Magic Lemon Pie (1952)

Marcia McCance


This was part of the hand written notes that my niece, Stephanie, retrieved from her Grandmother's (my Mom's) recipe drawer.

As I looked for pictures, I found that it is a recipe from the Eagle Brand Milk 1952 advertising recipe book -- how cool!!

It is also cool because you do not have to pre-cook the filling and you can use any kind of baked pie shell, or non-bake crumb or graham cracker crust. You do need to bake the meringue but only for 15 minutes. It sets up as it cools.

Here ya go!!

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8 inch baked pie shell, or graham cracker crust


1 can(s)
15 oz eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
1/2 c
lemon juice (fresh, reconstituted, or frozen)
1 tsp
lemon peel, grated fresh or dried
egg yolks, reserve whites


room temperature egg whites (reserved from above)
1/4 tsp
cream of tartar
1/4 c

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 325 F
In medium sized mixing bowl, blend milk, lemon juice, lemon peel, and yolks until thickened. Turn into pie shell and set aside
Meringue: Whip the whites with cream of tartar until they hold a soft peak. Gradually whip in sugar (one Tbsp at a time) Continue whipping until the whites hold a firm peak.
Pile onto pie filling and seal to the inside edge of pie shell. Swirl the top as desired -- but don't play in it or let it sit too long because it will begin to "weep."
Immediately place in a 325 F oven and bake until golden brown (about 15 minutes). Cool before serving.
For those who don't want to eat raw eggs these are alternate directions found on another recipes:
1. Beat egg yolks; whisk in lemon rind, sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice. Pour into prepared crust.
2. Bake in preheated 325°F (160°C) oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Increase oven temperature to 350°F (180°C).
3. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy; gradually add sugar beating until stiff peaks form but not dry. Spread meringue on top of hot pie, sealing carefully to edge of crust.
4. Return to oven and bake for 10 minutes or until meringue is golden brown. Cool. Chill before serving, if desired.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pies, Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom