Grandma's Lemon Pie Recipe
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Grandma's Lemon Pie Recipe

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This recipe comes from my Grandma Mapel, a true country woman from Iowa. Growing up to me meant going to Grandma's house on the farm and eating the best food ever. Her lemon pie is tops!
Recommended: Grandma's Best Suppers
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


  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 6 tablespoons sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 378 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 186mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir for 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir 1 cup of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to pan stirring constantly.
  2. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir in butter. Gently stir in lemon juice, vinegar and extract. Pour hot filling into pastry shell.
  3. For meringue, combine water and cornstarch in a saucepan until smooth. Cook and stir until thickened and clear, about 2 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the egg whites, vanilla and salt on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Gradually add cornstarch mixture, beating well on high. Immediately spread evenly over hot filling, sealing edges to crust
  5. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until 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 Grandma's Lemon Pie in Country June/July 1998, p51

Sweet White Wine

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

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cskrn User ID: 7338987 240224
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2015

"This was very good. What is the purpose of the vinegar? I skipped it and the pie turned out good."

newgrandma User ID: 1077052 202718
Reviewed May. 14, 2014

"i will give the meringue 10 stars!!! i have looked for 45 years for the secret ingredient to a good meringue - one that would not weep and separate - and this is it! i will use this recipe from now on. Thank you!"

[email protected] User ID: 1348972 22658
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

"The lemon filling was wonderful! I followed the recipe exactly for the meringue and it turned out "soupy". I will try another meringue topping recipe in the future."

kissankello User ID: 7203460 51618
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"It´s just lovely"

Hunsey User ID: 7148369 23867
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"It is the best lemon pie I've had. Meringue stays nice for a couple of days. Filling has nice lemon tang."

Debann507 User ID: 7062299 23866
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"The lemon filling was great but the topping came out flat and very good. I will use the filling again but use a different recipe for the maringue."

BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 28848
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2011

"The lemon filling is excellent! I didn't have lemon extract, so I just used about 5 teaspoons of lemon zest which worked just fine. However, the meringue was kind of strange for me. It was too liquidy or something, and after it was baked it was still a wet foam. I thought that was very strange. But the filling was so good, I'll still give it 4 stars."

creamofthecook User ID: 5945026 17454
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"I made my own crust for this pie. The time and effort to make this gem are well worth it. No weeping and it cut in slices very well. A keeper for sure. This was the main event on Easter Sunday. He is Risen!"

Tom1234 User ID: 5046863 49433
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2010

"The best Lemon pie I have ever had the pleasure to taste. My friends and family will enjoy this pie forever. YUMMMMMM!"

carolynstowers User ID: 4001197 28846
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2010

"Thank you Grandma Mapel. The best lemon pie I have every baked. My husband is not a lemon pie fan, but he loved this pie. The meringue I doubled the recipe and still came out very very good. I will make again many times."

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