Depression Lemon Pie

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

My granmother made this. It melts in your mouth .

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Break crustless bread into small pieces to make 1 1/2 Cups.
  2. Add butter and pour boiling water on top. Let stand 10 minutes.
  3. Mix sugar and cornstarch, add beaten egg yolks, juice and zest.
  4. Pour over bread and stir until creamy.
  5. Pour into pieshell and bake at 400 until crust is golden brown and filling is set. About 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Cover with meringue made by beating 2 egg whites till foamy and gradually adding 4 Tbsp of sugar.
  7. Bake in 325 oven till lightly browned.


Most Helpful

I am looking for economical easy pie recipes. This fits the criteria. I did not use all of the lemon zest as the recipe stated, but three long strips of zest, cut in small lengths. I also did not make the meringue. We like cool whip or whipped cream on top. This was so creamy and lemoney. It was quick using the microwave for the water. I did prebake the crust a little so it would not get soggy. I also wrapped the edges of the crust with foil to prevent extra browning. Thanks for posting.

Montana Heart Song July 16, 2009

Before I just saw this recipe I used to make this, without the bread or zest, but with evrything else. The filling is the same as the commercial boxed fillings, and it makes a great pie!

Rainbow - Chef 536866 February 17, 2010

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