Easy Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Love lemon meringue pie? Try this recipe with a delicious, tangy lemon curd and loads of billowing meringue piled high.

Ingredients

  • For the Lemon Filling
  • 4 egg yolks (save the whites for meringue)
  • 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (finely grated)
  • 1 (9-inch) pre-baked pie shell
  • For the Meringue Topping
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 pinch cream of tartar
  • 8 tablespoons sugar 

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this meringue dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and baking.

Make the Lemon Filling

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Whisk egg yolks in a medium sized mixing bowl and set aside.

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  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine cornstarch, water, sugar, and salt. Whisk to combine. Stir frequently and bring mixture to a boil. Boil for 1 minute.

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  4. Remove from heat and, while whisking briskly, add 1/2 cup of the hot mixture at a time to egg yolks until you have added at least half of the mixture.

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  5. Return egg mixture back to the saucepan. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 more minute.

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  6. Remove from heat and gently stir in butter, lemon juice, and zest until well combined.

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  7. Pour mixture into pre-baked pie shell. 

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Make the Meringue Topping

  1. Whisk egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer until soft peaks form. 

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  2. Then gradually add sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form, ​approximately 1 to 2 minutes.

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Bake the Lemon Meringue

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

  2. Spoon meringue over the top while filling is still hot. The meringue should completely cover the lemon mixture.

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  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until meringue is golden.

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  4. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

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  5. Make sure pie is cooled completely before slicing.

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