1 1/2 Cups sugar
1/2 Cup cornstarch
1/8 Teaspoon salt
4 Egg yolks
1 3/4 Cups water
1/2 Cup lemon juice
3 Tablespoons butter
1 Teaspoon grated lemon rind (zest)
Combine first 3 ingredients in large heavy saucepan. Set sugar mixture aside. Combine egg yolks, water and juice. Stir in sugar mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and lemon rind. Spoon into pastry shell. Spread meringue over hot filling, sealing to edge of pastry. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 to 28 minutes.
(This pie is very firm with a bright yellow color. If your prefer less firm pie with more translucent color, substitute 1/3 cup cornstarch for 1/2 cup cornstarch and cook as directed.)
This is the old fashioned apple pie, with a fabulous crust! The apples are just the right tartness, and again, the crust is why I eat the pie... It is outstanding!!!