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Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie is a classic dessert that has stood the test of time. This recipe combines a creamy, tart lemon filling with a fluffy meringue topping for an irresistible dessert. The combination of sweet and tangy flavors makes this pie perfect for any occasion.
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Author: Dr. Leah Alexander
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 580kcal


  • Pie dish
  • Rolling Pin
  • Electric beater or mixer
  • Spatula
  • Whisk


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1.5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cups water
  • 2 freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted butter
  • 1 9 inch pie crusts, baked
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 4 egg yolks beaten


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup of sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually stir in water and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.
  • Remove from heat; stir in butter, lemon zest, and egg yolks. Pour into prepared pie crust.
  • In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until foamy to make meringue. Add cream of tartar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar; beat until glossy. Spread over filling.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.. Reduce heat to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Cool before serving.


- If desired, use a store-bought crust for added convenience.
- For an extra lemony flavor, add more lemon zest and juice to the filling.
- To ensure the meringue is crunchy on the top, make sure that none of the fillings touches it when you spread it over the pie.
-If you are worried about the meringue sticking to the pie, try brushing it with a bit of melted butter before baking.
- To make sure that meringue is evenly spread across the top of the pie, use an offset spatula.
- When you beat your egg whites for the meringue topping, make sure to add cream of tartar to help stabilize them.
- For a more decorative finish, you can use a pastry bag and pipe the meringue on your pie.
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