Apple Meringue Pie
Wonderful tangy apples under a billowing cloud of meringue make this a refreshing dessert and a change from the usual lemon meringue pie.
We made ours a little different by adding some passion fruit vinegar to the apples which complements them rather well.
This makes the finished result very interesting so we do recommend using the vinegar as the pie won’t really taste the same.
- 400g shortcrust pastry (ready-made is fine)
- 700g Bramley apples
- 125g caster sugar
- 2 tbsp passion fruit vinegar or use lemon juice
- 2 eggs
Preheat the oven to 200°C / 400°F / Gas 6. Roll out the pastry and line a 23cm loose-bottomed flan tin. Put in the fridge and leave to rest for 20 minutes.
Peel, core and cube the apples. Place in a saucepan with 25g of the caster sugar, the passion fruit vinegar or lemon juice and 2 tbsp water. Cook gently for about 10–15 minutes until softened, then allow to cool.
Remove the pastry from the fridge and line it with baking paper and weigh down with some baking beans. Bake blind for 10–15 minutes. Remove the paper and the beans, and bake for a further 5 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from oven, and reduce oven temperature to 180°C / 350°F / Gas 4.
Separate the eggs. Add the yolks to the cooled, cooked apples and stir to mix well. For the meringue, whisk the egg whites until stiff, and gradually add the remaining caster sugar.
Spoon apple mix into the flan case, top with the meringue, creating peaks, then cook in the oven for 15–20 minutes until golden.
Cool for a while before serving.
NOTES ON INGREDIENTS
Passion Fruit vinegar is available from Alan Coxon.
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