Lemon Meringue Pie

Old-fashioned lemon meringue pie explodes with the sunny flavors of a summer’s day, perfect for a picnic or Sunday supper.

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

By Sue Lau |  Palatable Pastime

“This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.”

Lemon Meringue Pie

Welcome back  to summer desserts  week! I am posting  all week long a collection of sweets suitable for the season. In case you may have missed them, so far for Summer Dessert Week I have also posted:

No-Churn Caramel Fudge Crunch Ice Cream

No-Churn Caramel Fudge Crunch Ice Cream

Indian Rice Pudding (Kheer)

Indian Rice Pudding (Kheer)

We have a great giveaway (which you can  enter below) as well  as tons of  other recipes to look  at from  allied bloggers.

Special thanks  to Adams Extracts for providing  the  flavorings used  in this  recipe!

Adams product used: Clear Vanilla Extract

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Lemon Meringue Pie

My recipe  of  the day is  for  lemon meringue  pie. As an old-fashioned pie, it is one of my  favorites as lemon is one of my favorite flavors.

We start  off on this pie by blind baking or par baking the crust. This is done by  putting  the crust in  the  pie plate, pricking it with a fork,  topping  with a little parchment, and then pie weights or dry beans (either work well) my pie weights disappeared from the cabinet or I would have. Things like that happen, like finding my cream of tartar where it was not supposed to be.

Parbaking pie crust

The filling is essentially just lemon curd. There are lots  of  uses for  lemon curd beyond pie, such  as putting on scones  with  a bit of clotted cream.

Lemon Pie Filling (curd)

Whipping the meringue is very easy with an electric mixer fitted with a whip. The KitchenAid  makes very  short work  of it.

Whipping meringue

Filling  goes into  the par baked crust and gets immediately topped with meringue.

Pie filling in shell

I’d note  how gorgeously white this is,  but it  is also stunning when the whirls of meringue brown in the oven. Or you could use a torch  and skip the oven. Don’t ask me where my torch is. In places more remote than pie weights or cream of tartar I suspect, in the dragon-horde of my kitchen gremlin. His favorite is plastic container lids.

Oh, he has been to your place  too?

unbaked meringue

The pie is nicely browned and looks ready to eat, but still needs to chill for a few hours to get the curd to solidify. It works quite the same  way  as  a custard pudding,  sans milk.

whole lemon meringue pie

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Lemon Meringue Pie

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
chill time 6 hours
Course Dessert, Pie
Cuisine American


  • Electric Mixer
  • Food Processor


  • 1 9-inch pie crust fitted into a deep dish pie plate

Pie Filling:

  • Zest from 3 large lemons
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon Adams clear vanilla extract


  • 6 egg whites at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar or superfine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Adams clear vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Prick bottom of pie crust with a fork, then line with a round parchment sheet and pie weights (or uncooked beans if you have to).
  • Parbake unfilled in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until light brown, then remove and cool.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  • Zest lemons and reserve then juice lemons (should have one cup total, if not, top up with water and set aside.
  • Pulse granulated sugar with lemon zest in a food processor to mix.
  • Separate eggs into cups of white and yolk.
  • Set aside the whites until you make the meringue.
  • Place lemon sugar in a skillet with the cornstarch, salt, lemon juice and water, whisking until smooth.
  • Heat the lemon filling over low heat, stirring, until it comes to a boil; boil one minute then remove from heat.
  • Whisk the yolks in a bowl and add one ladle of filling, quickly whisking to blend, then do this again twice, until yolk mix is hot.
  • Stir the yolk mix into the filling mix and heat again until it comes to a boil, then boil one minute.
  • Stir in clear vanilla extract and remove from heat.
  • Cover and keep warm.
  • If not using superfine (caster/baker's) sugar, place it in a food processor and pulse a few times until it has a softer grain.
  • Place egg whites in an electric mixer fitted with a wire whip; add cream of tartar and mix until frothy, then add sugar gradually and run until stiff glossy peaks form.
  • Place lemon filling in crust and top with meringue, making deep swirls into the meringue for best browning.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the meringue is nicely browned.
  • Cool pie to room temperature then chill 4-6 hours to let the filling set up fully.


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Lemon Meringue Pie

Summer Dessert Week

Welcome to the 3rd Annual #SummerDessertWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. This week-long summer time event is filled with some down right amazing sweet recipes from fantastic bloggers and we’ve got some great giveaways from our generous sponsors for y’all too!! We can’t wait to share all of these summer-themed desserts with you and celebrate sweet, sweet summertime all week long!

SUmmer Dessert Week

There are 45 incredible bloggers participating in this year’s #SummerDessertWeek event! Thanks to those bloggers, we have over 168 summer time sweet treat recipes being shared this week! Grab a few recipes to try out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

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Check out the amazing #SummerDessertWeek recipes from our bloggers today!

Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts:

Summertime Pies:

Sweet Summertime Cakes and Cupcakes:

No Bake Treats:

Baked Desserts:



prize 1

Dixie Crystals is giving away one (1)Keurig® K-Select® Coffee Maker


prize 2

Prize #2 — Adam’s Extract is giving away – 1 Gift Pack – including Adams Poundcake Kit, Adams Best, Adams Lemon Extract, Adams Natural Food Color, and Adams Cinnamon Sugar


prize 3

Prize #3 —Wilton is giving away a Wilton Gift Pack – including – Bake and Bring Geometric Print Non-Stick 13 x 9 -inch Oblong Pan, Bake and Bring Geometric Print Non-Stick 8-inch Square Cake Pan, Bake and Bring Geometric Print Non-Stick 8-inch Round Cake Pan, Peach Cobbler Candy Melts Candy, Blueberry Lemonade Candy Melts Candy, Orange Crème Candy Melts Candy, Key Lime Pie Decorating Icing Pouch with Tips, Orange Crème Decorating Icing Pouch with Tips, Pop Art Triangle and Solid Cupcake Liners, Geometric Print and Solid Green Cupcake Liners, Balloon Dog Icing Decorations, Assorted Brights and Pastels Sprinkles, Blue Sprinkles Tackle Box, Coral Sprinkles Tackle Box, DIY-Lish Mermaid Kit, DIY-Lish Candy Lollipop Kit and Disposable Decorating Bags with 1M Tips


prize 4

Prize #4 — Sweets & Treats Boutique is giving away 1 (one) baking supply box including an assortment of sprinkles and cupcake liners as well as one of Love From The Oven’s recent cookbooks!


prize 5

Prize #5 — Anolon is giving one (1) winner an Anolon Advanced Graphite 9″ Round Springform Pan & an Anolon Advanced Graphite 9″ Square Springform Pan

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Giveaway open to US Residents 18 years or older. All entries will be verified. No PO Boxes Please. Prizes will be sent directly from sponsors to winners, bloggers are not responsible for prizes. This giveaway runs from July 7th – July 14th at 12AMEST. Winners will be selected soon afterward and contacted by e-mail. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. There are a total of 5 (five) prizes and therefore we will have a total of 5 (five) winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #SummerDessertWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like to Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Wilton, Sweets and Treats Shop and Anolon ! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #SummerDessertWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.

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