|Good ol' Betty Crocker!|
I'm assuming that any topping/filling that doesn't require baking could be used to make an angel pie, but the recipe does specifically call for a lemon curd filling. Perhaps I am committing meringue blasphemy by filling it with berries, but I think it is worth the risk.
The one problem I encountered was that the meringue stuck to the pie pan.* I think next time I will just mound the meringue onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and form a higher ridge around the edge to form the "bowl" shape, like the heart-shaped one in the recipe photo. I think that would make serving it a lot easier and a lot less messy.
*Incidentally, I just noticed that the recipe calls for a 9" round layer pan instead of a pie dish. I must have read this recipe 25 times and I missed that every time.
Angel Pie (Printable recipe)
Adapted from Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book (1950)
- 3 egg whites
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 275F. Line a 9" round cake pan or a baking sheet with parchment paper. Beat egg whites until stiff (holds a point). Gradually beat in 1/2 cup sugar, then beat in remaining sugar, alternating with lemon juice. Continue beating until very stiff and glossy. Spoon the meringue into the pie dish or onto the baking sheet into desired shape. Bake until delicately browned and crusty, 60 minutes for one large meringue or 40 minutes for smaller, individual meringues. Cool completely.Fill with whipped cream or ice cream and fruit or pre-cooked filling of your choice, such as lemon curd.