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South African Style Lemon Meringue Pie

south african style lemon meringue pieThis recipe is the easiest, yummiest and most decadent dessert! Plus it is easy! This is a taste sensation - first the zing of the lemon, followed by the creamy sweet condensed milk and the buttery crunch of the cookie base, topped with the fluffy meringue. Mmmmm.....and it prevents scurvy! My Mom first made it for us when I was little and I have made this recipe one of my go-to desserts on board many times.

How To Make The Pie Base

PREHEAT OVEN to 180 degrees C (350F)

1. Grease a pie dish with butter.

2. Crush 1 200-gram packet (1 cup) Tennis biscuits  or any digestive biscuit.

3. Melt 125 grams (1/2 cup) butter.

4. Combine biscuits and butter and PRESS into the pie dish then place in fridge to set.

OR here in the USA, a Graham cracker crust will do fine.

sweetened condensed milkHow To Make The Lemon Filling

Mix 1 tin (385 g / 14oz) of Nestle / Carnation condensed milk with 125 ml (1/2 cup) of lemon juice and 3 egg yolks (put the egg whites aside for the meringue topping).

How To Make The Meringue Topping

Whisk 3 to 4 egg whites until stiff and then gradually add 125 ml (1/2 cup) castor sugar (super fine sugar). Whisk until the peaks are stiff and the egg whites are shiny.

Pipe (or spoon on) the meringue onto the filling.

Bake

Bake at 180 degrees C (350 F) for ten – 15 minutes or until the meringue is lightly browned.

Allow to cool before serving.

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-2 # Guest 2016-09-26 16:40
this recipe is amazing!! :-) i used weetbix and it worked super well. thank you so much!!
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0 # Guest 2016-09-26 16:43
Hi Stacey
That is awesome! I love it too. It is easy and so damn yummy! I will try the Weetabix. Thanks for the tip!
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0 # Maria 2017-06-25 21:11
Thank you for the recipe.Please could you tell me the size of the pie dish you used?
Thanks again
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0 # Catamaran Guru 2017-06-28 13:37
Quoting Maria:
Thank you for the recipe.Please could you tell me the size of the pie dish you used?
Thanks again

Maria,you are welcome! I think I used a 9x11 dish
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0 # Kelly 2017-07-17 22:26
Hi, I am looking forward to making this lemon meringue pie for my party. I would like to know how many days in advance can I make this?
Many Thanks x
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0 # Catamaran Guru 2017-07-18 00:29
Hi Kelly, I usually make it the day before but I think you could probably make it 2 or 3 days ahead. There is nothing it that will go bad quickly when it is refrigerated. You may want to do the topping the day of the party so the meringue is nice and fluffy
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