Amazing Lemon Meringue Pie
Servings Prep Time
1pie 30minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1pie 30minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Pie Crust
  • 19 inch pie crustpurchased 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 1/2Cups Hot Water
  • 5 Egg Yolksslightly beaten, some recipes call for 4 egg yolks, but I like 5 egg whites for the meringue and don’t like to waste. slighly beat egg yolks
  • 4TBL Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2TBL Zest of 2 lemonszested and chopped finely.
  • 3 Tbl. butterMust be butter-no substitutions or this may not turn out the same
Pie shell
  1. 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.
Lemon Filling
  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Return to the stove and boil 1 minute longer, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat. Continue stirring and add the lemon juice and lemon zest. Also add in the butter one Tbl. at a time.
  5. Pour into the baked and cooled pie shell. Let sit to cool while you are making the meringue.
  1. In a large bowl, neat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until frothy.
  2. Gradually beat in the sugar a little bit at a time. Continue to beating until there are stiff and glossy peaks.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Cool the pie gradually in a slightly warm place. (A chill may make the meringue fall).
Recipe Notes

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