Classic Lemon Meringue Pie

Everyone should have this classic recipe up their sleeve!
Lemon Meringue
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Ready in
2 1/2 h

When true meringue was first seen  in the 17th century, it was often called “sugar puff.” Lemon meringue as it is commonly known today evolved in America in the 19th century. When life gives you lemons...make pie!

You can make this pie using store bought pie dough, pre-baked pie shells or just use this recipe and make your own perfect pie crust.

I recommend pre-baked pie crusts for this recipe in order to save time, as it is quite a complex recipe already.

10
Servings
253
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
1 pie

Ingredients

For the lemon filling:

  • 1 (9-inch) pre-baked pie shell or make from scratch
  • 4 egg yolks (reserve whites for meringue)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 Cup water
  • 1/4 Cup cornstarch
  • zest of one lemon
  • zest of one lemon
  • pinch of salt

For the merinque topping:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 3 Tablespoons of sugar
  • pinch of cream of tartar

Directions

For the lemon filling:

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks, set aside

In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk the water, cornstarch, sugar and salt.

Once the mixture comes to a boil, remove from heat and gradually add the cornstarch mixture to the egg yolks.

Return the mixture to the stove and on a low heat, whisking constantly, add the butter, lemon juice and lemon zest until mixture becomes thick, about 10 minutes.

Pour the mixture into your pre-baked pie crust.

For the merinque topping:

In a standing mixer, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until it forms soft peaks. 

Slowly add the sugar to your egg whites until the peaks become hard.

Top the entire pie with this meringue mixture and bake at 375°F for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Pie must cool completely before cutting.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
10g
15%
Sugar
24g
N/A
Saturated Fat
4g
21%
Cholesterol
65mg
22%
Protein
3g
6%
Carbs
40g
13%
Vitamin A
40µg
4%
Vitamin B12
0.1µg
2%
Vitamin C
6mg
10%
Vitamin D
0.3µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
0.2mg
1.2%
Vitamin K
0.2µg
0.3%
Calcium
15mg
1%
Fiber
0.8g
3.1%
Folate (food)
11µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
18µg
5%
Folic acid
4µg
N/A
Iron
0.5mg
2.7%
Magnesium
5mg
1%
Monounsaturated
4g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
0.3mg
1.4%
Phosphorus
36mg
5%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
60mg
2%
Sodium
145mg
6%
Sugars, added
24g
N/A
Zinc
0.2mg
1.3%

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