Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie
This is our famous recipe that results in the pie for all true lovers of Lemon Meringue Pie. It appears in an article featuring lemon pie recipes.
Combine the sugar, flour, salt and water in a heavy saucepan. Stir constantly over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Boil, stirring constantly and vigorously, for 1 minute. (A long-handled spoon to stir with really helps here to get you back from the heat.) Remove from heat.
Slightly beat the egg yolks in a bowl with a fork. Mix about one-third of the boiled mixture with the egg yolks; then pour the egg yolk mixture back into the pan with the boiled ingredients, and cook for 1 more minute, stirring constantly and, again, vigorously. Remove from heat, and add the butter.
Add the lemon zest and lemon juice. Stir to mix thoroughly.
Pour into cooled, baked 9-inch pie crust and top with meringue (recipes follow), sealing meringue to edge of pastry. Bake in a 350°F oven 12 to 15 minutes or until nicely browned. Makes one pie.
Prep time: 35 minutes; Cooking time: 15 minutes; Total time: 50 minutes
Recipe editor Patricia Mitchell
Pile atop pie, and bake at 350°F for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Pie NotesUnlike many lemon meringue pie recipes, our does not use corn starch. This recipe instead uses flour which we believe gives it a smoother texture.
Be sure to seal the meringue to the pastry edge when spreading it on your pie. To minimize "weeping", spread the meringue on the pie filling while the filling is hot. Also, remember that meringue pies cut better with a wet knife blade. We talk more in depth about the meringue for this recipe in our post Secrets to Good Meringue. The serving dishes in our photograph are Fiesta dinnerware.
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