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Mom's Lemon Custard Pie Recipe

Mom's Lemon Custard Pie Recipe

My mother often made this pie back when we were growing up. You might say it's stood the test of time, because today it's still my 75-year-old brother's favorite! The beaten egg whites give it a delicate texture and make this custard pie quite unique! It's a great way to top off any meal. —Jeannie Fritson, Kearney, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 unbaked pie pastry (9 inches)
  • Whipped cream, lemon and mint, optional


  • 1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter until well blended. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add milk, flour and salt; mix well. Stir in lemon juice and peel; set aside. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; gently fold into lemon mixture.
  • 2. Pour into pie shell. Bake 1 hour or until lightly browned and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool. Garnish with whipped cream, lemon and mint if desired. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 261 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 167mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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thomamp33 User ID: 8850625 270238
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2017

"This is my great grandmother's Lemon Sponge pie recipe...if you want to boost the lemon flavor, increase the amount of lemon zest, and sub the milk with buttermilk. You won't be sorry!"

dfordham User ID: 8951338 257006
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2016

"Yep....this is a "keeper" recipe!!! Glad to see the hint about using 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract in lieu of lemon zest....all the other ingredients I usually have on hand but don't always have a lemon. (BTW...I used bottled lemon juice...we always have that). Love recipes I can thow together and not have to run to the store!"

normajean70 User ID: 8372201 256358
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2016

"After seeing this in the list of pies for the holidays I knew I had to try it, because it sounded like one my Aunt Sara used to make when we visited when I was young, (very young) I'm 71 now. So off to the kitchen I went , and followed it every step of the way. It's cooling now and it smells heavenly in here. Wish I had more lemons and I would have made 2.

It's cooled down to room temp. that's all I need for a small taste, it tastes like I remember. Thank you for whisking time back for me. This goes in my keeper file."

mommayor User ID: 6425768 253249
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2016

"Made this pie for my mom' birthday. She loved it. It was very refreshing. Only thing I changed is instead of lemon zest, I used 1/2 tsp of lemon extract. Delicious!"

NanZim User ID: 3929200 251936
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2016

"My husband enjoyed this tasty pie. It has plenty of lemon flavor."

pickletrish User ID: 8846845 247613
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2016

"Fantastic pie !! I have been making 2 every Friday night for the restaurant and they are sold out by 6:30pm. Thanks for sharing"

jvaliante User ID: 6799366 247609
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2016

"Made this pie a few times, everybody loves it,nice change from plain custard."

rosebake2016 User ID: 4441519 246836
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2016

"this is the absolute pie I have ever made!!! Made for a dinner party and all enjoyed. I am making it again today but only baking for50 miutes!!! Thank you"

MY REVIEW User ID: 2009251 246720
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2016

"My mother used to make something like this, but she put it in custard cups. Will that work with this recipe? Will it have to be baked in a water bath if it's in custard cups? That would work better for me than a pie, but it sounds wonderful either way."

kewellman User ID: 7182281 245462
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2016

"I'm not a huge lemon person, but this was delicious! The curd bottom layer and spongy top layer appears to be how they recipe is intended to turn out, which I thought was fascinating. Food science! I followed the recipe exactly and though the top was quite brown after an hour in the oven, it lightened up in the fridge overnight. Still yummy! Will probably lessen the baking time next time just to achieve a more lemony appearance."

amyveekae User ID: 8763816 243426
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"not sure if I would say a custard tart, but more lemon self saucing pudding pie! a lemon curd type at the bottom half, and almost like a souffl? on the top half! But for all I know I could of done something wrong haha. But that didn't matter anyway, because it tasted AMAZING!! perfect sweet to lemon balance. definitely recommend and definitely will make again!"

saalden User ID: 8530166 232491
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2015

"Perfect in every way!. The best Lemon Custard and so easy to make."

turbosgal1 User ID: 8414818 227882
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2015

"Thank you for sharing this. The recipe is easy to put together and a nice balance of sweet and tart. It was a refreshing end to a heavier luncheon menu. I served it with dollop of whipped cream and fresh blueberries. Will make again (for events or large dinners only so it is not calling my husband and me from the fridge)."

missdc User ID: 5915326 221925
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"This pie is absolutely delicious .....needs only more lemon extract or lemon zest.....a keeper for sure! Also baked for 50 minutes as suggested by others....came out perfect."

2009funnylady User ID: 5396623 72328
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2014

"I followed the recipe exactly except baked for 50 minutes. Turned out perfect. Absolutely delicious"

kathynutt User ID: 7755197 43083
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"I made this on Easter for my husband & I and there wasn't much left. Soo Good!"

mjjkg User ID: 7314986 18060
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2014

"Watch the cooking time. My pie was burnt on top after being in the oven for 50 minutes."

kafaughn User ID: 3552105 45109
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2014


pfromatlanta User ID: 5490397 40717
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2014

"Ooh this was delish. I want to make this again. This recipe should not be confused with lemon meringue or lemon sponge pie - two different things. I used one half of a lemon and it was just enuf. I suppose you could use lemon juice??"

flowernerenergize User ID: 5797905 18022
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013

"There are not enough stars to indicate how good this pie is. And yes; one tablespoon of butter is enough!! This is what pie should taste like. Thank you for the recipe. Highly, highly recommended!"

Nobsy User ID: 6108580 45106
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"Very very good"

dozer77 User ID: 5241414 18764
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

"Wonderful taste and easy to make with ingredients already in the pantry."

supersadie User ID: 7282266 201862
Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"Bizarre recipe. Tablespoon of butter not enough to blend with 1 cup of sugar which in Europe equates to 250g. Similarly when I added the yolks it all went to crumbs. When I added liquid it just went completely to liquid so I had no faith the adding the whites would help. Well, it's all in the oven now so crossing fingers! Did anyone else find this or have I got some volumes wrong. I have to use a conversion table - you guys all have cups the same size as each other?!! ;)"

PTuttle User ID: 3628184 15600
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"I love this recipe! I made it twice in one week to use up Meyer lemons from a very productive tree in our back yard. If you can get them, Meyer lemons have a thinner skin and are very juicy and a little less tart than the ususal supermarket lemons. We got tired of lemon bars, lemon pound cake, and standard lemon meringue pie, so I decided to try this recipe. The first time I overbaked it a little and it came out a little firmer than it looks in the picture, but it was still good. I used Marie Callendar's frozen pie crusts becuse they are more rich and flaky than some other brands."

marci Mayer User ID: 6827914 36910
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2012

"This was very yummy, i substituted greek yogurt for milk. The lemon custard was creamy and delish!"

dverzic User ID: 762717 18021
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"This was pretty good for my first attempt at pie making. After I took it out of the oven and it started to cool the filling pulled away from the edges of the crust. Not sure why. I might or might not make it again simply because it was a little more work than I thought it would be. Tasted good though."

freshwell User ID: 5889815 201861
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"I love lemon so I had to make it. I had another call for my time on my "pie" afternoon. To speed up the recipe I used 4 eggs but did not separate them, just beat to pale yellow. I also used Sour cream instead of milk. YUMM!! This recipe is in my special folder of "Must Make Again Recipes.""

MY REVIEW User ID: 77962 45103
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"Very easy, economical and citrus-y. I substituted lime for the lemon. The filling separates into 2 layers, an upper fluffy layer and a lower custardy layer. You can see this slightly in the photo. I cut the sugar in 1/2 and it was still good."

mojocharlie User ID: 5299088 15599
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"This was so easy to make and came out with a light lemon flavor,very good."

anmornay User ID: 4994008 72327
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"I made this pie for my niece's birthday as an extra dessert and everyone who had a slice loved it. I really enjoyed the flavour. Would make again and again. I love lemon"

scorpdelght29 User ID: 2763256 14429
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"I made this pie over the weekend, it was super easy, with a wonderful aroma and it was a sight to see coming out of the oven. My family loved it! I have added this to my pie collection! Thanks.."

globug2 User ID: 6321464 15597
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"One of those "Melt in your mouth" recipes!"

cwjudyjr User ID: 1022811 36694
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"This is almost the same recipe my Grandmother made. She was from southern Virginia and they called it Lemon Meringue. It is my favorite, regardless of what it is called!"

AprylSpryng User ID: 1477012 72310
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"This pie was fantastic! I made it for a bible study that meets at our house and had rave reviews! Even my husband who isn't a big fan of lemon liked it! We served it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream."

kitchenmaid User ID: 62335 18763
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"I loved this pie....I grew up eating this kind of pie.. I did not change a thing.....excellent."

scteishe User ID: 4937093 36662
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"I believe this is what we in PA Dutch Country call a Lemon Sponge pie!"

Kayla Sue User ID: 1933498 17391
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"It was devoured by the whole family, even the kids liked it (and I thought most kids weren't into lemon..which shows this isn't too lemony). :)"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1152827 14357
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"Link to Vodka pie Crust"

charlenepaugustyn User ID: 3862805 41929
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"Would EffieinAK, share her recipe for Vodka pie crust? Did a search & did not come up with a recipe. Thanks"

msggiesss User ID: 4834633 14356
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"Can you use bottltd lemon juice?"

EffieinAK User ID: 6094414 43078
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2011

"Delish! Light lemon taste & wonderful texture! I am really not a fan of lemon anything & now I am making this pie again! You WILL convert non-lemonheads with this recipe! Use the VODKA pie crust!"

HYMNGIRL User ID: 811853 36660
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

"easy, light, great lemon taste; not too strong. The batter is very runny so a good quality hand mixer with a low speed would work best. My KitchenAid has only 3 speeds so that batter splattered all over."

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