Old fashioned lemon meringue pie (from Million Dollar baby movie)

Preparation time: 1 hour and a half
Difficulty: average- high


For the base

  • 250 gr of flour
  • 50 gr of sugar
  • 180 gr of butter
  • 75 ml of chilled water
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon

For the stuffing

  • 3 eggs
  • 225 gr of sugar
  • Juice of 2 lemons (6 tablespoons of Limmi lemon juice)
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon

For the meringue

  • 3 whites of egg
  • 50 gr of sugar


Take the butter out of the fridge and let it soften. Put flour, sugar, the egg yolk, the lemon grated rind and butter a fiocchetti.

Mould till you a form a stretchy mixture which you will remove from hands carefully dusting them with flour. Form a ball and let stand in the fridge for 30 minutes. Then roll out the dough on a floured top using a rolling pin.
Butter and flour a cake tin with a pull-out rim (apprx 26 cm wide) and wad it with the dough. Jab it with a fork, cover with oil-paper on which you will put dry beans and cook in an oven at 190° for about 15 minutes.

Lemon cream: in the meanwhile prepare the lemon cream mixing the lemons juice, their rind, sugar, the minced butter in a pyrex glass bowl which you will warm “a bagno maria” ( that is on a pan containing some slightly boiling water) Mix from time to time till the butter is melted. Add the eggs, well beaten, and cook, mixing continuously, until the mixture is a bit thickened, that is till it covers up the back of a spoon.
Pour this lemon cream on the pastry base taken out of the oven, taking the beans and the oil-paper away.
Spread the egg whites beaten stiff which you will sweeten with sugar only in the end. Put in the oven at 180° for about 20 minutes, the time necessary for the meringue to colour. Take the meringue out of the oven and cool it before eating.

It keeps well for some days in the fridge

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