I am a "LMP" fiend. The secret to a spectacular never-fail LMP is using 6 eggs. Once I made this version by Harriett Westman from "Blue Ribbon Winners: America's Best State Fair Recipes", this became my signature dessert. I adjust my portion size to the number of WW points left for the day; I calculate 1/8 of a pie as 10 points. Please allow 4 hours for cooling before serving. With 6 egg yolks, this is indeed a rich Southern custard filling with lemon juice added. For a more pronounced lemon flavor, use juice from up to 5 medium-size lemons, and reduce the water correspondingly; I have only made the standard recipe, which our family likes a lot.
- 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell (with high fluted edge)
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 dash salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 6 egg yolks (slightly beaten)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons lemon peel, grated
- 6 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 6 egg whites (at room temperature)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- BAKE 9-INCH FLUTED PIE SHELL:.
- Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C).
- Fit the crust into a pie plate and flute the edge.
- Prick the bottom and sides of the crust with a fork.
- Bake at 400°F (205°C) for 5 minutes.
- Allow to cool while preparing rest of recipe.
- PREPARE LEMON FILLING:.
- In a medium-size heavy saucepan, mix 1-1/2 cups sugar, cornstarch, flour and salt.
- Gradually add water, stirring until well blended.
- Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; cook 3 minutes.
- Remove hot mixture from heat.
- Slowly pour about half of mixture into slightly beaten egg yolks, stirring constantly.
- Slowly pour egg yolk mixture back into hot mixture, stirring constantly.
- Return saucepan to heat.
- Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and cook 3 minutes more.
- Add lemon peel, lemon juice, and butter.
- Cook about 2 minutes more, stirring with a rubber spatula in a circular motion. DO NOT LET MIXTURE STICK TO BOTTOM OF PAN. Filling will be very thick and spatula will leave a track when drawn through filling.
- Cover saucepan and remove from heat; keep warm.
- PREPARE MERINGUE:.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
- In a large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy.
- Beat in 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Beat in vanilla extract with the last tablespoon of sugar.
- Continue beating until egg whites hold a soft peak.
- Set aside.
- ASSEMBLE PIE:.
- If filling has cooled, reheat, stirring constantly, before spooning into baked pie shell.
- Starting around the edge of pie, spoon meringue over filling, making sure meringue touches fluting on pie shell.
- Bake in preheated 350°F (175°C) oven 15 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.
- COOL 4 HOURS BEFORE SERVING:.
- Cool about 4 hours at room temperature before cutting.
- Makes one 9-inch pie.
I really enjoyed this pie, but as others have stated the filling was too sweet. I followed the recipe as written, but must have done something wrong, as there was a lot of watery liquid on top of the filling below the meringue after it cooled. I'm wondering if maybe the filling was cooked too long? (3 minutes seemed long to me.) I made two crusts, so I will probably try again with the second crust and use Splenda instead of sugar, also reducing the amount to 1 cup. Otherwise, the flavor was wonderful, and the meringue was great too!
Note: After another attempt from a different recipe I had at home, I can say the most important thing here is to have the filling at a full boil before putting on the meringue. Also, bake the meringue at 325F for 20 min. and you should get better results. The other recipe cooked the cornstarch with a little water before adding it to the egg whites, and I liked that flavor better.
The Meringue on this was divine but the filling tasted too much like egg yolks. I followed the directions perfectly, using 6 yolks. Since this recipe does not specify, I used large eggs as that is what is generally used when cooking/baking. Perhaps using yolks from small eggs or even fewer eggs would be better. We could not eat this because of the yolky taste in the filling. Edited to Add: I initially forgot to give this a star rating, thanks for the z-mail reminder Kate!
I should have listened to the lone negative review. As stated, this should be called a Yolk Meringue Pie, not lemon. The yolks were so overwhelming the lemon flavor was almost completely lost. I have made a lot of Lemon Meringue pies in my years, some good and some bad but this was by far the worst. I will use this recipe for my meringue from now on, it was perfect, but the pie was just awful. I am giving it one star based on the meringue - the pie doesn't deserve any stars at all. Sorry.