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Lightened Meyer Lemon Meringue Pie (Lower Calorie, Lower Fat)

Course Dessert, Easter, Holiday, Pie
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 9
Calories 274 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 1 pie crust
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. grated Meyer lemon zest
  • 3 egg whites
  • pinch of cream of tartar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Place pie crust into a 9 inch pie plate. Fold the overhanging dough under and decorate any way you would like.
  3. With a fork, poke holes into the bottom of the pie crust.
  4. Blind bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  5. Place on a wire rack and let cool completely.
  6. Increase the oven to 400°.
  7. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.
  8. Slowly add the whole eggs and egg yolks. Beat for 1 minute. Add lemon juice. – DON’T PANIC - The mixture will look curdled.
  9. In a medium heavy bottomed pan (non-reactive), cook the mixture over low heat until it looks smooth.
  10. Increase the heat to medium and cook, stirring continuously, until the mixture thickens about 10 minutes. The mixture should leave a line on the back of a wooden spoon and will be 170° on an instant read thermometer. DON’T LET THE MIXTURE BOIL.
  11. Remove the curd from the heat and add in the lemon zest.
  12. Pour into the cooled pie crust.
  13. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg whites on medium speed until they start to get frothy.
  14. Add the cream of tartar and increase the speed to high.
  15. When the egg whites are at soft peaks (the peak automatically falls back onto itself), add the sugar slowly and keep mixing until stiff peaks form (the peak will stand up and stay in place)
  16. Using a rubber spatula, spread the meringue over the curd. Be sure the meringue touches the pie crust otherwise it will shrink.
  17. Bake for 5 minutes, or until meringue is golden brown.
  18. Place back on a wire rack and let cool completely before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Lightened Meyer Lemon Meringue Pie (Lower Calorie, Lower Fat)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Sugars 21g
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.