Lemon Meringue Pie with Ginger Lemon Cookie Crust

Yields Makes one 9-inch pie

Prep Time 15 min

Cook Time 25 min

Total Time 40 mins

A great twist on Lemon Meringue Pie with a Ginger Lemon cookie crust

Ingredients

    For the Ginger Lemon Crust

    • 1 1/2 cups crushed Carr Lemon Ginger Cookies
    • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

    For the Lemon Filling

    • 1/3 cup cornstarch
    • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    • 4 large egg yolks
    • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 3 to 4 lemons)
    • 1 1/4 cup water
    • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
    • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest (from 3 to 4 lemons)

    For the Meringue

    • 5 large egg whites, at room temperature
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

    Directions

      To Make the Graham Cracker Crust:

      1. Place oven rack in the center of oven and heat to 375°F.
      2. Put cookies in a processor and process finely. Add melted butter and salt and mix well. Press mixture evenly into a 9-inch pie plate and bake until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

      To Make the Lemon Filling:

      1. Combine cornstarch, sugar, egg yolks, and lemon juice in a medium-size heavy saucepan. Add water and whisk until blended; use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the pan to make sure mixture is well combined.
      2. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add butter and lemon zest, and stir vigorously until butter is completely melted and ingredients are thoroughly combined.
      3. Pour mixture into cooled graham-cracker crust, cover with a round of waxed paper and let it cool to room temperature.

      To Make the Meringue:

      1. Combine egg whites and salt in a large, clean bowl and whip with a mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and continue beating until stiff, glossy peaks form.
      2. Remove the waxed paper from the pie and spoon meringue over lemon filling. Spread meringue with a spatula so that it covers the entire surface of the pie, sealing in filling. Be sure meringue meets the crust, otherwise it will shrink inward, exposing filling.
      3. Bake until meringue is golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool to room temperature on a wire rack, then refrigerate until filling is cold, at least 4 hours. Slice, and serve chilled.
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