Lemon Meringue Pie (Bolivian style)

October 27, 2010
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  • Serves 8-12
Author Notes

This is the lemon meringue pie/ tart my mother has been baking for years in Bolivia. In Bolivia we usually have it at tea time, but it is a fantastic dessert that is always a sure hit and extremely easy to make! I get requests to make this very often. You can use Meyer lemons but as those do not exist in Bolivia, that is not what I usually use. —yella

What You'll Need
  • 2 14oz cans of sweet condensed milk
  • 4 eggs (whites and yolks separated)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (note: do not use lime juice)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 unbaked pie crust
  • 1 pinch lemon zest
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In two small bowls, separate the egg whites from the yolks. Make sure there are no traces of yolk or egg shells in the egg whites.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the condensed milk and the 4 egg yolks. With the help of a hand mixer, slowly mix in the lemon juice until combined thoroughly. Pour this mixture on the pie crust and bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  3. As the pie cooks, prepare the meringue. In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites with a hand mixer until they become white and fluffy but you can still see some bubbles and a spongy texture. At that point slowly add in the sugar making sure the meringue is rising and becoming smoother. The way to check that meringue is ready is by turning off the hand mixer and lifting it slightly up from the mixture - if little peaks form and stay on your meringue, its done!
  4. Remove the pie from the oven, and pour the meringue on top of filling mixture. Form little peaks with a fork on the meringue and sprinkle a pinch of lemon zest on top. Put the pie back in the oven. The pie is finished when the peaks have browned (~ 12 min but maybe less).

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7 Reviews

Vedran July 23, 2014
Works great. I just increased amount of lemon juice to offset excessive sweetness. This custard is a superb base for any kind of fruit tart as well.
Sagegreen March 7, 2011
Nice rendition!
yella March 8, 2011
thank you :)
FrancesRen March 7, 2011
love it! I'm making this.
yella March 8, 2011
Thanks, would love to know how it comes out when you do!
luvcookbooks October 28, 2010
Thanks! looks like a key lime pie with lemon juice and meringue on top!
yella October 29, 2010
Yes, its very similar but a bit more tangy in my opinion. Hope you try it!