Orange Meringue Pie

  • on March 20, 2007
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Ingrients & Directions

2 c All-purpose flour
1/2 ts Salt
2/3 c Vegetable shortening
2 tb Ice water (or more)
2 c Fresh orange juice
12 tb Unsalted butter; sliced
1 1/2 tb Grated orange zest
1/2 c Fresh lemonjuice
2 ts Grenadine syrup

6 tb Cornstarch
3 tb All-purpose flour
1 c Sugar
1/4 ts Salt
1 c Boiling water
5 Egg yolks; lightly beaten

5 Egg whites; at room temp.
1/4 ts Salt
1/2 ts Cream of tartar
1/2 c Sugar; plus…
2 tb Sugar

Combine the flour, salt and shortening in a large mixing bowl, and
cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse meal. With a
fork, stir in only enough ice water to enable the dough to be
gathered into a ball. Flatten the ball into a disk, wrap in waxed
paper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. On a lightly floured
surface, roll out the pastry into an 11-inch round. Without
stretching, fit the pastry into a 9-inch pan. Trim, leaving a
1/2-inch overhang all around; discard the pastry scraps or reserve
for another purpose. Tuck under the excess pastry and crimp to make
a decorative edge. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before baking. Preheat
the oven to 425 F. Line the pastry with aluminum foil and weigh down
with aluminum pie weights or dried beans to prevent the pastry from
bubbling. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Cool
on a rack. PREPARE THE FILLING: In a large mixing bowl, combine the
cornstarch, flour, sugar and salt. Stirring constantly, pour in the
boiling water nad blend until smooth. Add the egg yolks and orange
juice and beat until smooth. Transfer the filling to the top of a
double boiler over, but not touching, boiling water and cook,
stirring frequently, for 15 to 20 minutes. When the mixture is very
thick, remove it from the heat. Add the butter, orange zest, lemon
juice and grenadine; stir until the butter melts. Cover with a round
of waxed paper place directly on the surface and let the filling cool
to room temperature. Pour into the pre-baked pie shell, cover with
waxed paper and chill for at least 5 hours or overnight. PREPARE THE
MERINGUE: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Place the egg whites in a bowl,
add the salt and beat until the whites are foamy. Add the cream of
tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar and
continue beating until the whites are stiff and very glossy. Do no
overbeat or the meringue will be dry. Pile the meringue on the
filling, mounding it in the center and spreading it out to the edge
of the crust to seal well. Bake in the center of the oven for 15
minutes, or until the meringue is golden. Let cool and chill for 3
hours before serving. To slice neatly, use a knife dipped into
boiling water before making each cut.

8 Servings

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