1 1/2 c Sugar
1/3 c Cornstarch
1/4 ts Salt
1 1/2 c -Water, cold
1/2 c Lemon juice
5 lg Eggs; separated
2 tb Butter; or margarine
1 ts Lemon rind; grated, to 3 tsp
1 9″ pastry shell; baked
1/4 ts Cream of tartar
1/2 c Sugar; plus
2 tb Sugar
1/2 ts Vanilla extract
Combine 1.1/2 cups sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a lg. heavy
saucepan; mix well. Gradually add water and lemon juice, stirring
until mixture is smooth. Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon
colored; gradually stir into lemon mixture. Add butter, and cook
over med. heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Cook
1 minute, stirring continuously. Remove from heat; stir in lemon
rind. Pour into pastry shell.
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed of an electric
mixer just until foamy. Gradually add 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar, 1
tbsp at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves (2
to 4 mins.). Beat in vanilla, and spread meringue over hot filling,
sealing to edge of pastry.
Bake at 325~ for 25 to 30 mins. or until meringue is golden brown.
Cool to room temp.