On Line Cookbook

Lemon Meringue

Recipe Information
cool and delicious



  • 1 9" baked pie crust
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1-1/2 cups (350 ml) sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) cornstarch plus
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 cups (350 ml) water
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) stick margarine or butter
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) lemon juice
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring
  • Meringue for 9" pie:
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1-1/4 tsp (6 ml) cream of tartar
  • 6 tbsp (90 ml) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) vanilla
  • Prepare and bake 9" pie crust. Use your favorite recipe.
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees (200 C.).
  • Beat egg yolks with a fork in small bowl.
  • Mix sugar and cornstarch together in 2 quarts (1900 ml) pan.
  • Gradually add and stir in water.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens and boils.
  • Boil and stir 1 minute.
  • Immediately, stir at least half of the hot mixture into egg yolks; stir back into hot mixture in saucepan.
  • Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat.
  • Stir in margarine, lemon peel, lemon juice, and food color.
  • Pour into crust.
  • Prepare meringue for 9" pie as follows:
  • Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in medium bowl with electric mixer on high until foamy.
  • Beat in sugar, 1 tbsp (15 ml) at a time; continue beating until stiff and glossy. Do Not underbeat.
  • Beat in vanilla
  • Spoon onto hot pie filling. Spread over filling, carefully sealing meringue to edge of crust to prevent shrinking or weeping (very important!).
  • Bake 8-12 minutes or until meringue is light and brown.
  • Cool with no draft.
  • Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  • Immediately refrigerate any remaining leftover pie.
This is a classic! and very good. It is really important to get the meringue clear to the edge of the pie as it does shrink. Also when making the meringue, be sure the egg whites have not a speck of yolk or grease as it will not rise. It is also good to have the egg whites at room temperature. My mom was famous in our family for this pie.