World's Best Lemon Meringue Pie

"I grew up amid the citrus groves of Southern California in the '50s. On summer afternoons we kids would take a nap in the lemon grove, sun warming us, bees buzzing overhead. This pie tastes like my dreams there!"
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  • In saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt; blend in water.
  • Stir, while bringing to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir until thick, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return to hot mixture.
  • Bring to boiling and cook one minute, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add lemon peel and butter.
  • Slowly stir in 1/3 cup lemon juice.
  • Cool to lukewarm; pour into cooled pastry crust.

  • Beat egg whites with 1 teaspoon lemon juice to soft peaks.
  • Gradually add 6 tablespoons sugar, beating until stiff peaks form and ALL the sugar has dissolved (test with fingers).
  • Spread over filling, SEALING to edges of pastry to avoid shrinking.
  • Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees Fahrenheit) 12 to 15 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.
  • Cool pie thoroughly.

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  1. Absolutely wonderful! First time I've ever made a lemon meringue pie and I found it really simple to make and the filling comes out so smooth and creamy. No problem with a runny filling here! I added a little more lemon juice for a stronger lemon flavor and it was a big hit in the household! :) definitely a keeper!
  2. I made this with my grandma and we didn't follow the recipe exactly but it was still delicious! ;P
  3. Great tasting pie! I did have to add 3 extra TBS of cornstarch for mine to thicken correctly. I also added more lemon juice because we love lemons. I omitted the lemon juice from the meringue because it wouldn't peak when I put the lemon juice in. This pie was enjoyed by all
  4. Great with the exception of the amount of lemon zest. I reduced it to the zest of one lemon about 1 tsp. and it came out much better.
  5. Yummy!!! Much better then the mix stuff, but, just as easy.


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