How to make it

  • Pastry: In food processor, pulse flour with butter and shortening until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. With motor running, add lemon juice, then water 1 TB at a time, just until dough leaves sides of bowl. Remove blade, then dough.
  • Gather dough into a ball; press into a disk. Wrap with wax paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to roll out.
  • Heat oven to 425* F. You'll need a 9" pie plate. Roll dough on lightly floured surface or between 2 sheets of wax paper to 12 " circle. Fit dough into pie plate, pressing gently onto bottom and up sides; crimp edge and freeze 15 minutes. Bake 20-22 minutes or until golden. Remove pie plate to wire rack to cool while making filling. Reduce oven temperature to 350*F.
  • Filling: Whisk sugar and cornstarch in a 2 qt. Saucepan. Whisk in e.g. Yolks and lemon juice until smooth. Stir in water; continue stirring over medium heat until mixture comes to a full boil. Boil about 1 minute, stirring constantly, until filling is translucent and thick. Remove from heat. Add butter and lemon zest, stirring until butter melts. Pour hot filling into baked pie shell.
  • Meringue: Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a medium bowl with electric mixer on medium-high speed until soft peaks form when beaters are lifted. Gradually beat in sugar, 1TB. At a time, beating well after each addition until sugar dissolves. Beat 2 minutes longer or until stiff peaks form when beaters are lifted.
  • Spoon meringue around edge of filling; spread to edge of crust to seal. Spoon remaining meringue in center; spread and swirl with back of teaspoon to cover filling evenly.
  • Bake 20 minutes or until meringue is browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in center of meringue registers 160*F.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack, then refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours. To serve, cut with a long-blade knife dipped in cold water.

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  • Good4U 1 month ago
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    Lemon Meringue Pie
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    " It was excellent "
    new2cooking ate it and said...
    i don't have much experience cooking pie aside from the occasional apple pie.. but my boyfriend's alltime favorite is lemon meringue pie as his grandma used to make it. so i decided to try this recipe, and it was absolutely DELICIOUS.
    my boyfriend said it was the best he's had since his grandma's, and he is certainly a guy who knows a good lemon meringue pie!

    and not knowing much in the realm of pie making, the recipe was extremely straight forward and easy to follow.

    YUM
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    " It was excellent "
    krumkake ate it and said...
    Just made this one again today - man, this is one good lemon pie...you gotta try it!!!
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  • essence_magazine 5 years ago
    woooowwww !!! this looks amazing! I will def have to follow this recipe to a T... usually when I make pies the meringue isn't quite right. Thnxs for posting this
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    " It was excellent "
    chef_irish ate it and said...
    The Best ....I Love Lemon Meringue Pie!!!!
    High 555555555555
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  • sunpuppy 5 years ago
    I have made this pie and it is absolutely wonderful. It's hard to have only one slice ;) Great post and thanks for sharing!
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  • unswissmiss 5 years ago
    I love lemon meringue pie, but so many are too sweet and yucky. This sounds (and looks) perfect!
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    " It was excellent "
    blueeyes68ky ate it and said...
    Yum looks good to me.
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  • thepiggs 6 years ago
    I'm going to have to make this...soon! Sounds really good!

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  • xoxomileycyrusoxox 6 years ago
    this looks pretty good, and it's my papaws favorite..... so we're going to make this for his 77th birthday. it better be good !!!!!! this is probably his last birthday (he's dying from heart failure)
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  • lor 6 years ago
    I LOVE lemon meringue pies and from what krumkake's positive comments were, I'll be preparing it real soon!!! I can't wait and thank you for sharing this recipe.
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  • annastasia 6 years ago
    This is a lot like my recipe...only I add boiling water (slowly) to thicken the cornstarch mix and then add the lemon juice and rind later.
    Your way of making the crust sounds better though!
    YUMMY!!!
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  • dixiejet 6 years ago
    Lemon Meringue is one of my very favorites and this really looks oustanding,bean ! Never thought about putting lemon in the crust either,but I like the idea ! Gonna make this one for sure !
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  • cdlsmith 6 years ago
    My mom made this every year on Thanksgiving Day.
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  • rosemaryblue 6 years ago
    This sounds like a winner for sure!
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  • clewing 6 years ago
    This is the exact same lemon meringue pie filling I make, but have never put lemon in the crust. I will try that next time!
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    " It was excellent "
    tpatti ate it and said...
    I love lemon meringue pie! I would never have thought to put lemon juice in the crust, can't wait to try this! Thank you for posting a great recipe!
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    " It was excellent "
    krumkake ate it and said...
    I remembered to get a picture - perhaps not the best, since the pie was still slightly warm and the filling "ran" a bit when I took it out of the pie pan...still, it allows you to see the beautiful translucent tart lemon filling - so delish! My husband just had a second piece!!
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    " It was excellent "
    krumkake ate it and said...
    5 stars, without a doubt...I made this today and my husband, daughter and I were unanimous - this one goes in the "please make again" box. The filling was wonderfully tart, the crust was so flaky and crisp (though my pie crust lining skills leave a lot to be desired, but that's ok, as it doesn't affect the flavor!!), and the meringue was sweet and soft. I will TRY to remember to take a picture tomorrow when I have new batteries for my camera. Great pie - thanks so much for sharing this one, Coffeebean!
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  • psy333che 6 years ago
    I love this recipe because it is all made with fresh ingredients
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