By Kittencalskitchen on April 21, 2005
"One of the best recipes for lemon meringue pie! If you want a sky-high meringue, like the ones you see in bakery's, just use 6 egg whites (save yolks for another recipe), and double the sugar....I just use the same amount of cornstarch/water mixture when I use 6 egg whites. Prep time does not include making the meringue/cornstarch mixture. I have even made this pie using a graham cracker crust (the graham crust goes very well if topping with whip cream or Cool Whip), also if you prefer a very tart lemon pie add in another 2-3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. I most always prepare the crust and then fill with the filling the night before and let it thicken in the fridge overnight then top with the meringue the following day. Also in place of the meringue, I have many times topped it with Cool Whip or whipped cream, it it excellent that way also. Which ever way you choose to make it, it is a wonderful lemon pie recipe. *NOTE* if you are worried about scorching the bottom of the pan, then you can also make the filling in the microwave, here's how...in a large 8-cup microwave-safe bowl whisk together the sugar and cornstarch, add in all the remaining ingredients whisk to combine and microwave on HIGH for about 8 minutes (might take longer or less time) removing three times to whisk, make certain to cook the filling until hot, bubbly and thickened, then add in the 2 tsp vinegar and 3 tablespoons butter, this method works well and no scorched pans!"
Serving Size: 1 (185 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
"The flavor of the lemon was great, but the meringue collapsed and got very water after the pie cooled.
I have made many pies with meringues so I'm not really sure what went wrong."
"I found that the egg whites would not thicken"
"We think this is the best ever lemon pie. I used to make it a lot but lost the recipe I'd cut out of the newspaper column Ann Landers had posted. Thank you for posting it here. We'll make it for our Father's Day celebration this week-end."
"I have made this pie again, hoping it would turn out this time. The first time the meringue was a complete flop as was the second time. The flavor wasn't bad but I will not attempt this particular recipe again."
"Top Notch! This pie is perfection! The taste is right on, and I'm a TRUE Citruholic! :-) Nice-n-tangy and just sweet enough. I did add more lemon juice, because I LOVE lemon. Also, I started out with a double-boiler (bowl over simmering water), but I couldn't get the mixture hot enough to thicken, it was just on the verge. I transferred it out of the bowl, turned down the burner and put it in the pan and within minutes it thickened up beautifully. I added extra lemon zest and 1/8 tsp. of lemon oil at the butter and vinegar stage, and taste tested. KA-POW! I topped it with meringue (6 egg whites! Mile high! I had extra egg whites I thawed from the freezer.) and browned it for exactly ten minutes at 350. Beautiful, golden brown. Another great recipe from KittenCal. Thanks. This recipe won't disappoint if you follow the instructions."
"Hello Kittencal Thanks for a very nice meringue recipe. I make a great pie filling, but not so great meringue. This worked very well. didn't make it so sweet, but doubled as I was making 2 pies. It makes plenty!! Judy in WA"
"Was delicious! I'm sure I'll make again."
"I received the most wonderful compliments from serving this pie. It looked right out of a food magazine. I followed your directions exactly. I added the food coloring and I doubled the meringue. I've had orders for whole pies. Thank you."
"I found this recipe on the internet last year and it is THE ABSOLUTE BEST lemon meringe pie that I have EVER tasted! The recipe was Ann Landers Best Lemon Meringue Pie. I started to post it here myself, but you beat me to it!"