BLUEBERRY MERINGUE PIE

blueberryMeringuePie

Makes 1 (9-inch) pie

Lemon may be the most popular curd, but we are in love with this sweet, tart and gorgeously hued blueberry version.

1 (9-inch) prepared piecrust, baked and cooled (see our recipe at EdibleTulsa.com)
1½ pounds blueberries, fresh or frozen (about 5 cups)
1¾ cup sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
½ teaspoon salt
3 large egg yolks plus 4 large egg whites
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Purée blueberries in a blender or food processor until smooth—strain the juice through a fine-mesh strainer to equal 2 cups; add a little water if necessary. Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Whisk in the blueberry juice; bring to a boil in a medium saucepan, whisking. Cook for 1 minute.

Place yolks in a bowl; gradually whisk in half of hot juice mixture. Return to pan. Cook over medium heat, whisking, until thick, about 1 minute. Whisk in butter. Pour into cooled pie shell and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours or overnight.

Preheat broiler with rack about 8 inches from heat source. Heat egg whites and remaining ¾ cup sugar in a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, whisking, until sugar dissolves and mixture is hot (160°), about 2 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of a mixer. Whisk on high speed until medium peaks form. Dollop the meringue onto the chilled pie. Broil until lightly browned, 30 to 40 seconds.

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