Citrus Meringue Pie

A modern twist on lemon meringue, this citrus meringue pie recipe uses lime and orange as well as lemon in the filling. The case is made with crushed cookie crumbs held together with egg white, rather than melted butter, to reduce the fat content.

Source: Cook Smart for a Healthy Heart, Reader’s Digest Canada


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8servings 30minutes 30minutes
Servings Prep Time
8servings 30minutes
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Place the cookies in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Tip into a mixing bowl, add the egg white and stir until moistened.
  2. Spoon the cookie mixture into a lightly greased, nonstick 23 cm (9 in.) springform cake pan. Using the back of a spoon, press the crumbs in a thin layer over the bottom and sides of the pan. Bake for 7–10 minutes or until firm. Leave to cool.
  3. To make the filling, combine the rind and juice of the lemon and lime with the orange juice in a heatproof bowl. Stir in the cornstarch to make a smooth paste. Bring 1 1⁄4 cups water to a boil in a saucepan. Pour the water over the juice mixture, stirring constantly, then return to the pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring frequently, for 1 minute or until thick and smooth.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and cool for a minute. Meanwhile, place the egg yolks and sugar in a small bowl and combine. Add a little of the hot citrus mixture and stir, then pour this into the remaining citrus mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Pour into the prepared cookie case.
  5. To make the meringue topping, place the egg whites in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until stiff. Gradually add the sugar and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form.
  6. Spoon the egg whites over the top of the citrus filling to cover evenly, swirling the egg whites attractively. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the meringue is golden-brown. Leave the citrus meringue pie to cool before serving.
Recipe Notes

Per serving: 205 calories, 4 g protein, 5 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 56 mg cholesterol, 38 g total carbohydrate, 24 g sugars, 1 g fibre, 109 mg sodium

Eggs are one of the few sources of vitamin D. It is found in the yolk and is not destroyed by cooking. The vitamin A and vitamin B content of eggs is also concentrated in the yolk rather than the white.