For several years after she passed away, I tried to find Mama's Lemon Meringue Pie recipe. We searched through all her food notes and recipes and found absolutely nothing. I remember, as a child, standing beside her as she made them by the dozens for me and remembered the basic process but never found her ingredients for the recipe. Finally it dawned on me that she likely used the pudding recipe from some of her other dishes. I experimented with several different versions and settled on a variation of her Banana Pudding Recipe! That nailed it! This version has the same creamy, not gelatin, consistency her pie had. So, for all who remember Grandmama Ruby's Lemon Meringue Pie, here is the closest we have found yet! Enjoy! This is dedicated to all who miss her Southern down home meals!
Scald milk in top of double boiler. In another bowl, combine beaten egg yolks, sugar, salt and cornstarch. Pour about 1/2 cup of the milk mixture over the egg mixture and stir well to temper the egg mixture. return the egg mixture to the milk. Cook, stirring until the mixture is smooth and thickened. Thicken until the mixture is the texture you want the final pie filling to be. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice and zest.
Pour filling into the cooked pie crust and allow to cool slightly. If pie is too cool, the meringue will not seal and will weep over pie.
Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Beat egg whites until thick but not dry. Add 1/4 cup sugar gradually, continue beating until meringue is very stiff and glossy. When putting meringue on pie, make sure to "seal" the meringue to the crust all the way around the pie. This will insure the pie will cook properly and will not cause the pudding to separate or break as the pie cooks. Brown in oven until meringue is golden (approx. 15 minutes)
Cool and serve!
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (234g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 124 (32%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 13.8g||18 %|
|Saturated Fat 5.8g||29 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 4.9g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.5g|
|Cholesterol 118mg||36 %|
|Sodium 275.4mg||9 %|
|Potassium 258.6mg||7 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 59.2g||17 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.1g||5 %|
|Sugars, other 58g|
|Protein 8.2g||12 %|
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Calories per serving: 386
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