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Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

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I think of my grandmother every time I make this pie...it's a recipe she made often. Because of my husband's engineering job, we've lived in several states, and I've shared this recipe with lots of friends I've made over the years.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Dash salt
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
  • MERINGUE:
  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 382 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 172mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 0g fiber), 3g protein .

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in water. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 additional minutes. Gradually stir in 1 cup of hot filling to egg yolks; return to saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in butter, lemon juice and peel. Pour hot filling into pastry shell.
  2. For meringue, beat egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar in a bowl at medium speed until soft peaks form. Add sugar gradually, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff and glossy. Immediately spread over pie, sealing edges to pastry.
  3. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until meringue is golden. Cool. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Meringue Pie in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p78

Sweet White Wine

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


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Raneelia User ID: 8469111 236095
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"It does not give directions on how to make crust or if you even bake a crust first Other than that sounds good"

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becky66 User ID: 1915904 17504
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2014

"This is the best lemon meringue pie recipe I've ever used. The lemon flavor in the filling was just right, and also wasn't too sweet. The finished pie with the baked meringue was really beautiful. This is a keeper."

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GBSailor User ID: 6791074 202151
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"Did not come out very good. The lemon filling was very thick. Could be the 6 Tbs of cornstarch is way too much. Might try again with less cornstarch."

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ambercastelli User ID: 6320169 15198
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"everyone loved it. Came out great"

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Tennessee Momm User ID: 4848549 48305
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"Wonderful recipe! My husband's favorite pie is lemon meringue. I have made quite a few versions but this one is a winner for "keepers"!"

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marebare1956 User ID: 3413668 20738
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

"This pie tasted good and the merigue turned out beautifully but when I cut into it, it has all this moisture causing the crust to get soggy. Maybe I should have let the filling cool more before I put the merigue on. Any suggestions? I will probably try this again just to see what the results are the 2nd time before I am too quick to judge."

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julabug2001 User ID: 596883 48304
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2010

"I have never made lemon meringue pie before and was very nervous. The recipe was easy to follow and the pie turned out great!!!"

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Darlene Gilbert User ID: 3738383 48299
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2009

"This was an awesome recipe, it was my first time trying to make lemon meringue from scratch rather than a box and this recipe will definatley be used over and over!! Thank you....I had a hard time with the meringue it took me a couple of takes to get it just right!!"

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Nancy_MI User ID: 1691016 45488
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2008

"This looks like the same recipe my grandmother used. Just in the last couple of times I have used this recipe though the custard comes out perfect until I put it in the oven to bake the meringue. Then the filling goes runny. Any suggestions for what I am doing wrong?"

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Nancy_MI User ID: 1691016 17503
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2008

"This looks like the same recipe my grandmother used. Just in the last couple of times I have used this recipe though the custart comes out perfect until I put it in the oven to bake the meringue. Then the filling goes runny. Any suggestions for what I am doing wrong?"

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