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Mom’s Lemon Meringue Pie

My mom is famous for her lemon meringue pie and now you can make it too!
My mom was famous for her Lemon Meringue Pie growing up. In fact, she still is!  It was often requested for parties or sick visits. (Really, I remember people asking my mom to bring this pie instead of Chicken Noodle Soup when they were sick!)  I often forget how good it is until I make it-then I just can’t stop eating it!
My mom is famous for her lemon meringue pie and now you can make it too!
Our kids especially love the meringue. No matter how many times I make it with them and they watch the entire process they are convinced it’s marshmallow. I guess it is in a way, but it’s definitely meringue. I love that they are so adamant. “Dad, mom made Grandma’s pie with the marshmallows!” We are starting to not correct them at all as they are pretty darn sure that they are right and nothing is going to convince them otherwise.
My mom is famous for her lemon meringue pie and now you can make it too!
Lemon was something I really struggled with as a kid. I just couldn’t stand that tart flavor at all unless it was a lemon head candy. Do those even still exist? Anyway, It’s interesting how our taste buds change as we grow up. A lot of the foods I didn’t like aren’t just ones that I enjoy now but actually are my absolute favorite. I have gobs of recipes with lemon like, Panko Crusted Chicken with Lemon Cream Sauce , Lemon Roasted Broccoli, Lemon Raspberry Bars, and Lemon Raspberry Donuts. I didn’t even get into the salad, cupcakes etc!

Is It Safe To Eat Meringue?

Uncooked meringues made with raw egg whites may contain salmonella bacteria, which cause salmonellosis.

However, salmonella bacteria are usually found in the egg yolk, not the whites, but, uncooked whites are still not considered safe.

Once the meringue is cooked, it is safe to eat.

What Makes Meringue Shrink?

High humidity and over baking meringue will cause meringue to shrink.

Meringue should be sealed tightly against the pie crust to help keep the meringue from shrinking.

Should Egg Whites Be Room Temperature For Meringue?

Bring egg whites to room temperature to ensure volume when beating.

Warmer eggs whip faster than cold eggs.

Egg whites right out of the refrigerator will not whip well.


Mom’s Lemon Meringue Pie

My mom is famous for her lemon meringue pie and now you can make it too!

Mom's Lemon Meringue Pie

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8


For the Filling

  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1/4 Cup corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 Cup water cold
  • 1 1/3 Cup water hot
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest about on and a half lemons zested
  • 1/3 Cup lemon juice
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons butter

For the Meringue

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • 1/2 cup sugar


For the Filling

  • Combine corn starch, salt, and sugar in a large sauce or stock pan.
  • Blend in cold water until smooth.
  • Add hot water.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and clear (5-8 min).
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in lemon juice and zest.
  • Cook 2 min.
  • Blend a small amount of hot liquid with egg yolks-whisking quickly- to bring the yolks up to temperature without cooking them too fast.
  • Return to pan and cook 2 min. stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat, add butter, and cool to luke warm.
  • Pour into cooked pie shell (I like to use 1/2 a recipe of Kristin's magic pie crust).
  • Top with meringue and seal to edge of crust.
  • Bake at 350 10-12 min, or until meringue is golden brown in the valleys.
  • Serve room temp or chilled.

For the Meringue

  • Beat egg whites with salt and tarter on high until soft peaks form.
  • Add sugar gradually while beating.
  • Beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Spread meringue on top of cooled lemon filling.
  • Use the back of a spoon or spatula to create peaks.
  • Bake as directed above.
Nutrition Facts
Mom's Lemon Meringue Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 232mg10%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 185IU4%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • Can you tell me how to find Kristin's Magic Pie Crust – I am pretty new to Blogs – and I also need to know the secret to keeping the crust from falling down into the pan when you bake it – I tried the “bean thing” and all it did was “stink” 🙂

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