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Recipe

The best-ever lush lemon meringue pie

This lemon meringue pie recipe is a showstopper! Made extra lush with condensed milk and with a subtly spiced almond crust, this is a dessert that's dressed to impress. Enjoy as the perfect sweet treat for any occasion

By Jo Wilcox
  • 55 mins preparation
  • 35 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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Ingredients

Base
  • 150 gram ground almonds
  • 70 gram sliced almonds
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 125 gram butter, melted
Filling and meringue
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup caster sugar

Method

  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly grease a 26cm loose-bottomed flan tin.
  • 2
    In a food processor combine ground almonds, sliced almonds, spice, flour, sugar and melted butter and pulse until finely ground and mixture starts to clump together. Press mixture into base of the flan tin. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes then bake for 10-15 minutes until just lightly golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, place egg yolks, condensed milk, cornflour, lemon juice and zest in a medium saucepan and mix well. Heat gently, stirring with a wooden spoon, until mixture starts to thicken (about 4-5 minutes). Leave to cool for 20 minutes.
  • 4
    Whisk the egg whites with most of the caster sugar (reserve 1 Tbsp), beating until thick, glossy and white.
  • 5
    Pour lemon mixture into pre-cooked base and pile on the meringue, making sure to bring the meringue right to the edge of the almond shell to seal in the filling. Sprinkle with reserved sugar then bake for 15-20 minutes until meringue is golden and puffed.

Notes

  • Serves 8-10.

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