Orange Meringue Pie- Project Vintage Recipes August recipe

I have been looking for an excuse to blog one of my absolute favorite splurge treats, Orange Meringue Pie.  It’s as marvelous as it sounds and NOT a diet recipe.  When I was thumbing through my great grandmother’s cookbook to find a vintage feature of the month, I saw a recipe for Orange Pie.  It’s a bit different than the one that I usually make, but I put a twist on this version and brought it up to the twenty-first century.  I used her recipe as a base and made some changes.  It turned out scrumptious.  It’s no secret that I have a sweet tooth, just look at how many “healthier” dessert recipes are on my site.  I know that sugar is one of the worst things in our diet.  However, I have to splurge in moderation or I would go nutty!    I hope you enjoy this treat.  If you love lemon meringue, you will love this twist on a traditional favorite.  Enjoy~

Orange Meringue Pie

The original recipe from Table, Home and Health circa 1892

For the pie crust:
1 baked pie crust (per package directions) or your own homemade pie crust.  I love the Wholly Wholesome pie crusts from Whole Foods!

For the filling:
1 1/3 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (Simply Orange brand oj works great here, too)
zest of one whole orange
4 tbsp tapioca starch
1 tbsp white wheat flour
2 tbsp butter
3 egg yolks
1 cup organic sugar

For the meringue:
3 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
5 tbsp organic sugar

Directions:
Pre-bake your pie crust according to package directions.  For healthier crust, make it from scratch or buy a version like the one from Whole Foods.  When done, set aside to cool.

Zest one whole orange with a microplane or zester:

Separate your egg yolks from the egg whites.

Mix the flour, tapioca starch and sugar in a saucepan.  Add orange zest and orange juice slowly, while stirring, over medium heat.  Stir until thickened and boil for one minute.

Mix a half a cup of the boiling mixture and add to your egg yolks, stirring very quickly with a whisk so your eggs don’t curdle.

Add your yolk mixture back into the pot with the sugar mixture.  Boil one more minute over medium heat, stirring constantly.  It should be fairly thick and start to cling to the whisk.
Stir in butter until melted and then pour into your pre-baked pie shell.  Set aside.
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a mixer on high speed until frothy.  Slowly add sugar until meringue is thick and glossy.  It should be thick like this:
Spread meringue over pie and bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  This pie is delicious warm or chill several hours and serve cold.

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