Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 5 mins

This dessert is an old favourite of many! Everyone seems to LOVE it! It really IS delicious! For some UNKNOWN reason, I seem to make it more often in the cooler months of the year than in the spring or summer! I haven't included the preparation time here mainly because I usually make the pastry case well in advance.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift the flour and icing sugar into a bowl.
  2. Rub in the butter.
  3. Add the egg YOLK and enough water to make the ingredients cling together.
  4. Press the dough into a ball and knead lightly on a lightly floured surface until smooth.
  5. Cover/wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. Then, roll the dough out, large enough to line a 24cm flan tin.
  7. (ensure the tin is lightly greased before placing the pastry dough in) AT THIS STAGE you can either trim the edges now, or, wait until the pastry has been baked in the oven- this way the pastry will not"shrink" away fron the sides!
  8. (or atleast ALLOWS for any"shrinkage") Line the pastry with baking paper and fill with rice or beans.
  9. Bake in moderately hot oven (210-230'C) for 10 minutes after which time remove the paper and rice/beans and bake a further 10 minutes- or until the pastry is lightly browned.
  10. Cool to room temperature.
  11. Now make the filling and spread it into the pastry case: Combine the cornflour and sugar in a pan and GRADUALLY stir in the lemon juice and water.
  12. Stir until smooth and then stir over heat until the mixture boils (and thickens)- the mixture should be VERRRY thick!
  13. Reduce the heat and QUICKLY stir in the grated lemon rind, egg YOLKS and butter.
  14. Stir until the butter is melted then cover and cool to room temperature.
  15. Now for the MERINGUE!
  16. Beat the egg WHITES until soft peaks form, then GRADUALLY add the castor sugar.
  17. Beat well until sugar is dissolved.
  18. Spread the meringue on top or the filling.
  19. Bake in MODERATE oven (180-200'C) for about 5 minutes or until the meringue is lightly browned.
  20. TIP: ensure the meringue covers the edge of the pastry case- this will prevent the meringue from'sliding' in from the edge!
Most Helpful

This was such a good and easy recipe. The crust is delicious. The lemon filling is tart and sweet, great balance. The meringue looks so beautiful. It did not cool enough until 10:00 to put in the fridge. I actually ate a lice in the middle of the night. Couldn't help it! Great pie!

Yourrose99 July 11, 2010

I absolutely loved this. Made it for Thanksgiving and "accidentally" ate it the night before, so I need to make another, no fear, this is sooo easy. The only thing I had to change was baking the crust at about 325 degrees for about 15 mins (or more) and with the merangue on top as well at the same temp. Otherwise, it was perfect!!!

Chef Krisstina November 26, 2009

this was my first time trying lemon meringue and it turned out so good. I was never a fan before as i had never tasted homemade lemon meringue. this was a great recipe easy to follow and just really yummy. thank you!

trishy2 October 29, 2009