Unique Apple Meringue Pie with Greek Yogurt

Embark on a culinary adventure with our reimagined apple pie, a dessert that marries the classic comfort of apple with the sophisticated layers of Greek yogurt and a light, airy meringue. This recipe offers a twist on the traditional, introducing a creamy filling that contrasts beautifully with the tartness of the apples and the sweetness of the meringue. Perfect for those who love to explore new textures and flavors in their baking, this pie promises to be a delightful journey for the palate.

From its buttery, flaky crust to its rich, velvety yogurt layer, topped with a golden-brown meringue that melts in your mouth, every bite is a testament to the joy of baking and the endless possibilities it holds. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or new to the kitchen, this unique apple meringue pie with Greek yogurt is designed to inspire and impress.

Ingredients Needed:

Dough Components:

  • 3 yolks from large eggs
  • A small dash of salt
  • 80 grams of confectioners’ sugar (about 6 tablespoons)
  • 80 grams of butter, melted (equivalent to one standard stick)
  • A teaspoon of pure vanilla essence
  • 200 grams of all-purpose flour
  • A teaspoon of leavening agent (baking powder)

Apple Mixture:

  • 3 large apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 40 grams of white sugar (approximately 2.5 tablespoons)
  • 5 grams of cornflour (around half a tablespoon)
  • The juice from one freshly squeezed lemon

Creamy Meringue Layer:

  • 500 grams of thick Greek yogurt
  • The whites of 3 large eggs
  • 50 grams of cornflour (4 tablespoons)
  • A teaspoon of vanilla essence for flavor
  • A tiny pinch of salt for balance
  • 130 grams of granulated sugar (close to 0.7 cups)

Preparation Steps:

  1. Oven Setup:
    • Start by heating your oven to a cozy 180°C (356°F).
  2. Dough Crafting:
    • Whisk together 3 egg yolks, a pinch of salt, and 80 grams of powdered sugar until smooth.
    • Blend in 80 grams of liquid butter and a teaspoon of vanilla for aroma.
    • Gently fold in 200 grams of flour and a teaspoon of baking powder to form your dough. Separate one-third of this dough and freeze it for later use.
  3. Apple Filling Creation:
    • Toss the diced apples with lemon juice, 40 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of corn starch until well-coated.
    • Lightly caramelize this apple mix in a skillet until it turns a golden hue.
  4. Pie Assembly:
    • Press the dough evenly into a 20cm pie tin, creating a base and sides.
    • Layer the golden apple mix over this base, smoothing out the top.
  5. Creamy Meringue Mixture:
    • Combine 500 grams of Greek yogurt with 50 grams of cornflour and a teaspoon of vanilla, mixing thoroughly.
    • In a clean bowl, whip 3 egg whites with a pinch of salt until frothy, then gradually add 130 grams of sugar until you achieve stiff peaks.
    • Fold the whipped whites gently into the yogurt mix.
  6. Final Touches and Baking:
    • Spoon the meringue over the apples, spreading it evenly.
    • Grate the frozen dough over the meringue layer.
    • Bake for 40 minutes at 180°C until the pie boasts a dark golden crust.
  7. Serving Suggestion:
    • Allow the pie to cool slightly before dusting with powdered sugar for a sweet finish.

This reimagined recipe maintains the integrity of the original while offering a fresh presentation. Enjoy crafting this delightful dessert that marries the tartness of apples with the creamy sweetness of meringue and yogurt.

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