Lemon Ice Cream Meringue Pie

Not your average lemon meringue pie. This one is hiding an ice cream surprise.

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • Serves10
  • DifficultyEasy
180g plain flour
65g plus 3 tablespoons sugar
115g unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 whole egg plus 2 egg whites
2 400g containers lemon ice cream, softened
8 to 10 drops yellow food coloring, optional
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 175°C. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, 3 tablespoons sugar and a pinch of salt. Add the butter and lemon zest and work into the flour mixture until crumbly using your fingers or a pastry cutter. Separate the whole egg, adding the white to the other two for the meringue topping. Add the yolk to the dough and mix in until a soft dough forms. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake until golden, about 25 minutes. Cool. Lightly score the pie shell with a sharp knife (cutting about halfway through the crust) into 10 slices to make cutting the frozen pie easier.

Place the lemon ice cream in a large bowl and mix with a stiff spatula or wooden spoon until smooth, about 2 minutes. Mix in the food colouring if using. Spoon into the pie shell, smooth the top and place in the freezer until firm, 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 260°C. Place all 3 egg whites, the remaining sugar and a pinch of salt in a large heatproof bowl and put it over a pot with 1-inch of simmering water. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved, the eggs are warm and the mixture is fluffy. Whip with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until cooled, thick, glossy and stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract until just combined. Spread over the frozen pie and place in the oven until the meringue just browns, 1 to 2 minutes. Slice and serve.

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