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Cranberry Meringue Pie

Yield 1 (9") pie


  • 1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
  • 2 (12-ounce) packages fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cranberry-apple juice drink
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind

How to Make It

  1. Fit piecrust into a 9" pieplate according to package directions; fold edges under, and crimp. Prick crust.

  2. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven, and cool completely. Reduce oven temperature to 325º.

  3. Combine cranberries, 1 cup sugar, cranberry-apple juice drink, and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, over medium heat, stirring often, 5 to 7 minutes or until cranberry skins pop. Pour cranberries through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard solids.

  4. Return cranberry mixture to saucepan. Combine cornstarch and water; stir into cranberry mixture. Add ginger. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla.

  5. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Add 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves (2 to 4 minutes). Add lime rind, beating just until blended.

  6. Pour hot cranberry filling into prepared crust. Spread meringue over hot filling, sealing to edge of pastry.

  7. Bake at 325° for 25 to 27 minutes or until meringue is golden. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Christmas with Southern Living 2004