened. All of them cracked and the insides started to ooze out. It’s been an hour (of 3 hours) in at 200 degrees with the door slightly agar. I’m going to have to try again. But thank you for letting me know about the soft meringue. I plan on making a pie soon and def want a meringue top. 🙂
That’s funny. I also made meringues today. I bake them on 230 for 90 minutes. Not with the door open….. Try to heat the egg whites with sugar in a saucepan on low heat until sugar dissolves and then mix immidietely. It makes it harder faster….