Fool-Proof Lemon Meringue Pie
Author: Cookie Madness
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 45 mins
An easy, basic recipe for tart lemon meringue pie
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • Baked 9-inch pie crust
  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  1. Assemble all the ingredients – especially meringue ingredients.
  2. In a 2- to 3-quart sauce pan that is not yet set over heat, mix 1 1/4 cups sugar with 6 tablespoons cornstarch and salt. Whisk in 1/2 cup cold water, lemon zest, and lemon juice, blending thoroughly. Whisk in the egg yolks. Add the butter and whisk in 1 1/2 cups boiling water.
  3. Set pan over medium or medium high heat (I used medium because the pot was on a larger burner and it was metal) and stir with a flexible heat-proof spatula scraper until mixture boils, about 7 minutes (mine boiled in about 5, but I let it go for 7). Reduce heat to medium (or low, in my case) and stir filling 1 minute more. Pour filling into pie crust and quickly make meringue.
  4. In bowl of a stand mixer using whisk attachment beat egg whites and cream of tartar until very foamy. Continue to beat at high speed and gradually add the sugar and cornstarch mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time. Then beat until whites hold stiff, glossy peaks. Spoon meringue onto hot pie filling. With a spatula, swirl meringue to cover filling completely, touching the rim of the pie shell.
  5. Bake in a 325 degree oven until meringue is browned, about 25 minutes. Set pie on rack until cool, about 3 hours. Serve immediately or store in a cake cover in refrigerator.
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