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Frozen Pumpkin Meringue Pie

Servings 8 -10 servings
Author Dorothy Kern

Ingredients

For the Pie

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust I like Pillsbury
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree from a can (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 and 1/2 containers Cool Whip Topping about 12 ounces

For the Meringue

  • 4 egg whites about 1/2 cup or 4 3/8 ounces
  • 1 and 1/4 cups + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar about 8 3/4 ounces

Instructions

Make the Pie

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Unroll your pie crust and lay it in a 9” pie plate. Poke the bottom of the pie several times with the tines of a fork, so it won’t bubble during baking. Bake for about 17-19 minutes, until golden. Cool completely before filling.
  • Whisk sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl. Gently fold in cool whip. Pour into cooled pie shell. Freeze until hardened, at least four hours, but overnight is better.

Make the Meringue

  • Fill a saucepan with about 2-3 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Find a bowl that will fit on top of the pan without touching the water. (I like to use a glass bowl over a 2 Qt. saucepan.)
  • Whisk the egg whites and the sugar in the bowl. Place it over the boiling water and whisk until the mixture reaches 120-160º. This takes just a few minutes. You can use a candy thermometer if you have one, or even a (clean) meat thermometer.
  • Once it comes to temperature (I let mine come to 140º), transfer the mixture to a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat at speed 4-6 for until stiff peaks form, about five minutes depending on your mixer. Your meringue is now ready!
  • You can top your pie just before serving, but you can also top it and refreeze the pie until ready to use. There are two ways to put the meringue on your pie. First, you can just spread it on. Second, for a prettier look, place the meringue in a pastry bag fitted with a 1M tip. Pipe swirls all over the pie. There is just enough meringue to cover the top of the pie in one layer.
  • Use a kitchen blowtorch to lightly brown the tops of the meringue. Or, you can place the pie under the broiler for just a few seconds - do NOT walk away from the stove!
  • It’s easiest to slice frozen, but it tastes best after the slices sit at room temperature for a few minutes.