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Making a Lemon Meringue Pie

Updated on November 29, 2017
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Elsie has been cooking for sixty years and has many recipes. I'm sharing some with you, some are my mothers recipes, hope you enjoy baking.

Peice of Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie is a dessert dish that hasn't been around much over the last 20 years, but it is coming back into fashion again, take a look at the internet every cook of importance has Lemon Meringue Pie recipes, Jamie Oliver, Martha Stewart, Gordon Ramsey plus much more.

It's a pie that takes a while to get it perfect, you can have many failures, but with perseverance, you will get it right, you will wonder why it took so long.

Pie Crusts

These pies can be made quickly if you have a bought pie crust all ready to use, but I think it always tastier to have a home-made pie crust. There are many version available, it's up to you to decide what kind you like best.

Here're a few pie crust recipes I have been using over the years. This first one has lemon juice in it, appropriate for a pie like this.

Biscuit Pastry

1/4 lb butter, 2 oz sugar, 1egg yolk, 1 tablespoon water, 1/2 lb flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, pinch salt,

Method: Soften butter and sugar, add yolk and water, sift in the flour, baking powder, salt, add lemon juice.

Press into a pie dish, put baking pie weights in, and bake in a hot oven for 20 mins, remove baking pie weights if you have used them (recommended), then return to oven for another 1 minute to dry out pastry base.

Short Pie Crust.

1/2 lb flour, 1/4 lb butter, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, a small half cup of water.

Method: Soft the butter,(good if at room temperate) then rub it into the sifted flour, cream of tartar, dissolve baking soda in the water and add.

Roll out and line a dish for the pie, (not a sweet crust) follow instructions as above.

Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

This is a nice sweet shortcrust pastry, I already have added it for another one of my articles on pies, cannot add it here as it will be classed as duplicated. if interested click here.

How to make pie crust - Pie crust recipe


Always use eggs a few days old (never fresh) and at room temperature, for the meringue.

This pie is usually eaten as a dessert, very nice, cooled a little and eaten with vanilla ice-cream.

As in most food using lemons flavor is determine by the lemons you use as every lemon as a different taste, tatty, bitter or sweet.


  • Three eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups milk


  1. Method:
  2. Mix thoroughly the 3 egg yolks (beat lightly), add the honey, flour and lemon juice, flesh and grated rind of half the lemon, and melted butter.
  3. After mixing in order given, add the milk.
  4. Pour into the pie dish which has been lined with a good crust, prick to prevent air bubbles.
  5. Bake until set.
  6. Cover with meringue ( 3 beaten egg whites, 3 tablespoons of honey, few drops of lemon juice), spoon on top of lemon filling
  7. Return to oven and bake until it is a nice brown, about 10 mins.
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How to prepare a tart shell + how to blind bake a tart shell (part 2)

About the above Video - What's blind baking ?

Baking blind (sometimes called pre-baking) is the process of baking a pie crust or other pastry without the filling. Blind baking a pie crust is necessary when it will be filled with an unbaked filling (such as with pudding or cream pies)

Tools for Blind Pie Baking.

There are many tools available on the market to help with making pies, weights are very useful to have and in no time you will discover which works the best for you, whatever you decide on, the idea (just in case you are not sure) is to prevent the shrinking that can occur while baking the crust, press the crust into the pan, prick with a fork, add the weights, follow instructions and you will have a perfect crust to make any pie.

Happy pie making.

Links to Making a Lemon Meringue Pie. - Also help for Meringue topping success.

There is a art to having a success when making these pies.

Here are a few sites that have lots of ideas to make this a successful occasion.

Meringue all ready to spoon onto Lemon Meringue Pie.

Handy Tip

Never use plastic bowls (tupperware), wet or greasy bowls as the egg whites will not beat nicely they will be flat and not become peaky.

© 2013 Elsie Hagley

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Aesta1: Thanks for the visit and comment. Making a Lemon Meringue Pie isn't as hard as it looks. Hope you enjoy it, I know the family will love it.

      Happy baking.

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      The grandchildren really love this but I have never baked it. I just buy. Maybe, this summer, I will use your recipe.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens, Good luck on the Squidoo Food Club Quest: August

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Thanks for this recipe I love Lemon Meringue Pie

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      Corrinna Johnson 4 years ago from BC, Canada

      Homemade lemon meringue pie from scratch is awesome! I used to love going to the "church teas" with my Mom just for a slice of lemon pie!

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      ikdj lm 4 years ago

      Lemon meringue pie is to die for :)

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @Whatsittoyou: Thanks for visiting and commenting, that lemon pie mix sounds good to me.

      Today is the 15 August in the southern hemisphere that's Lemon Meringue Pie day, I think I will make one and see how is goes, I haven't made one for a few years.

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      Whatsittoyou 4 years ago from Canada

      I am with Dusty2 about scraping off the meringue and eating it last (although I still do it as an adult). My Mom and both of my grandmother's were excellent pie makers. However they used premade pie shells and they used a Jello lemon pie mix, but still so delicious.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      A favorite pie from my childhood days. I always liked to scrap all of the meringue off the lemon pie and eat it last when I was a youngster. There is something about the tartness of the lemon pie that you seem to not get enough of and before you know it the whole pie is gone. Lemon pies are definitely pucker uppers if they are prepared right! Thank You for visiting my Homemade Waffle Ice Cream Cone Recipes lens and giving it a "thumbs up". I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the recipes as well as making the waffles for cones or desserts. Bon Appetit!

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      readty7 4 years ago

      tasty and delicious recipes, I love lemon pie and especially the meringue, Cheers!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      They are wonderful - such a distinctive flavor.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love lemon meringue pie.

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      kmhrsn 4 years ago

      When I was a kid growing up on a farm, sometimes we would take cows to the stockyard auction to be sold. They had a little diner there, and I always got the Lemon Meringue Pie. I didn't give two hoots about the meringue (still don't), but I loved that tart, rich filling.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      I've always wondered how this type of pie was made, you've included some great tips! :)

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @peterb6001: Thanks for visiting and commenting.

      Interesting about the meringue cheesecake, must take a look at that one and see what different ingredients are in that recipe.

      All the same any dessert like that is yummy, lemon flavor is great in any meal.

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      ArtbyMAR 4 years ago

      I love Lemon Meringue pie but have never attempted to make one

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      Tasty, they are becoming more popular in England too (hence to of the Chefs you mentioned). In fact I had lemon meringue cheesecake last night (from a shop) that was a nice variation to.