Mimi's Lemon Meringue Pie

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"I think that this is the very best Lemon Meringue Pie you could ask for and so does my son. It is made with fresh lemons and is to die for--well not exactly, but it has great lemon flavor. Before putting the lemon filling in the pie shell, you will notice that a couple of tablespoons of the meringue go into the filling. It is wonderful. Once you make this, you will not want to have any other."

Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (144.2 g)
  • Calories 275.1
  • Total Fat - 4.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 0.6 mg
  • Sodium - 259.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 59.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.4 g
  • Sugars - 50.5 g
  • Protein - 0.5 g
  • Calcium - 6.1 mg
  • Iron - 0.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 6.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

In a saucepan combine the first 3 ingredients; heat to boiling.

Step 2

In a small bowl mix the cornstarch with the 1/3 cup water to make a paste; add to the boiling mixture gradually, stirring constantly; cook till thick and clear and then remove from heat.

Step 3

Combine the egg yolks and lemon juice and mix well; stir into thickened mixture slowly, stirring all the while as you don't want to scramble the eggs; another way to do this is to temper the eggs by adding a tad of the pan mixture to the eggs, mixing well, and then adding this to the pan.

Step 4

Return to the heat and cook, stirring constantly until mixture bubbles again; remove from heat and stir in butter and lemon peel.

Step 5

Cover and cool to lukewarm.

Step 6

MERINGUE: Add the salt to the egg white and beat till frothy; gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating till glossy peaks are formed.

Step 7

Stir 2 rounded tablespoons of the meringue into the lukewarm lemon filling and mix well; put the filling into a baked pie shell and pile the meringue on top, spreading to the edge of the shell.

Step 8

Bake in a 325-350 degree oven about 8-10 minutes till golden.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



What a superb pie this is! I loved it and so did my husband. He ate 3/4s of the pie in one day! The meringue didn't sweat or pull away from the edge and the filling was as you say, "to die for"!

review by:
(31 May 2013)


There's nothing better than homemade lemon pie and this one was enjoyed by my whole family, since I was serving 8 people I made two of them, every piece was gone before the night's end, thank you!

review by:
(21 Apr 2013)


After seeing this as Recipe of the Day, I whipped this up using a frozen pie crust, I can why you say it's the best I don't think there is a better one, thank you for posting your yummy recipe Mimi-in-Maine. Happy Holidays, regards Brandy

review by:
(25 Dec 2011)