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I was having company over and wanted to make something different for dessert. Something I have never tried before. Within no time at all, I was googling recipes for Lemon Meringue Pie.

I looked at several recipes/blogs before deciding that I was going to use the recipe from the blog: Sweet as Sugar Cookies, which she found from Cookie Madness.

It seemed easy:

  1. Make a pie crust
  2. Make the lemon filling
  3. Make the egg whites

Lemon Meringue Pie

Pie Crust:

Most of the recipes said “prepared pie crust”. Naturally I wanted to make my own.

I used a recipe from  Suite 101 written by Donna Diegel.  Click for the recipe and her useful tips.

Egg Whites: ( recipe taken from Betty Crocker)

3 egg whites

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

6 tablespoons of sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla


Beat egg whites on high with an electric mixer till foamy. Beat in sugar , 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue beating till eggs are stiff and glossy. Beat in the vanilla.



1 1/4 cup sugar

1/8 tsp sgar

1/2 cup cold water

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1/2 cup lemon juice

4 egg yolks

1 tablespoon butter (at room temperature)

1 1/2 cup boiling water


Combine sugar, cornstarch, salt in a saucepan.

Whisk in 1/2 cup cold water, lemon zest and lemon juice. Blend thoroughly. Add the butter and whisk in 1 1/2 cups boiling water.

Set pan over medium heat and stir until mixture boils (about 7 minutes). Reduce heat and stir one more minute. Pour hot filling into pie crust, and top with meringue. Spread to the edges of the pie crust to create a seal and prevent shrinkage.

Bake in a preheated oven that at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes and cool for two hours.

DO NOT (repeat – DO NOT) cover or it will WEEP. (I learned my lesson).

Making Lemon Meringue Pie,  was easy and not so easy! (does that make sense?). Did I make the pie crust too tough? did the lemon filling thicken enough? did the egg whites get stiff? I was a wreck.

However as each step was accomplished I was PROUD.

WOW – I just made the pie crust!

Wow – I just made the filling

WOW – I just made eggwhites!

Best part – wow – I DID IT. I DID IT.

I have to admit, that my stomach was in a knot for the full hour that I was preparing this recipe. I’m just not use to making crust, filling, and meringues. But it was worth it and I know that the next time I make this recipe it will get easier.

I finally served the pie and everyone enjoyed it but received some feedback that the pie crust was too tough. Good to know.

I would love to go to a pie crust 101 class!! Anyone else want to join me?

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6 Responses to “My First Attempt At Making Lemon Meringue Pie”

  1. January 17th, 2012 at 18:47 | #1

    I think I may have an idea to help with your pie crust….have you ever made graham wafer pie crust ?!! Wow…is it DELICIOUS ! super easy to make too. We love it with lemon meringue.

    I have a wee pie crust recipe that is SIMPLE and tasty too. I blogged about it in the summer. You can make the pie crust and you don’t even need a rolling pin 🙂 my kind of baking.

    I am an interior designer, but this is the one and only recipe I ever blogged about…hope you like…


  2. mc in Toronto
    January 18th, 2012 at 08:26 | #2

    Good for you. I am not so brave. My mom makes at least one of these a year for my brother’s birthday, even though he is in his 40’s now. 😉 She has a fantastic and flaky pie crust… I will try to get you her recipe and see if there are any differences or tricks! Congrats though!!

  3. Ilsa Kamen
    January 18th, 2012 at 09:13 | #3

    I will try and find my late mother’s recipe for dough but I know she made it with Crisco and a drop of vinegar (that was key).

    Pie looked great.

  4. elkie hart
    January 18th, 2012 at 09:55 | #4

    I tasted the pie & thought it was quite good.
    I agree the crust was a bit tough but it was good for the first attempt.


  5. Matt
    January 18th, 2012 at 16:36 | #5

    This was great! me and the kids loved it – it was practically inhaled

  6. January 26th, 2012 at 21:36 | #6

    hmm this looks easy enough! I should try it out one day, my bf LOVES lemon meringue pie! 🙂

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