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Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

Updated on February 2, 2013
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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: serves 4 people


  • 5oz/0.6cups/142gms shortcrust pastry
  • 3 level tablespoons cornflour
  • ¼ pint water
  • 2 lemons, juice and grated rind
  • 4oz/0.5cups/113gms sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 3oz/.36cups/85gms caster sugar (very fine sugar)
  • Glacé cherries and angelica, to decorate
  1. Roll out the pastry and use it to line a 7” flan case or deep pie plate.
  2. Trim the edges and bake blind in the oven at 220⁰C (425⁰F), gas mark 7 for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the paper and baking beans and return the case to the oven for a further 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 180⁰C (350⁰F) gas mark 4.
  5. Mix the cornflour with the water in a saucepan, add the lemon juice and grated rind and bring slowly to the boil, stirring until the mixture thickens slightly, and add the egg yolks.
  6. Pour into the pastry case.
  7. Whisk the egg whites until they are stiff, whisk in half the castor sugar and fold in the rest.
  8. Pile the meringue on top of the lemon filling and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the meringue is crisp and lightly browned.
  9. Decorate before serving with cherries and angelica.

Shortcrust Pastry

You can buy ready-made shortcrust pastry in the shops, or you can make your own.

How To Bake Blind

To Bake Blind

This means you cut a round of greased greaseproof paper slightly larger than the pastry case, place it greased side down inside the pastry case and half fill it with raw haricot beans, rice or stale crusts of bread.

Lemon meringue pie can be served hot or cold and is delicious served with custard.

If you have never tried lemon meringue pie before, you are in for a treat!

This will zing the taste buds, leaving you (or your guests) crying for more.

As a dessert, this recipe is hard to beat. It is perhaps not the easiest to make, as it requires several 'stages', but trust me, it is well worth the effort.

While you can buy a ready made lemon meringue pie in the 'frozen desserts' aisle in a supermarket, the home-made variety is superior in taste, color and texture, not to mention the absence of additives.


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      Jay 3 years ago

      Hi Maureen, I came across this post ytseerday morning and attempted to replicate your stunning lemon meringue tart for my boyfriend's birthday (they're his favourite!). Reading your story and following your baking instructions was such a joy – while this recipe does require quite a bit of attention and waiting time, I had a great time spending the day making it perhaps because the end result was so rewarding! It was my first time making a lemon meringue tart, and it turned out beautifully. I substituted all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend, so my crust was more delicate and slightly more crumbly when first out of the oven, but was perfect once I had allowed it all to chill and set. Thank you!! x

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      Nigella Cook 5 years ago from UK

      Please do, you will love it :) And MK, I have added in the alternative measurements if that is any help.

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      JSierra 5 years ago from FL

      I’m not into Lemon pie, but lately I have been trying new things that I may not have tried in the past, you make this recipe sound easy enough to make. I will try it and let you know how it goes

      Thank you Nigella

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      M K Paul 5 years ago from India's looks so yummy...3oz means how much?