Cherry meringue pie
- June 2010
- Serves 8
- Takes 30 min to make, 1 hour to cook, plus cooling and chilling
Got cherries ripening on a tree? This take on a lemon meringue pie recipe uses seasonal fresh red cherries for a summery, succulently sweet dessert.
- 542 kcals
- 19.5g (10.9g saturated)
- 86.8g (59g sugar)
- 1.5kg fresh red cherries, stoned
- 100g caster sugar
- 3 tbsp kirsch
- 6 tbsp ground arrowroot
- Juice of half a lemon
- 5 large free-range egg yolks
- 60g butter
For the pastry
- 150g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- Pinch of salt
- 30g caster sugar
- 85g unsalted butter
- 1 large free-range egg yolk
For the meringue
- 3 large free-range egg whites
- 175g caster sugar
- Make the pastry. Pulse the flour, salt, sugar and butter in a blender, until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and 1 tbsp cold water. Pulse until it comes together to form a dough. Wrap in cling film, then chill for at least 10 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan170°C/gas 5. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface to the thickness of a 50p coin and use to line a deep (3cm) 21cm fluted tart tin. Line with baking paper and fill with baking beans or rice. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the beans/rice and paper and bake for a further 10-12 minutes until golden and crisp. Set aside to cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4.
- Put the cherries, sugar and kirsch in a pan over a low heat. When the sugar has melted, increase the heat a little and cook for 5-10 minutes until the cherries start to break down. Whizz in a food processor and press through a sieve, back into the pan. You should have approximately 650-700ml juice – top up with water if you don’t have enough.
- In a bowl, mix the arrowroot with the lemon juice and 1 tbsp water until it forms a paste. Whisk into the cherry mixture and cook over a medium heat until it reaches boiling point. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously, until it is really thick. Remove from the heat and beat in the yolks and butter. Cool completely, then pour into the pastry case and chill for 20 minutes to firm up.
- For the meringue, whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until they form stiff peaks. Gradually whisk in the sugar until you have a glossy meringue. Pile on top of the filling, swirling with a palette knife to create peaks. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the meringue is lightly golden (if you have chilled the pie for longer it will need a couple of minutes more). Serve immediately with plenty of cream or ice cream.
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