Henri’s Apple Meringue Pie - French

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 5m
Ready In

"This recipe is a Hubert Keller (one of my favorite chef's) family favorite. (French recipe). I love anything apple and this absolutely has amazing characteristic to produce a great pie tart."

Original recipe yields 9 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (244.7 g)
  • Calories 549.2
  • Total Fat - 21.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 77.9 mg
  • Sodium - 298.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 82.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.5 g
  • Sugars - 57.5 g
  • Protein - 9.2 g
  • Calcium - 82.4 mg
  • Iron - 1.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 3.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Step 2

Grease a 9" pie or tart pan with the melted butter.

(NOTE: This recipe works best in a pie pan that has fairly straight sides or in a tart pan.)

Step 3

Roll out the pie dough on a well floured surface until it is about 12" inches in diameter. Transfer the dough to the greased pie pan, and gently press it down into the bottom and sides of the pan.

Step 4

Trim the dough even with the edge of the pan, leaving a 3/4“ overhang. Fold the overhang back over the top to create a double-layered, stand-up rim. Crimp the edges by using your thumb and forefinger to hold a section of the rim about 1” wide, then using the forefinger of your second hand, indent the section to create a small peak. Continue doing this around the entire pie. (This will prevent the pie crust from collapsing in the oven). Using a fork, poke holes on the bottom and sides of the pie dough. For ideal results, allow the dough to rest at this stage for 30 minutes.

Step 5

Peel, core and quarter the apples. On the back of each apple piece make 8-10 diagonal lines in each direction with a small knife, forming a grid or diamond shapes on the back of the wedge. Place the apple wedges in the pie shell, back side up and slightly overlapping.

Step 6

Bake pie dough with apples for 15-18 minutes, until apples are soft enough that a knife can go in easily.

Step 7

In medium mixing bowl, combine sugar, cornstarch, eggs, vanilla, half and half and calvados. Whisk until well blended and pour mixtures over apples in the pie shell.

Step 8

Return pie to oven and bake 20-25 minutes until the filling has set and is no longer runny. Remove from oven and set aside so it can cool to room temperature.

Step 9

To make the meringue:

Step 10

Fill a small to medium saucepan half way with water and bring to a simmer.

Step 11

In a stainless steel bowl that fits over the saucepan, combine egg whites and sugar. Place the bowl over the simmering water and whisk constantly for approximately 3 minutes, or until the eggs are slightly thick and foamy.

Step 12

Add the sliced almonds and whisk over simmering water for 3 more minutes, or until the mixture is creamy and glossy. Try not to break the almonds with your whisk.

Step 13

Pour the meringue mixture and spread evenly over the top of the cooled pie, completely covering the custard.

Step 14

Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until the meringue takes on a nice golden color.

Step 15

Remove from oven and dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Step 16

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Tips & Variations

  • Tart pan (This recipe works best in a pie pan that has fairly straight sides or in a tart pan.)

Tags : Desserts



Wow, wow, wow. What a wonderful special occasion pie. I made it yesterday for dessert with friends... so good. It is not a quick pie to make, but it is certainly worth the time and effort. It looked amazing before I cut it... the cut pieces didn't look so great, but they tasted awesome. Love the soft delicate flavor the apples take on when prepared this way, tender and delicious. The custard was perfect and the meringue was soft,tall, pillowy and delicious. Thank you for sharing a recipe that we will enjoy again. Made FYC tag game.

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(26 Oct 2017)