Tasty Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe
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Tasty Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

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The recipe for this yummy lemon pie comes from my grandmother. It's a lovely, special dessert that feels like "home."—Merle Dyck, Elkford, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches), baked

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 246 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (23g sugars, trace fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in water until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  2. Remove from the heat. Gradually stir 1 cup hot filling into egg yolks; return all to the pan. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in lemon juice, peel and butter until butter is melted. Set aside and keep warm.
  3. For meringue, in a small bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved.
  4. Pour filling into crust. Spread meringue over hot filling, sealing edges to crust. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until meringue is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour; refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Meringue Pie in Taste of Home December/January 2008, p34

Sweet White Wine

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

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Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"Intense cooking process, but worth the effort! It set up nicely and tasted good - just like a lemon meringue pie should."

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"Eliska, you can make your own crust recipe, or they make refrigerated crust doughs as well. You can usually find those in tubes near the tubes of biscuits and crescent rolls. Most come with 2 sets of dough in case you are making a pie that has a crust on top as well as on bottom. Hope this helps."

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"I would really like to try this recipe. But I don't really understand how I am supposed to make the crust. Can somebody please help me? Thank you"

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"The reason I tried this recipe was because it didn't have a lot of sugar like most other lemon pies I tried this recipe at least 4 times thinking it was just something I was doing wrong each & every time it would not set up, always runny. I even talked with taste of home specialists & they agreed not enough sugar to the water it calls for. very disappointed. good taste, not too sweet, but just won't set up.."

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"This recipe does NOT call for enough thickener, egg yolks and calls for 1/2 cup too much water...which means it does not thicken properly. What a waste of time!! Now I have to start all over again"

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