Vinegar Pie

Despite its name, this is a good, sweet pie.
  • 2 eggs, separated, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 baked 9-inch piecrust
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a heavy saucepan, combine the egg yolks, butter, 1 cup of the sugar and cornstarch. Stir in the boiling water and vinegar. Cook over low-medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Stir in lemon juice. Pour filling into baked 9-inch piecrust.

Beat the egg whites until foamy. Continue beating, gradually adding the 2 tablespoons sugar, cream of tartar and vanilla, until stiff peaks form.

Spread meringue over hot filling, sealing to edges. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until meringue is lightly browned.

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Note: To minimize "weeping," spread the meringue on the pie filling while the filling is hot. Also, meringue pies cut better with a wet knife blade.

Note: Here are links to our piecrust recipes. Either standard or butter pastry is right for this pie.
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