Meringue Apple Pie

Meringue Apple Pie combines the classic, comforting flavors of traditional apple pie with the light, airy texture of a meringue topping. This delightful dessert is perfect for special occasions or a cozy family dinner, offering a unique twist on an old favorite. The sweet, tart apples and the crisp, golden meringue create a harmonious blend of flavors and textures that will leave everyone asking for seconds.


For the Pie Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups (160g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 2-4 tablespoons ice water

For the Apple Filling:

  • 6 cups (about 6-7 medium) apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Meringue Topping:

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional Additions:

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (for the apple filling)
  • 1/4 cup (30g) chopped nuts (such as walnuts or pecans) to sprinkle over the apples before baking


1. Prepare the Pie Crust:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  • Add the cold, cubed butter and cut it into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Gradually add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together when pressed.
  • Form the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Prepare the Apple Filling:

  • In a large bowl, combine the sliced apples, granulated sugar, flour, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Toss to coat the apples evenly.

3. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

4. Roll Out the Dough:

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to fit a 9-inch pie dish.
  • Transfer the dough to the pie dish, trim any excess overhang, and crimp the edges as desired.

5. Assemble the Pie:

  • Pour the apple filling into the prepared pie crust, spreading it out evenly.
  • Cover the pie with aluminum foil to prevent the crust from over-browning.

6. Bake the Pie:

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown.
  • Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool slightly while you prepare the meringue.

7. Prepare the Meringue Topping:

  • In a clean, dry bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form.
  • Gradually add the granulated sugar, one tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form.
  • Beat in the vanilla extract.

8. Top the Pie with Meringue:

  • Spread the meringue over the warm apple pie filling, sealing it to the edges of the crust to prevent shrinking.
  • Use a spatula to create peaks and swirls in the meringue for a decorative effect.

9. Bake the Meringue:

  • Return the pie to the oven and bake at 375°F (190°C) for 8-10 minutes, or until the meringue is golden brown.

10. Serve:

  • Allow the pie to cool to room temperature before slicing and serving.

Tips for Success:

  • Ensure the egg whites are at room temperature for the best meringue volume.
  • Be careful not to overbake the meringue to avoid it becoming too dry or cracking.
  • Use a mix of tart and sweet apples for a balanced flavor in the filling.

Nutritional Information:
(Nutritional values may vary depending on specific ingredients and portion sizes.)

  • Serving Size: 1 slice (assuming 8 servings)
  • Calories: Approximately 300-350
  • Total Fat: Approximately 10-12g
  • Saturated Fat: Approximately 6-8g
  • Cholesterol: Approximately 30-40mg
  • Sodium: Approximately 150-200mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: Approximately 50-55g
  • Dietary Fiber: Approximately 2-3g
  • Sugars: Approximately 30-35g
  • Protein: Approximately 3-4g

Meringue Apple Pie is a delightful twist on a classic dessert. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra indulgent treat. This pie is perfect for holidays, family gatherings, or any time you want to impress with a beautiful and delicious homemade dessert. Enjoy!

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