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Orange Meringue Pie Recipe

This light, luscious pie—my grandmother's specialty—is still one of our family's most-requested summertime desserts.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 4 egg yolks, well beaten
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 pie shell (9 inches), baked
  • MERINGUE:
  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions

  • 1. In a 2- to 3-qt. saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Using a wire whisk, gradually blend in orange juice until smooth. Add egg yolks and blend thoroughly. Add lemon juice and butter. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly, and gradually bring to a boil. Reduce heat as mixture begins to thicken. Boil slowly for 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in peel. Pour hot filling into pie shell. Let stand, allowing a thin film to form on top.
  • 2. Meanwhile, for meringue, beat egg whites in a small bowl until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat on high until soft peaks form. Reduce speed to medium; add sugar gradually, about 1 tablespoon at a time. beat on high until stiff and glossy.
  • 3. Spoon meringue around edge of filling. Using a spatula, push meringue gently against inner edge of crust, sealing well. Swirl meringue into center of pie.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until meringue is golden brown. Cool on wire rack at room temperature for 2 hours before serving. To cut, use a sharp knife dipped in hot water. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 457 calories, 14 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 249 mg sodium, 80 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein.