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World’s Best Lemon Pie

"MOTHER'S PIES were always so wonderful, with tender, flaky crusts. Through the year we enjoyed berry and apple pies, but in summer the order of the day was lemon meringue—so light and refreshing!"
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  • In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, flour and salt. Gradually stir in water. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat. Gradually stir 1 cup of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to saucepan. Bring to boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the butter, lemon juice and zest until smooth. Pour into pastry shell. In a bowl, beat egg whites and salt until stiff but not dry peaks are formed. Gradually beat in sugar until soft peaks form. Spread over pie, sealing edges to pastry. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until meringue is golden. Cool. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 334 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 89mg cholesterol, 286mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Jennifer
    Jul 9, 2020

    I agree with previous comments, after preparing recipe as originally published, when tasting the lemon filling it needed more lemon. I ended up adding the juice of one lemon which is approx. 1/4 cup more. If not for this I would have given a rating of 5 stars.

  • DawnDoyleJones
    Apr 29, 2020

    This was a super easy recipe and turned out perfect.

  • Leslie
    Apr 25, 2020

    I’ve never made lemon merengue pie before. Always too scared to try but so glad I tried this recipe. Was easy and turned out super delicious! I added a tiny bit more lemon juice as recommended by a few reviewers. My family really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to make it again!

  • Janet
    Dec 15, 2019

    I knew when I read the recipe I would want more lemon flavor. I used 1 1/2 cup water and 3/4 cup lemon juice everything else I followed recipe directions. Perfect lemon pie. Thanks for a great recipe. It's a keeper!

  • Darla
    Jan 19, 2019

    No comment left

  • kmb40200
    Nov 9, 2018

    is it possible to make this in small shot glasses?

  • Paul Wanda
    Nov 17, 2017

    First Lemon pie I made from scratch. It is the best one I have tasted in years. Others have made these, but in my opinion this one is the best recipe ever.

  • Uqaq
    Jun 28, 2015

    Have tried other recipes, always come back to this.

  • clwfranklin
    Oct 15, 2011

    No comment left

  • MargaretJoy
    Apr 24, 2011

    This recipe was easy to make, but it didn't have enough lemon flavor or "tartness" for my taste. The texture was fine. If I made it again, I would add more lemon juice as one reviewer suggested.