Mom's Easy Lemon Meringue Pies

Karla Everett Recipe

By Karla Everett Karla59

(2) 9" deep dish pies
10 Min
25 Min

Every year I made 2 of these pies for my Mom on her birthday. My Mom has passed on many yrs. ago but today Jan. 12th is her Birthday so I made them to celebrate her day.

This recipe can be cut in half to make just 1 pie if you only want 1 pie.

This is a semi homemade recipe but this is the way Mom liked her pies made , she said they tasted just as good if not better than if they were made from scratch and this is the way she taught me to make them for her , so I'm posting this recipe in Honor of my Mom.

Happy Birthday Mom !! I Love you and you will forever be in my Heart!!

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2 pkg
(4.3oz each) lemon pudding mix ; cook & serve
1 1/2 c
6 large
egg yolks ; lightly beaten
1/3 c
lemon juice concentrate
5 2/3 c
water, cold ; divided
6 large
egg whites
2/3 c

Directions Step-By-Step

Thaw 2 pre-made 9" deep dish pie shells (or you can make your own crusts)and using a fork prick the shell all around , so the crust don't puff up during baking time.
Bake the pie shells in a pre-heated 400° oven for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned ; set aside to cool.
Divide the egg yolks and reserve the whites for the meringue , making sure there is NO egg yolk in the whites. I remove the white membrane from the reserved egg whites also. Keep the egg white at room temperature.
In a microwaveable safe glass bowl combine the pudding mix , sugar , whipped egg yolks , 1/3 cup of lemon juice and 2/3 cup of the water.
Whisk the ingredients until all is combined.
Add the remaining 5 cups of water.
Place in the microwave on full power and cook (STIRRING EVERY 3 MINUTES) for about 16-18 minutes.

Note : If you use hot water it would be less cooking time , I use cold because that's the way mom wanted it done.
The pudding will be semi thick ; The pudding will thicken more as it cools.
Fill each of the pre-baked pie crusts and set aside while you make the meringue.
In a large bowl add the reserved egg whites and beat on high just until it starts to get foamy.
Add 1 TBS. of the sugar at a time , beating between each addition until all the sugar is used.
Continue to beat on high until stiff peaks form in the egg whites.
Spoon half of the firm meringue onto each pie and spread out to seal the edge of the pie.
Using your spatula or spoon tap the top of the meringue to lift up peaks on the pie.
Bake the pie on the center oven rack for 10-12 minutes @ 350° until the meringue is a golden brown.
Note : It's best if you chill this pie before cutting into it. This meringue does weep but mom never cared because the pies never lasted that long anyway ...LOL

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pies, Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #lemon, #Meringue

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Pam Ellingson wmnofoz
Jan 12, 2012
What a nice tribute to your mom. I think I may make a special dinner for my mom's birthday on the 29th and share it with my family. Some of her favorite foods would make a really nice memory for the family. :) Thanks for giving me this idea.
Karla Everett Karla59
Jan 12, 2012
Pam , Thank you and your very welcome!! I happen to be the one that took care of my mom during her illness and everytime I make the last meal that she ate (which was her favorite) I think of Mom loving that meal.

I bet that would be a very good meal for your family and would bring up alot of great memories!! :D
Carol Junkins CarolAJ
Jan 12, 2012
How nice Karla, you know what? That was my mom's favorite pie as well, and when she brought it into the dinning room to serve what a big smile she would have on her face. Every time I see one I think of my mom as well. Nothing like the memories we have of our moms !
Karla Everett Karla59
Jan 12, 2012
My Mom loved this pie , like I said she had to always have 2 pies every birthday and it was just her and my dad!!
Carol Junkins CarolAJ
Jan 12, 2012
Wow how nice, I remember when my mom made the first one, boy I thought, how did she do that?! so beautiful, yours look beautiful as well, your mom would be proud!
Key Lime keylime
Jan 12, 2012
Beautiful tribute to your Mom. The pies look so very yummy.,,thank you for sharing a special and special memory.
Karla Everett Karla59
Jan 12, 2012
Thank you Carol and Sea Sun :D
Dutch Reyveld Dutchr
Jan 13, 2012
THAT is a lovely way to remember your Mom! I've ALWAYS been afraid to try a meringue, but ya got me convinced! LOL Saved and will try...Thanx for sharing!!!
Jeanne Benavidez jeanneben
Jan 13, 2012
Karla, this recipe sounds just like the one my Mom used to make. She never wrote it down but I watched her make it many times and this sounds just like hers. Thanks for posting this....I a definitely going to give this a try.
Copper Vanlandingham coppered
Jan 13, 2012
I have found that the secret to meringue is to insure that your blades and bowl are free of any grease. I know this sounds like I have a dirty kitchen but if your freestanding mixer sits on the counter with the bowls this is relevant. One fries food and the grease in minor particles get everywhere. This along with insuring that no yolk is left behind, as you mentioned, is very important. I find that separating each egg first in a custard cup then adding to the rest works well. If you get an egg yolk that breaks on cracking it will ruin all the others. I love your memorial to your mom. Believe it or not mine is scramble eggs, something so simple.
Cheryl Clark lucky2
Jan 13, 2012
Lemon meringue was my mom's favorite too. She passed away this year and at Christmas we had a lemon pie in her honor. A wonderful way to remember our mothers.
Nancy J. Patrykus Finnjin
Jan 13, 2012
Positively ...LUSH!
Love this recipe..
Nancy J. Patrykus Finnjin
Jan 13, 2012
LOVE youre pictures Karla..
WONDERFUL !...Hugs, nancy
Karla Everett Karla59
Jan 13, 2012
Dutch , Thank you very much. I use to be intimidated in making meringue too until mom showed me how easy it was! There are better meringue recipes out there that the meringue don't weep but mom wanted it done this way , probably cause it didn't last long anyway ...LOL

Jeanne , Thank you and it seems like alot of our moms liked this pie , your mom must have liked the extra tartness that the lemon juice gives too.

Copper , Thank you and yes a clean bowl and beaters are very important , any impurities in the egg whites will cause the meringue to fail. It's funny how the smallest things can bring back such fond memories of our loved ones.

Cheryl , Thank you and sorry to hear your mom just passed this year. It's great that you also make your moms lemon pie , if your like me , you will most likely make it every Christmas from now on.

Nancy , Thank you I really enjoyed taking these step by step pictures and I talked to my mom as I was making this pie too , this was the first time I could bring my self to make a pie on her birthday and it's been 8 yrs since mom passed , it was nice and actually made me feel her closer to me...LOL