Lemon Meringue Pie 101: Everything You Need to Know About this Classic Dessert

If you’re a fan of tangy and sweet desserts, then lemon meringue pie is an absolute must-try. This classic dessert combines the bright flavor of lemons with a fluffy meringue topping, making it a favorite among many. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced baker, this article will guide you through the process of making a delicious lemon meringue pie that will impress your friends and family.

The Perfect Crust for Your Lemon Meringue Pie

The crust is the foundation of any pie, and getting it just right is crucial for a successful lemon meringue pie. There are two main types of crusts that work well with this dessert: traditional pastry crust and graham cracker crust.

For a traditional pastry crust, start by combining flour, salt, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Cut in cold butter or shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add ice water until the dough comes together. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and transfer it to your pie dish. Blind bake the crust before adding the filling to ensure it stays crisp.

If you prefer a graham cracker crust, simply combine crushed graham crackers with melted butter and sugar. Press the mixture into your pie dish and refrigerate it until firm before adding the filling.

The Irresistible Lemon Filling

The luscious lemon filling is what sets this pie apart from other desserts. To make the perfect lemon filling, you’ll need fresh lemons, sugar, cornstarch, eggs, water, and butter.

Start by whisking together sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Gradually add water while whisking continuously to avoid lumps. Cook over medium heat until thickened. In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks until smooth and gradually whisk in the hot sugar mixture. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook until it thickens further.

Once thickened, remove the saucepan from heat and add freshly squeezed lemon juice and butter. Stir until well combined and let the filling cool slightly before pouring it into your prepared crust.

The Fluffy Meringue Topping

The meringue topping is what gives this pie its signature look. To make a fluffy meringue, you’ll need egg whites, cream of tartar, sugar, and vanilla extract.

Start by beating egg whites and cream of tartar together until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar while continuing to beat until stiff peaks form. Finally, add vanilla extract and beat for another minute.

Spread the meringue over the lemon filling, making sure to seal it against the crust to prevent shrinking or weeping during baking. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to create decorative peaks on top of the meringue.

Baking and Serving Your Lemon Meringue Pie

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) before baking your lemon meringue pie. Place it in the center rack and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the meringue is golden brown.

Once baked, allow your pie to cool completely before slicing and serving. This will ensure that the filling sets properly and makes for clean slices. Lemon meringue pie is best served chilled or at room temperature.


Now that you know all there is to know about making a delicious lemon meringue pie, it’s time to put your skills to the test. Follow these steps carefully, from creating a perfect crust to whipping up a fluffy meringue topping, and you’ll have an impressive dessert that will leave everyone asking for seconds. Enjoy.

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