Grandma’s Lemon Meringue Pie

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Delightful Citrus Bliss Pie: Prepare to embark on a culinary journey with this exquisite lemony delight. The recipe is a breeze to follow, promising a sensational end result. The filling offers a zesty, refreshing twist without any hint of sogginess.

This recipe is a joy to undertake, inspired by the simplicity of cherished family traditions. Our pie is luxuriously thickened with the harmonious blend of cornstarch, flour, and golden egg yolks, all without the use of milk.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes | Cooking Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 (9-inch) pre-baked pie crust
  • 4 egg whites
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar


  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Crafting the Luscious Lemon Filling: In a medium saucepan, whisk together 1 cup of granulated sugar, flour, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. Introduce water, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and the vibrant zest of lemons into the mixture. Over medium-high heat, stir diligently until the concoction reaches a gentle boil. Incorporate the velvety butter. In a small bowl, place your egg yolks and gradually whisk in 1/2 cup of the steaming sugar mixture. Now, reunite the egg yolk blend with the remainder of the sugar mixture, returning it to a simmer while maintaining a vigilant stir. Watch with glee as it thickens to perfection. Remove from heat and lovingly pour the sunshine-filled filling into the pre-baked pastry shell.
  3. Crafting the Cloud-Like Meringue: In a generously sized glass or metal bowl, whip the egg whites until they froth with excitement. Gradually introduce the remaining 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar while continuing to whip until you achieve those coveted stiff peaks. Gently spread this ethereal meringue over the pie, ensuring it lovingly seals the edges at the crust.
  4. Allow your masterpiece to dance in the preheated oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until the meringue’s peaks turn a mesmerizing golden brown.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving):

  • Calories: 298
  • Fat: 10.3 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 49.7 grams
  • Protein: 4.4 grams
  • Cholesterol: 110 mg
  • Sodium: 229 mg

Indulge in the essence of sunshine captured in each slice of this enchanting citrus bliss pie.

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