RECIPE: My mother's lemon meringue pie

"NAME Something that your mother or grandmother cooked that was your favourite."

That was the question we asked you on our Facebook site and hundreds of you replied with a multitude of dishes. In this video we feature Shane Maree Moore of Kingscliffe, NSW, who gives us a glimpse of the creative process that goes on behind scenes as she recreates her mother's lemon meringue pie. We would love to see your cooking videos! Send them to:



225g (1 1/2 cups) plain flour

2 tablespoons CSR Pure Icing Sugar

125g butter, chilled, coarsely chopped

2 1/2 tablespoons iced water

Lemon filling 

50g (1/3 cup) cornflour

125ml (1/2 cup) water

250ml (1 cup) fresh lemon juice

430g (2 cups) CSR Caster Sugar

60g butter, coarsely chopped

4 eggs, separated


Step 1

Sift the flour and icing sugar into a large bowl. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Step 2

Add the water and use a round-bladed knife to stir until a dough forms. Use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl. Turn onto a sheet of non-stick baking paper and roll out to a 5mm-thick disc. Use the pastry to line a 23cm (base measurement) pie dish. Trim excess pastry. Cover the pastry with baking paper. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 180°C. Fill the lined dish with pastry weights or rice. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Remove the paper and pastry weights or rice. Bake for a further 15-20 minutes or until crisp and golden. Set aside to cool completely.

Step 4

Meanwhile, to make the lemon filling, combine the cornflour, water, lemon juice and half the sugar in a saucepan. Use a balloon whisk to stir over medium heat for 4 minutes or until the mixture boils and thickens. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, for a further 1 minute. Remove from heat. Whisk in butter and egg yolks. Transfer to a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 3 hours or until cooled completely.

Step 5

Preheat oven to 190°C. Use an electric beater to beat the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 tablespoonful at a time until the mixture is thick and glossy.

Step 6

Spread the filling over the base of the pastry case. Spoon over the meringue mixture and spread to the edge of the pastry. Use the back of a spoon to create peaks. Bake in oven for 5 minutes or until the meringue peaks are light golden. Set aside to cool completely. Serve.

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