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CLASSIC: Lemon meringue pie. (Glenn Koenig, Los Angeles Times)

Dear SOS: I had the best lemon meringue pie at Nick & Stef's in downtown L.A. and wondered if you might be able to get the recipe. The lemon filling had something other than the standard pudding mixture, and the meringue tasted more like marshmallow cream and was about 3 inches high. Unbelievably good.

Kris Drummond

Los Angeles

Dear Kris: This isn't your standard lemon meringue pie. The crust is a sweet dough that also incorporates a hint of almond flour, the filling is a rich lemon curd and the billowy topping is an Italian meringue that makes you want to dive into it.

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Nick & Stef's lemon meringue pie

Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes plus chilling time

Servings: 8 to 10

Note: Adapted from a Nick & Stef's recipe. The dough makes enough for two pies. Half of the dough can be frozen, tightly wrapped, for up to 6 months. Gelatin sheets are available at Surfas in Culver City and baking supply stores.

Sweet dough

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar

1 egg yolk

1 whole egg

1/3 cup almond flour

3 1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1. Cream the butter and sugar together in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until it has a creamy consistency. Alternatively, cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl using a hand mixer. With the mixer on, add the egg yolk until it is incorporated, then add the egg and incorporate completely.

2. In a separate bowl, sift together the almond flour, flour and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl slowly and continue mixing until the dough is thoroughly combined. The dough should be slightly sticky but not wet. If the dough is too dry and crumbly, add up to 1 tablespoon of water to moisten the dough.