This is a favorite family recipe, and has been very popular every time I've taken it somewhere so I thought I would share the recipe:-)
1 package (1-lb 2.25-oz) pudding-included yellow cake mix
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 3/4 cups water
4 eggs yolks, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/2 cup lemon juice
4 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13 x 9-inch pan. In large bowl, combine cake mix, 1/2 cup margarine and egg; mix at low speed until crumbly. Press mixture in bottom of greased pan.
In medium saucepan, combine 1 1/3 cups sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually stir in water; blend until smooth. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir about 1/2 cup of hot mixture into egg yolks; return egg mixture to saucepan. Cook until mixture is bubbly. (Mixture will be very thick.) Remove from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons margarine, and lemon juice. Pour filling over crust.
In small bowl, beat egg whites at medium speed until soft peaks form, about 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, beating at high speed until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Spread meringue over hot filling. Bake at 350°F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until meringue is golden brown. Cool 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Cut into squares. Enjoy:-)
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