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Watery Lemon Meringue Pie filling

post #1 of 11
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Does anyone know why when I cut into my lemon meringue pie it was watery? I used Martha Stewart's recipe and thought it would have been fool proof. Any suggestions on correcting this problem would be appreciated.
post #2 of 11
Did you let the lemon filling cool completely before covering with meringue? Did the meringue cover completely to the crusts edge all the way around the pie shell?
SHIRLEY
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post #3 of 11
Alton Brown says in Good Eats "I Pie" episode that overcooking the lemon filling will cause it to become watery.

Mark
post #4 of 11
Gosh Flowerpot, don't depend on everything Martha does as being foolproof. If it was, she wouldn't have spent all that time in jail. icon_lol.gif

Seriously, I have never made lemon pie with anything but a box pudding mix except when I owned a cafe and then we used canned filling. I make all my other pies from scratch, but not lemon. Mark seemed to have the answer.

Diane
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post #5 of 11
I was actually watching martha the other day and someone in the audiance actually asked her about this. She says that there is really no way around it, but adding a little extra sugar to the meringue, or even making a cooked meringue can help.
Good luck
Ash
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by AshleyLogan

I was actually watching martha the other day and someone in the audiance actually asked her about this. She says that there is really no way around it, but adding a little extra sugar to the meringue, or even making a cooked meringue can help.
Good luck
Ash



Maybe I am not understanding the problem. Is it the filling or the meringue that was watery? I thought you meant the filling was watery. If it is the meringue, I definitely would not have an answer. I have made it with the shell and filling both hot and put on the meringue. I have made it with a cool shell, let the filling cool, and put on the meringue. I have tried more sugar in the meringue. Tried it with or without cream of tarter. No method is foolproof. I think it is just fate as to whether the meringue "weeps" as my mother always referred to it. Sometimes it will remain real tall, sometimes it falls flat. I made several pies a day and never found a foolproof method.

Diane
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post #7 of 11
My last reply was off the top of my head, and as usual when I do things like that, I got it wrong. Upon review of the episode I quoted, AB says watery lemon filling is due to UNDERcooking the filling. If you want to get an education on lemon meringue pie, here is a link to a transcript from that episode http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/Season7/Pie/i_pie_trans.htm

probably way more info than you would really want, but I just love Alton Brown.

Mark
post #8 of 11
Thanks Mark. That was really informative. I do use lard for my crust but never butter and lard. Will have to try it next time I get the urge to make pies.

I love CC. It's not just about cake..........

Diane
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post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for all your replies. I'm not giving up on this recipe because it was the best tasting I've ever had--even my company wanted the recipe but I don't want to share it till I can figure out how to have a nice filling with no water in it. Perhaps I did cook it too long. I'll try again for sure.

Have a nice day !

Flower
post #10 of 11
Because of the difficulty of cooking lemon meringue pie filling to the precise temperature required in order not to become liquid, I've switched to a lemon curd filling. I use Ina Garten's filling for Lemon Meringue Tart. Yum, yum, y'all. Try it. You will thank me later. icon_wink.gif

(scroll down to lemon filling)

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_32264,00.html
post #11 of 11
I have this problem about 75% of the time and I've tried everything I can think of to get the cooking timing right. I've used all different kinds of box filling and made my own as well. Last time I used canned....didn't like the way it tasted at all!
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