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Lemon Pie in Meringue Shell Recipe

Lemon Pie in Meringue Shell Recipe

A delicious and different dessert, this lemon pie is a part of all our family's special occasions. Typically, I prepare it the day before and refrigerate overnight. Still, its sunny yellow filling and creamy topping make me want to dive right in.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped


  • 1. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Spread onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9-in. pie plate. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a large saucepan, combine the egg yolks, lemon juice and peel, salt and remaining sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture reaches 160° or is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature without stirring.
  • 3. Fold half of the whipped cream into lemon filling; spread into meringue shell. Top with remaining whipped cream. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 286 calories, 14 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 147 mg cholesterol, 73 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.

Reviews for Lemon Pie in Meringue Shell

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Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"Going to have to find a better way to thicken the filling. I have made pies for 45 yrs., and like many ot the others, couldn't get it to thicken properly. Good taste, but just too runny."

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"This is wonderful. What agreat twist, and no heavy crust"

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2008

"absolutly delis !!I sent and gave a copy to my family and friends.Elli"

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2008

"absolutly delis !! I sent and gave a copy to all my family and friends. Elli"

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2008

"How much sugar are you supposed to add to which part?"

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2008

"I'm always looking for flourless recipe because I can't eat wheat. This one is great!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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