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Amazing Lemon Meringue Pie

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When you want to make something impressive and tasty, this amazing lemon meringue pie is the dessert to make. The tart and creamy lemon custard filling is topped with mile-high meringue. Light, airy and scrumptious. This pie just melts in your mouth.

Fresh lemon taste with an impressively high meringue top. Easier to achieve than you think. Full recipe here for this amazing lemon meringue pie.

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Amazing Lemon Meringue Pie _ Delicious Recipe
Amazing Lemon Meringue Pie _ Delicious Recipe

Tried and True Pie Crust Recipe

For this lemon meringue pie recipe you can use store purchased pie crust. However, if you wish to make the pie crust, here is my tried and true pie crust recipe.

Old Fashioned Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

When I was a child, I learned how to make this lemon meringue pie. It remains a family favorite to this day. At a pie sale, it sells out quickly. As you can see from the photo, the picture of the slice of pie is taken outside in the park. Four lemon meringue pies out of 32 pies sold out first. Might have been the amazing meringue topping.

Lemon Meringue Pie

Refreshing Lemon Flavor

In the photo, you can see the high meringue on top of the thick lemony custard filling. The filling is tangy and refreshing. This just makes for an impressive presentation. However, the taste is divine too.

Lemon Meringue Pie Ready for Serving
Lemon Meringue Pie Ready for Serving

Tips to Cutting This Delicious Dessert

It can be difficult to serve a beautiful looking piece of pie like the one above if you don’t know the trick. Often, the meringue will stick to the knife and you can quickly have a sticky mess on your hands. The trick to getting a piece of pie to look like this, dip the knife in cold water before each knife cut. Also, after each pie cut, wipe the knife with a paper towel. A long serrated knife would work well in conjunction with a pie server. This set is would do the work nicely.

Restaurant Worthy Pie Recipe
Restaurant Worthy Pie Recipe

There are Three Main Elements to This Delicious Dessert

Each part to this dessert adds to the success of this recipe. It does not have to be hard and can seem intimidating. However, when you look at each part on its own, you will see that it can be a delicious and simple recipe that you can and should learn to make often.

First, the crust, which should be tender and flaky. Here is our no-fail all-butter pie crust recipe that is perfect for this pie. However, if you are short on time, a store-bought crust will work simply fine.

Second, the filling, which should be creamy, smooth, tangy, and slightly sweet.

Third, the meringue topping, which should be light, fluffy, piled high, and a light golden brown.

Tips for Getting This Recipe Right

Best lemons for Lemon Meringue Pie. If you can find them, useMeyer lemons, if they are not available by use, then regular supermarket lemons will work fine.

Wash the fruit before zesting. Whenever I purchase lemons, limes, or oranges and I plan on zesting them, I make sure to wash and dry the fruit thoroughly before zesting.

Do Not over boil the lemon filling. Once the custard coats the back of a wooden spoon, take it off the heat and let it cool. If you boil it too long, it will break down and become soupy.

Meringue Topping
Meringue Topping

Tips for That Perfect Meringue Topping

Use older eggs. I use eggs that have been in my refrigerator a few weeks. I am not sure why, but older eggs make better meringue. Further, room temperature egg whites beat faster and higher too.

Make your pie on a day with low humidity for best results. The humidity in the air can make the meringue weep.

Do not overbake the meringue. This can also cause it to weep. Make sure to check the pie at the recommended time.

How to keep the meringue from shrinking.

  1. Often, people try and cool the lemon custard first and then add the topping. Try this instead. Prepare the meringue before the lemon custard filling. Add the meringue on top of the custard while it is still warm. Surprisingly, the heat from the filling helps seal the meringue, which makes it less likely to shrink.
  2. Spread the meringue to the edges of the pie crust, so it touches the crust itself. This helps hold it in place and prevents it from shrinking.

Does Lemon Meringue Pie Freeze Well?

No. This pie is one of those that is best enjoyed the day it is made. While you can store leftover pie in the refrigerator covered for up to 3-5 days, it is best to use it the day of. Also, do not leave the pie out for more than a few hours for food safety.

Lemon Custard Tart with Meringue Topping
Lemon Custard Tart with Meringue Topping

Change up the Look of the Pie

Sometimes, all it takes is using a pretty baking dish. A pie can be in the shape of a rectangle tart pan. You can make this into smaller individual pies by using small pie pans. Use a fluted tart pan for another look. Feel free to use the pretty baking dishes that you have for a unique and beautiful presentation.

