Nice pie. I used Meyer Lemons from my backyard tree, but upon tasting the custard, I thought it wasn't tart enough, so I added the juice of a couple Eureka lemons and it was much better, and the custard was forgiving--it didn't get too runny on the addition of the extra juice. I used vanilla sugar, and organic whole wheat pastry flour from a local farm, and half natural leaf lard, and half butter. Your grandma was right: lard makes the best crust. It works easier and faster, and tastes better too. I really loved the meringue with the sugar syrup. It gave it a rich flavor that's missing in plain fluffy meringues. Very good!
I'm going to give this recipe a 5 because I know it can become a 5, if you follow all the directions to the letter. My meringue never gained the level of volume that it needed. I'm not sure what I did wrong, since I boiled the syrup to the right temp and then quickly whisked it in as said. My egg whites were not at room temperature, but I've made successful meringues before with cold egg whites... I whisked the mixture for at least 7-8 minutes hoping it would get stiffer, but it never did. Finally I topped my pie with it and put it under the broiler, seemed to melt a bit from that. Will definitely try this again, because it just looks like a real show stopper. So try it, but pay close attention that you don't skimp on any of the instructions.
This is the best pie ever. My husband made it last year for Christmas and everyone is still talking about it. He is going to make two for Thanksgiving this year. The crust takes a while to make so plan ahead, but it is worth the time and effort.
I didn't beat my meringue long enough, but it didn't matter, everyone raved about the whole pie!
I've made this numerous times, and it is by far THE best lemon maringue pie ever. The filling is nice and tart, and has a lovely "custard-y" texture (unlike traditional lemon meringue pie, which can be "cornstarch-y"). What really makes it though, are the clouds of fluffy meringue on top. This pie is heavenly.
If you haven't tried this pie you're missing out. It does take some time but it's definately worth the effort. My husband loves lemon meringue and this is his personal favorite.