Classic Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe
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Classic Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

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This is the one and only lemon meringue pie recipe you'll ever need. The flaky and tender from-scratch crust is worth the effort. —Lee Bremson, Kansas City, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • MERINGUE:
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 444 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 282 mg sodium, 68 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add 3 tablespoons cold water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball.
  2. Roll out pastry to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges. Bake at 425° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. For filling, in a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, flour and salt. Gradually stir in water until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  4. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in butter and lemon peel. Gradually stir in lemon juice just until combined. Pour into the crust.
  5. For meringue, in a saucepan, combine 2 tablespoons sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in cold water. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is clear. Transfer to a bowl; cool.
  6. In a large bowl, beat egg whites and vanilla until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat in cornstarch mixture on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Spread evenly over hot filling, sealing edges to crust.
  7. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until the meringue is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Classic Lemon Meringue Pie in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2007, p160

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 444 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 282 mg sodium, 68 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

Reviews for Classic Lemon Meringue Pie

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Reviewed Aug. 19, 2014

A great recipe just like my mom used to make

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

I made this with a gluten free crust and used a gluten free pre-mixed flour blend in the filling. The family went for seconds! I do have to practice the meringue, the first time I added the cornstarch mixture it turned to a liquid. Not sure what I was doing wrong. I ended up making the meringue as I normally would (I will add cream of tarter next time as well) and drizzled the cornstarch mixture over top of the pie. Overall, delicious and simple to make.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2012

This is the BEST lemon meringue pie I've ever had!!!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

Very good! Made for Thanksgiving. I had never made a lemon meringue pie before and this one was surprisingly easy. Because I had already made a couple of pies and was home-made-pie-crusted out, I used a store bought crust for this, which was still good. The only thing is that I couldn't get my meringue to make the high peaks I wanted, but it peaked nonetheless. The pie was a hit with all. Will definitely make it again.

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Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

I made this for Thanksgiving. The filling and meringe set up well and everyone loved it.

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