à La Mode- à La Monday! “A thick slice of Lemon Meringue Pie with coffee”

06 Mar

Lemon meringue pie
Main ingredients Shortcrust or shortbread pastry, lemon curd, meringue

Cookbook: Lemon meringue pie  Media: Lemon meringue pie

Lemon meringue pie is a type of baked pie, usually served for dessert, made with a crust usually made of shortcrust pastry, lemon custard filling and a fluffy meringue topping. Lemon meringue pie is prepared with a bottom pie crust, with the meringue directly on top of the lemon filling. No upper crust is used, as in a cherry pie.


Lemon meringue pie from Paris, France
Lemon flavored custards, puddings and pies have been enjoyed since Medieval times, but meringue was perfected in the 17th century. Lemon meringue pie, as it is known today, is a 19th-century product. The earliest recorded recipe was attributed to Alexander Frehse, a Swiss baker from Romandie.


The lemon custard is usually prepared with egg yolks, lemon zest and juice, sugar, and, optionally, starch. This gives it a texture similar to that of a sturdy pudding. The meringue, which includes well beaten egg whites and sugar, is cooked on top of the pie filling. As the meringue bakes, air bubbles trapped inside the protein of the egg whites will expand and swell. However, if the egg whites are beaten too much, or if a tiny amount of fat is allowed to contaminate the mixture, then the proteins will not be able to form the correct molecular structure when cooked, and the meringue may collapse when cooked. The meringue can be beaten into either soft or stiff peaks. The temperature the pie is baked at and the method by which sugar is added also determines the texture and durability of the meringue.


Posted by on March 6, 2017 in coffee, Monday Madness



5 responses to “ à La Mode- à La Monday! “A thick slice of Lemon Meringue Pie with coffee”

  1. Michael Seidel

    January 9, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Mom made a terrific lemon meringue pie was I was a child so it was one of the things I learned to make as an adult. I admit, I use pie sticks. Thanks for a delicious reminder. Cheers

    Liked by 1 person

  2. SueT唐 梦 琇

    January 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    This is my favourite dessert. Looks delicious.


  3. America On Coffee

    January 9, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    :-) Indeed!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Karen

    January 9, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Looks yummy

    Liked by 1 person

  5. boundlessblessingsblog

    January 10, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Wow I too agree with SueT. Looks yummy, ready to eat and so well described. Great post.

    Liked by 1 person


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