Lemon Meringue Pie Grandma’s Recipe

Whenever I think of my Grandma, I always think of two things; Lemon Meringue Pie and Fudge. My Grandma made my Grandpa this recipe for  homemade lemon meringue pie at least once a week throughout their marriage. Now that’s true love! I don’t recall her ever eating a slice of pie and after he passed away, I don’t think she ever made another pie, I wondered why? Grandma’s Lemon Meringue Pie is delicious!

And the Moral to the Story

One day when I was visiting my grandma, I asked her if she had a recipe for lemon meringue pie. It was Easter time and I offered to bring a pie to my in-laws house for dessert. When she said that she did, she told me the story about making a pie for Grandpa at least once a week, every week, throughout their marriage. (that’s a lot of pies!) I commented that she must really like lemon meringue pie, since she took the time to make her and grandpa a pie every week. She looked at me and said, “I’ve made so many pies, that I can’t stand the sight of a lemon meringue pie!” Well that explains everything!

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We ♥ Pie

My Grandma might not have liked lemon meringue pie but I surely do and so does my hubby. In fact, I’ve had people beg me to make this pie recipe for them. With that being said, this recipe is a keeper. I think my Grandma would be happy to know that after all of these years, I’m still making her recipe for lemon meringue pie AND I have a food blog to share it on.

Fast and Easy

If you have never attempted to make a lemon meringue pie before, never fear! It’s really not as difficult as you might think. I use a refrigerated pie crust which makes things easier but you can make a homemade single crust if you prefer. The lemon filling is basically a homemade lemon pudding/pie filling, that is super easy to make. The meringue topping is just egg whites beaten with cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. That’s it!

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Lemon Meringue Pie

Grandma Rose made this recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie for many years. This recipe has definitely  stood the test of time.
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  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons heaping cornstarch
  • juice from 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 3 egg yolks, save whites for meringue topping
  • 1 tablespoon heaping butter
  • 1 14.1 oz package refrigerated ready pie crust
  • Meringue
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar


  • Stir together sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan.
  • Add rest of ingredients. Stir
  • Place pan on top of a double boiler or over a large pan of simmering water.
  • Cook until thick, stirring constantly.
  • This can take anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon butter.
  • Remove pan from simmering water. Let cool.
  • Make crust according to package directions for one-crust pie. Spoon filling into baked pie shell. Make meringue.
  • Beat egg whites with salt and cream of tartar until foamy. Continue beating until soft peaks form. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar at a time over egg whites, beating well after each addition, beat whites until stiff peaks form.
  • Spread egg whites on filling, spread filling to the edges to seal.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven until whites are golden brown, about 10 to 15 minutes. Watching closely. 
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Products used in this recipe: Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust.