If you have a copy of my third cookbook, Sweetness: Southern Recipes to Celebrate the Warmth, the Love, and the Blessings of a Full Life, this recipe is on page 140.
Years and years ago, I came upon an orange meringue pie in the bakery section of a grocery store. Intrigued (Lemon Meringue is my favorite), I bought it and brought it home to taste.
Oh. My. Goodness.
Just as I expected, it was like a slice of sunshine! I immediately decided that I could make this myself and so tweaked my Lemon Meringue Pie recipe to come up with this version, which is featured in my latest cookbook, Sweetness.
If you have any lemon pie lovers in your life, this orange version will be sure to win them over as well. Of course, it helps that it’s easy as pie to make! Let me show you how.
To make this pie you’ll need: Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate (slightly thawed)*, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Sugar, Eggs, and a Graham Crust**.
*Orange Juice concentrate is a must, regular orange juice won’t do. This is what we need to give us the concentrated burst of orange flavor that won’t be drowned out by the other ingredients in our pie.
**Yes, I’m using a store bought pie crust. Do I know how to make a homemade graham crust? Of course I do. However, I’m completely fulfilled and happy as can be using this one I purchased for $1.50 instead. Y’all, the world is gonna be hard on ya, so you need to go easy on yourself every chance you get. If someone looks down on you for not making it from scratch, they were just looking for a reason to look down on you anyway.
Place your sweetened condensed milk, orange juice concentrate, and egg yolks in a mixing bowl. Mix until well combined like this, and pour into the shell.
Exact amounts of all ingredients, as always, are at the bottom of the post.
Now we just need to make our meringue. Meringue is a simple thing to make, as easy as turning on a mixer, but there are a two things you need to know about.
- Make sure no yellow from your egg gets in with your white. None. At. All. You want only whites so be careful when separating them.
- Make sure everything that is going to come into contact with your egg whites is clean and clear of any greasy residue. Fresh from the dishwasher should be just fine.
Place your egg whites in the bottom of a clean mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixer until foamy, as in the second photo. Add in sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form (last photo on right). You know you are there when you pull your beaters up out of the meringue and it creates a point that remains standing up, this is why we refer to it as a stiff peak.
Spread meringue over top of pie and make sure you spread it to the edges, actually touching the edge of the pie crust all around. If you don’t do this, wherever it doesn’t touch, the meringue will pull back a bit when baking.
Bake at 325 for 15 minutes, allow to cool completely, cover, and refrigerate several hours before serving.
DIVE IN to your new favorite pie!
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Some folks have been asking about my kimchi recipe that I mentioned back in my How To Make Sauerkraut post last week. It’s coming up! I asked in my Front Porch Fellowship group which recipe I should post today and Orange Meringue pie got the most votes! Kimchi will probably be next. 🙂
- 14-15 ounce* can sweetened condensed milk (filling)
- ½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
- 2 large egg yolks
- Graham cracker crust
- 3 large egg whites
- ¼ cup sugar
- For filling, In a medium sized bowl, mix together sweetened condensed milk, orange juice concentrate, and egg yolks with electric mixer until well blended. Pour into crust.
- For meringue, Whip egg whites with an electric mixer until foamy. Add sugar. Continue beating on high speed until soft peaks form. Pour onto top of pie and spread to edges to seal well. Bake at 325 for fifteen minutes or until top is golden. Allow to cool completely and refrigerate until chilled before serving.
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