Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe from scratch. Fresh lemon flavour that isn’t too sweet but just right.  The mile high meringue of course is what makes lemon meringue pie so special.  You cook the lemon pie filling on your stove stop, and pour it into an all butter pie crust.  Sound good so far?   Then while the filling is set aside to cool, get out the chilled egg whites and beat them into stiff, foamy peaks, and toast it lightly in the oven to get that gorgeous toasted effect.  Follow my tips and you will be asked to bring your homemade lemon meringue pie to the next family get together.

This post was originally published January 19, 2017 and updated December 24, 2018.

You will need one 9″ all butter pie crust (instructions below) 3 egg yolks, 4 large lemons, white sugar, cornstarch, unsalted butter. 

 

lemon meringue pie with piece removed and pie server

 

HOMEMADE LEMON MERINGUE PIE BACKSTORY

When I was growing up we knew that every Easter there would be lemon meringue pie.  That’s usually the only time it every appeared at my Mom’s or Grandma’s.  It was a special treat, and that first mouthful of tangy lemon filling and sweet crunchy meringue was heavenly.

Now I must confess that until a few months ago, I always used the lemon pie filling mixes, thinking that I couldn’t possibly find the time, or have the patience to make this delightful recipe.  Boy was I wrong! Making homemade lemon pie filling is really like making any other type of custard, you just need to pay attention to the details.

Once I got past my initial bias, I found I could whip up a lemon pie any old time at all. So that’s what I want for you.

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And the difference in flavour is amazing!  This Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe is so easy  — you will become a Pie Baking Rock Star!

 

This Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe is so easy to make. At Pie Lady Bakes we're all about taking a classic recipes and making it easy for you!

HOMEMADE LEMON MERINGUE PIE FAQs

  1. How do you make easy lemon meringue pie?

Lemon meringue pie really is easy to make, you just need to take your time, and follow the steps when mixing the eggs into the hot pie filling mixture.  That’s why I recommend that you mix a small amount of hot filling first – you don’t want scrambled eggs!

2.  How do you make the best meringue for a pie?

The secret to great meringue is to chill the bowl and beaters from your mixer.  I put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes to make sure they are really cold.  Then you need to start to beat the egg whites, adding the sugar a little at a time, while the peaks are building.  Some people add Cream of Tartar as a stiffener, but I don’t.  It’s just my preference.

TIPS FOR A PERFECT LEMON MERINGUE PIE

  1. Juice 3-4 large fresh lemons and put some of the peel aside to make lemon zest.
  2. Get all of your equipment and ingredients ready before you start to cook the lemon pie filling.
  3. Follow the instructions exactly.
  4. The first tip to making a lovely creamy lemon meringue pie is that you have to stay with it and keep stirring at the stove!  That means no phone surfing!
  5. And the second if not equally important tip is to mix a small amount of the hot filling into the beaten eggs first, and stir rapidly- – the last thing you want are lemony scrambled eggs and have to start all over again.

And that’s it!

This Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe is so easy to make. At Pie Lady Bakes we're all about taking a classic recipes and making it easy for you!

ALL BUTTER PIE CRUST

My recipe for an all butter pie crust is so easy – I show you how to make pie crust in your food processor!   We also have a step by step video on how to make perfect flaky pie crust using the hand blending method.  If you’re short on time or not ready to tackle homemade pie crust, you can use a ready made pie shell from the grocer – if you wish, just make sure you bake it first.  Another tip to lighten up the calorie load is to use a graham cracker pie crust.  No baking required when you use a ready made crust!

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Our Key Lime Pie Recipe is just as sweet, so if you’re making a lemon pie, why not lime? LOL! There are lots of great recipes out there too.  For a wonderful video on how to make lemon meringue pie, check out Crazy for Crust’s Aunt Tootsie’s Lemon Meringue Pie! – I also like one that I found in Canadian Living Magazine!

HOMEMADE LEMON MERINGUE PIE

This Lemon Meringue Pie is perfect in my opinion!  Tall, sweet meringue on top of a creamy lemon pie filling with an all butter pie crust.  A lemon meringue pie worthy of the best Diners! Your family and friends will know that this lemon pie means something very special is about to happen.  And print out the recipe below, cause they are going to ask you for it!

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slice of lemon pie on blue plate with clear glass pie plate, pie server and lemon meringue pie with slice removed in background.
Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie | Lemony Delicious!
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 6
Calories: 1114 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 1 9" pie shell One prepared and baked shortcrust pastry
Filling:
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch plus 1 tbsp.
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. lemon peel grated
  • 1 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed,about 3 - 4 large lemons
Meringue:
  • 3 egg whites
  • 6 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In small bowl, beat egg yolks with whisk. Set aside
  2. *Tip: chill bowl and beaters in the refrigerator until you are ready to make the meringue.
  3. In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch;
  4. gradually stir in water.
  5. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute.
  6. Immediately stir at least half of hot mixture into egg yolks;
  7. stir back into hot mixture in saucepan.
  8. Boil and stir 2 minutes; remove from heat.
  9. Stir in butter, lemon peel, lemon juice.
  10. Pour into pie crust.
  11. Set the pie aside on the counter to cool.
  12. In medium bowl, beat egg whites with electric mixer on high speed until foamy.
  13. Beat in sugar, a little at a time; continue beating until stiff and glossy.
  14. Peaks will form when ready.
  15. Beat in vanilla.
  16. Spoon onto pie filling.
  17. Spread over filling, carefully sealing meringue to edge of crust.
  18. Bake 8 to 12 minutes at 350F/180C or until meringue is light brown.
  19. Cool, then serve or cover in a pie box and put in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie | Lemony Delicious!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1114 Calories from Fat 459
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 51g 78%
Saturated Fat 28g 140%
Cholesterol 681mg 227%
Sodium 503mg 21%
Potassium 456mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 149g 50%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 96g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 37.7%
Vitamin C 129.9%
Calcium 10.8%
Iron 10.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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