Quest for THE Lemon Meringue Pie
November 19, 2023 2:22 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for the perfect Lemon Meringue Pie I once had

A while ago, I had what I considered the perfect Lemon Meringue Pie. I was at a diner in Smithtown NY (Paradise), the pie had thin sponge cake as a crust, and a thin layer of sponge cake between the filling and the meringue.

I asked the manager if they made them, she told me no, they got their pies from a bakery in Brooklyn. I asked who they were, she said she was too busy to look it up, call her later. I tried a few times without any luck, now the diner is out of business (COVID victims)

Does this sound familiar to anyone?
posted by Marky to Food & Drink (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Try looking at recipes for lemon meringue tiramisu. I've had that before and it was amazing and sounds kind of like what you're describing.
posted by erst at 3:40 PM on November 19 [2 favorites]

America's Test Kitchen has a lemon meringue recipe. The crust is either pastry or graham cracker, but I believe there's a layer of sponge cake crumbs between the meringue and the filling.
posted by mareliz at 2:14 PM on November 21

Also there's this recipe for lemon meringue cake, which sounds close to what you want:
posted by mareliz at 2:17 PM on November 21

I'm wondering if you had something like Lemon Sponge Pie, just with meringue added on top after the fact. Though this particular version has a pie crust bottom, it does have a sponge crust top, and it'd be easy to pipe meringue on after the fact and go at it with a blowtorch to finish.
posted by Pandora Kouti at 7:21 PM on November 22

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