Lemon Meringue Pie (a sweet and tart pie) can be made with a traditional crust or a graham cracker crust. The recipe is easy enough for a middle schooler to make.
Lemon meringue pie is a favorite at our house.
Our youngest daughter’s favorite pie is Lemon Meringue. Since it’s her birthday today, I decided to post the recipe. Don taught Vanessa how to make it herself when she was in middle school. There are two tricks to making it perfect. One, stir frequently so the lemon pudding doesn’t burn. And two, be careful not to let any of the filling splash on you or you will get quite a burn.
My mother always made her Lemon Meringue Pie with a Graham Cracker Crust. I like a graham cracker crust way better than a regular pastry crust, but our daughter likes a traditional crust. This recipe is originally from Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker. It is one of our “go to” cookbooks; the other is James Beard’s American Cookery.
Sometimes I use a premade pie crust from the dairy case at the grocery store. If you want a gluten-free crust, try Don’s Shortbread Crust or The Best Gluten Free Pie Crust. Both are terrific. The nutrition label below is for The Best Gluten Free Pie Crust. I know you’re gonna wanna eat this pie. I do!
What’s your favorite pie? Mine is Pecan. I could eat it any time of the year, but we make it only at Thanksgiving.
What You Need
For this recipe, we use the following tools: measuring cups and spoons, wooden spoon, lemon zester, wire whisk, medium saucepan, rolling pin (if making your own pie crust), pastry blender, pie plate, electric mixer, and mixing bowls. But what you really want is a beautiful pie plate and some lovely dishes to serve your pie upon, right?
Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe
Lemon Meringue Pie
- 1 pre-baked pastry crust
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 to 3 lemons) (strained)
- 2 to 3 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 4 large egg yolks (save the whites for the meringue)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into small pieces)
- 4 large egg whites room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Whisk the sugar, salt and cornstarch together thoroughly in a medium saucepan.
Add the water, lemon juice and zest, blending well.
Whisk in the egg yolks.
Keep whisking until there are no yellow streaks.
Stir constantly with a wooden spoon.
Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat.
Then cook for 1 minute. The filling should be very thick (like pudding).
Pour the filling in the pie crust and top with Meringue (directions below).
Bake for 20 minutes at 350F degrees or place the pie under the broiler (on high) for about 5 minutes until the meringue is nicely browned. Watch it carefully so it doesn't burn.
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on high until soft peaks form.
Gradually beat in the sugar until the peaks are stiff but not dry.
Add the vanilla and beat until combined.
Immediately spread the Meringue Topping over the pie and bake as noted above.
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Pie Nutrition Information
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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