Ah, barbeque season. Cold drinks, hot sun, sizzling meat and veggies. It's really the very best thing ever. I was invited to one recently and we took in the overflowing windowboxes and pots and the setting sun while stuffing ourselves with steak salad. I was in charge of dessert, so I pondered my pie progress and decided on lemon meringue:

Lemon Meringue Pie

For the crust:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 stick unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

1/3 cup cornstarch
1 cup white sugar
4 large egg yolks (from white eggs, unless you want orangey-lemon meringue pie)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 3 large lemons)
1 1/4 cup water
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp freshly grated lemon zest (from about 2 large lemons)

For the meringue:

4 large egg whites
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup white sugar


Preheat oven to 375. Combine crushed graham cracker crumbs and butter in a medium bowl and mix well. Press into the bottom of a pie pan and up the sides to form an even crust, about 9 inches across. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown, set aside to cool.


Combine cornstarch, sugar, egg yolks, and lemon juice in a saucepan. Add water and whisk until blended. Cook over medium to medium-high heat until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and add lemon zest and butter and stir constantly until mixture becomes pudding-like in consistency and completely blended.

Pour the mixture into the crust and cover with parchment paper and leave to cool until room temperature.


Refrigerate egg whites until cool, not cold. Add salt and beat until creamy, then begin to add sugar gradually until stiff glossy peaks form. Spread the meringue over the pie making sure to meet the meringue and crust, if not completely covering the crust so that the meringue won't shrink. I find a small spatula works well for this job. Bake pie at 375 for 10 minutes or until meringue is golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Then refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled.

The following group of photos I like to call "Pie Porn":

Oh, yum. Lemon pie is a great hot weather food. Serve yourself a big slice and enjoy the heat!