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Chunky Lemon Meringue Pie

In this adaptation of old-fashioned Shaker pie, thin slices of whole lemon are soaked with sugar overnight to soften and sweeten the peel. When mixed with eggs, they create a soft custard base with chewy lemon pieces and a pleasantly bitter edge.

Sunset AUGUST 2007

  • Yield: Makes 8 servings
  • Total: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes
  • Chill: 3 Hours, 30 Minutes


  • 6 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar


1. Quarter lemons lengthwise. Slice quartered lemons crosswise as thinly as possible, discarding the end pieces that are just peel and pith. Put lemon slices in a large bowl with the sugar. Toss to combine, cover, and let sit at least 24 hours and up to 2 days at room temperature.

2. Put an oven rack on the lowest rung and preheat oven to 450°. Lightly dust counter and rolling pin with flour, then unwrap dough. With short strokes from center outward, roll dough into a 12-in. circle (about 1/8 in. thick), turning 90° after every 3 or 4 passes of the rolling pin to keep it from sticking. Transfer dough to a 9-in. pie pan, letting it fall into place (if you push or stretch the dough, it will shrink back when baked). Trim overhang to 1/2 in., then tuck edge under. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, whisk the whole eggs and egg yolk in a medium bowl until frothy. Drain lemons (reserving liquid) and add lemon slices and 1 1/4 cup of the reserved liquid to the eggs. Stir to combine. Pour filling into crust. Cover with foil and bake 15 minutes. Remove foil, reduce heat to 325°, and bake another 20 minutes. Remove from oven, but leave oven on.

4. In a large clean bowl, beat egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar to create soft peaks. Add brown and granulated sugars and beat until shiny, firm peaks form. Spread meringue in a mound over hot pie and return to oven. Bake until top is puffed and deep brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely, at least 3 1/2 hours.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 458
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Protein: 8.7g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated fat: 5.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 79g
  • Fiber: 2.4g
  • Sodium: 387mg
  • Cholesterol: 146mg

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