Classic Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

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Classic Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe
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Classic Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

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4.5 20 21
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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
MAKES:
6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:
6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

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

Directions

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. 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.
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in remaining cold water until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 1 minute or until mixture is thickened and clear. Remove from the heat; set aside to cool.
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.
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.
In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites and vanilla on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high. Beat in reserved cornstarch mixture on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Spread evenly over hot filling, sealing edges to crust.
Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until meringue is golden. 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 piece: 444 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 282mg sodium, 68g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup cold water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 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, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • MERINGUE:
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  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. 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.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in remaining cold water until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 1 minute or until mixture is thickened and clear. Remove from the heat; set aside to cool.
  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. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites and vanilla on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high. Beat in reserved cornstarch mixture on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Spread evenly over hot filling, sealing edges to crust.
  6. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until meringue is golden. 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

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kckamargo63 User ID: 7981779 269896
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2017

"My son loves lemon meringue pie and he really loved this recipe."

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muffbear74 User ID: 209131 269848
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2017

"A bit too sweet for my tastes, and I would prefer less meringue and more filling, but those are my personal preferences. Gotvrave reviews at the picnic I attended."

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Debbie User ID: 9143533 264690
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2017

"I did not use the pastry crust included with this recipe so no comment on that. The filling was a bit heavy handed on the thickening agents so I added another 1/2 cup of lemon juice and a bit of lemon oil instead of zest. The resulting flavor was bright and lemony. The meringue was just right when prepared as directed.No moisture or weeping after several hours."

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Juicybooboon User ID: 8018964 263487
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2017

"How come no one uses Meyers lemons? That is how a real Lemon Meringue is made!!! Delish!"

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MariahL User ID: 6035998 239894
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"I piled the meringue on for a "mile high meringue" instead of "spreading evenly". Turned out great!"

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Michelle J. Zimmerman User ID: 1351552 228382
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"I made this pie for a friend's retirement party. It was a huge hit. The use of fresh lemons for the jiuce and zest made this pie outstanding. I had to immediately make another for my family."

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ebramkamp User ID: 702841 224475
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"Lemon meringue pie is one of my favorites and this recipe lives up to the quintessential tart yet sweet flavor combination lemon meringue pie should be. It's fabulous."

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LeslieH User ID: 191346 224212
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

"I can not review the crust as I used the one that I make all of the time, but we loved the filling and the meringue. I used a scant 11/4 cup sugar so it was quite tart as that is how we like it and it was great. The amount and taste the meringue was lovely. It made a nice high meringue. I think I would make an extra half batch of filling for my family as we really love the lemony part. An excellent recipe, Lee! Thank you."

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GIORGIA83 User ID: 8308183 223558
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2015

"QUALCUNO POTREBBE TRADURMI ALMENO LE DOSI DEGLI INGREDIENTI IN ITALIANO??? PLEASEEEEE"

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oldyellowflower User ID: 8178342 215673
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"easy and crust turned out goodvery pretty"

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