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mom's lemon meringue pie

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Katrina Freed
Newark, DE

My mother made everything from scratch. She didn't use a box, or a can of anything. Her lemon pie was no exception... made only with real lemons. My aunt always used mom's recipe and told stories of how she could walk out in her yard and pick fresh lemons to make it.

(2 ratings)
method Bake

Ingredients For mom's lemon meringue pie

  • 3
    egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1/3 c
    plus 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 2 tsp
    grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 c
    lemon juice
  • 2
    drops yellow food coloring
  • 3
    egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp
    cream of tartar
  • 6 Tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp

How To Make mom's lemon meringue pie

  • 1
    Prepare a pie shell using your favorite pie crust recipe. Prick sides and bottom with a fork and bake 10 minutes, then cool and set aside
  • 2
    Beat egg yolks in a small bowl and set aside
  • 3
    In a medium sized sauce pan, mix cornstarch and sugar then gradually stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixtures thickens and boils. Boil and stir one minute
  • 4
    Immediately stir half of the hot mixture into the small bowl of egg yolks, then pour contents of bowl back into sauce pan and stir. Boil and stir for 2 minutes
  • 5
    Remove from heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients for the filling
  • 6
    Pour filling into prepared pie crust
  • 7
    Beat egg whites and cream of tartar with electric mixer on high speed until foamy
  • 8
    Beat in sugar one tablespoon at a time
  • 9
    Continue beating until egg whites peak and turn glossy
  • 10
    Beat in vanilla
  • 11
    Spoon meringue over pie filling making sure to seal it all the way to the edge of the crust completely covering filling.
  • 12
    using a teaspoon make decorative peaks in the meringue as desired
  • 13
    Bake at 400 degrees for 8 - 12 minutes until meringue is light brown.
  • 14
    Remove from oven and allow to cool for two hours
  • 15
    Cover and refrigerate until serving time