Lemon and Meringue Tart
Lemon and Meringue Tart
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Amazing Lemon Meringue Pie

This lemon meringue pie not only looks amazing, it tastes Amazing too!. Turn heads with this pie recipe.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert, Pie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dessert, holiday recipe, Lemon, meringue, pie, summer dessert, summer recipe
Servings: 8 servings (1 pie)
Calories: 462kcal

Ingredients

Pie Crust

  • 1 9 inch pie crust purchased or homemade. See the homemade pie crust recipe on this blog.

Lemon Filling

  • 1 1/2 Cups sugar
  • 1/3 Cup corn starch
  • 1/4 Tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups Hot Water
  • 5 Egg Yolks slightly beaten, some recipes call for 4 egg yolks, but I like 5 egg whites for the meringue and don't like to waste. slightly beat egg yolks
  • 4 TBL Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 TBL Zest of 2 lemons zested and chopped finely.
  • 3 Tbl. butter Must be butter-no substitutions or this may not turn out the same

Meringue Topping

  • 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch
  • 1/3 Cup Cold Water
  • 5 Egg Whites
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp. Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract optional

Instructions

Pie shell

  • Can use purchased or homemade. There is a link to my recipe above for homemade pie pastry. Roll out dough for 1 pie pan. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pre-bake the pie 5-10 minutes until golden brown. Let cool while making the filling.
    Blind Baking a Pie with Pie Weights

Lemon Filling

  • In a saucepan add the sugar, corn starch, and salt. Gradually stir in the hot water. Cook over moderate heat, stirring consistently until the mixture boils and thickens. Boil approximately 1 minute. (make sure that you scrape the bottom so the mixture does not burn).
  • Add 1 or 2 ladles of the hot mixture into the slightly beaten egg yolks. Whisking constantly until incorporated. Then take this mixture and add it to the hot mixture, whisking constantly.
  • Return to the stove and boil 1 minute longer, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat. Continue stirring and add the lemon juice and lemon zest. Also add in the butter one Tbl. at a time.
  • Pour into the baked and cooled pie shell. Let sit to cool while you are making the meringue.

Meringue Topping

  • Begin by preparing the corn starch mixture for the meringue. In a small saucepan, on medium heat, whisk together the cornstarch and cold water until the cornstarch dissolves. Continue heating until the mixture starts to thicken. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.  
  • In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until frothy.
  • Gradually beat in the sugar a little bit at a time. Continue to beating until there are stiff and glossy peaks. Add the corn starch mixture a little at a time and continue mixing until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently spoon the meringue onto the pie filling. Make sure to spread the filling out to the edge of the pie shell to prevent shrinking. Also, if the filling is exposed to the heat from the baking process, it may weep.
  • Swirl and pull up points of the meringue to create a decorative top. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake approximately 10-15 minutes or until the meringue is golden brown.
  • Cool the pie gradually in a slightly warm place. (A chill may make the meringue fall).
    Meringue Topping Baked

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Notes

The nutritional values are for  1 whole pie. Therefore, if you cut the pie into 6 slices, divide the numbers by 6. 

Tips for Getting This Recipe Right

Best lemons for Lemon Meringue Pie. If you can find them, use Meyer lemons, if they are not available by use, then regular supermarket lemons will work fine.
Wash the fruit before zesting. Whenever I purchase lemons, limes, or oranges and I plan on zesting them, I make sure to wash and dry the fruit thoroughly before zesting.
Do Not over boil the lemon filling. Once the custard coats the back of a wooden spoon, take it off the heat and let it cool. If you boil it too long, it will break down and become soupy.
For picture perfect pie slices use a sharp knife that has been dipped in water, then dried off. When cutting into the pie, the knife will glide right through. Every few slices you may have to dip the knife and wipe it off again, but it is worth the beautiful slices you get.

Tips for That Perfect Meringue Topping

Use older eggs. I use eggs that have been in my refrigerator a few weeks. I am not sure why, but older eggs make better meringue. Further, room temperature egg whites beat faster and higher too.
Make your pie on a day with low humidity for best results. The humidity in the air can make the meringue weep.
Do not overbake the meringue. This can also cause it to weep. Make sure to check the pie at the recommended time.

How to keep the meringue from shrinking.

  1. Often, people try and cool the lemon custard first and then add the topping. Try this instead. Prepare the meringue before the lemon custard filling. Add the meringue on top of the custard while it is still warm. Surprisingly, the heat from the filling helps seal the meringue, which makes it less likely to shrink.
  2. Spread the meringue to the edges of the pie crust, so it touches the crust itself. This helps hold it in place and prevents it from shrinking.

Does Lemon Meringue Pie Freeze Well?

No. This pie is one of those that is best enjoyed the day it is made.

Nutrition

Calories: 462kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 63g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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