Thursday, June 29, 2006

Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe



This pie has a tender pastry crust, a tangy lemon filling and a topping of soft, fluffy meringue. We like to serve it cold with vanilla ice cream. It is best consumed within a day of making as the filling can start to soften the pastry.

We do not recommend using margarine as a substitute for butter in the lemon filling. Because butter sets harder than margarine, the filling will be softer if margarine is used.

We use a 20ml measuring tablespoon. If you are using a 15ml tablespoon, you will need to use 6 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon of cornflour for the filling (otherwise the filling may be too soft).

You will need about 3 lemons for this recipe.

Serves about 8.

We use a 20ml tablespoon and 250ml measuring cup for all of our recipes.

Pastry
70g (1/2 cup) self-raising flour
130g (3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon) plain flour
30g (1 tablespoon plus 3 teaspoons) caster sugar
120g cold butter, cut into pieces
1 large egg (we use eggs with a minimum weight of 59g)

Lemon Filling
56g (4 tablespoons plus 3 teaspoons) cornflour
170g (3/4 cup) sugar
180ml (2/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons) fresh lemon juice
230ml (2/3 cup plus 1/4 cup) water
60g butter, cut into pieces
3 large egg yolks (we use eggs with a minimum weight of 59g)

Meringue
3 large egg whites
170g (3/4 cup) caster sugar

Begin by making the pastry. Place the self-raising and plain flours, caster sugar and butter in a food processor. Process on medium speed for about 20 seconds, until mixture resembles fine fresh breadcrumbs (there shouldn't be any large chunks of butter).

Add egg and process on medium speed for about 15-30 seconds, until egg is incorporated and mixture clumps together.

Form dough into a flattened round and place in a freezer bag or wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour.

Combine cornflour, sugar, lemon juice and water in medium saucepan. Stir until mixture is smooth. © exclusivelyfood.com.au

Place saucepan over medium-high heat and stir constantly until mixture reaches the boil (this will probably take about 7-10 minutes). Reduce heat to low and continue stirring for about 30-40 seconds, until mixture changes from cloudy to transparent and becomes thick and smooth.

Remove saucepan from heat and vigorously stir in butter and egg yolks. Continue stirring until all the butter has melted and the ingredients are well combined.

Pour filling into a small container, cover and refrigerate until cold.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Celsius fan-forced). If you are not using a fan-forced oven, adjust the oven rack to the lower-middle position.

Roll out pastry between two sheets of baking paper or on a lightly floured board to fit a 23cm (9 inch) pie plate (pastry should be about 4mm thick and 29cm diameter). Lift pastry into pie plate and gently press into dish.

Trim pastry overhanging the sides.

Place a sheet of baking paper on top of the pastry and fill with pastry weights or uncooked rice.

Bake at 180 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Celsius fan-forced) for 10 minutes. Remove weights/rice and baking paper and bake for 10-15 minutes more, until the pastry is a light golden colour. Allow pastry shell to cool completely.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius, or 190 degrees Celsius fan-forced. If you are not using a fan-forced oven, adjust the oven rack to the middle position.

To make meringue, place egg whites in a large bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high speed until at soft peak stage (when the beater is lifted, a peak will form and then droop over). Add the sugar gradually, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition. Once all the sugar has been added, continue beating until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is thick and glossy. To test whether the sugar has dissolved, rub a small amount of meringue between your thumb and finger. If you can still feel sugar crystals, beat the meringue for another minute then test again.

Spoon lemon filling into cooled pastry shell and spread evenly. Dollop meringue on top of the lemon filling. Spread meringue to cover filling. Form peaks in the meringue with a spoon (we press the back of a spoon against the surface of the meringue, then lift the spoon to form a peak).

Bake for about 7-10 minutes, or until meringue is lightly coloured.

Allow pie to cool to room temperature. Cover pie and refrigerate until cold.

Slice chilled pie into wedges and serve. Store pie in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
© www.exclusivelyfood.com.au


159 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just beautiful! I've tried so many recipes and have always had problems. This one was just perfect. Thanks

4/8/06 8:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was the best lemon meringue pie ive ever had!(and i've tried a lot of them) And still cant believe i cooked one as good as this. It was a hit at our fathers day dinner we had tonight. I searched the net after losing my normal recipe that i use and i must say that this one was 10 times better.So easy to make and so so yummy.....thanks so much

3/9/06 5:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made this yesterday and it turned out perfectly (and I rarely bake)! My man was suitably impressed, as were the girls at work who consumed the leftovers today! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

7/9/06 5:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i made this lemon meringue pie in my home ec class and i got great marks (which is really unusual for me, i can't cook) it was great and my friends all loved it at lunch, thanks muchly

~Lu

21/9/06 12:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been searching for ages for a great lemon mreingue pie recipe which keeps for a day without the meringue weeping. Thanks so much for posting this recipe which is definitely the best I have tried.

23/10/06 3:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

delicious!

20/2/07 9:41 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cooked this for a friend whos favourite sweet is this one and I made her go, "mmmmmm im impressed!" So thankyou for this recipe.

24/2/07 1:48 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have made about 4 lemon meringue pies in the past and never got it right, however this recipe was so easy and my mum said it was the best she had ever tasted. It looked better than one you would buy in a shop... thanks for the recipe this is the best website.. off to try something else now

19/3/07 9:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i had this pie and it was THE bomb

19/3/07 4:51 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have been looking for another pud this is quick easy and delicious the best lemon meringue pie we have ever eaten great hot or cold

27/5/07 2:21 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really yummy recipe easy to make and lemon filling has fantasic tangy flavour, thanks.

5/6/07 3:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is simply the most easiest recipes ever for Lemon Meringue Pie. This Pies are simply to Die for.

15/6/07 10:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TRULY AWESOME!

Very easy too!!

29/6/07 4:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful reipe it is so easy and quik to make after the first Lemon meringue i made i made 5 more the same week. It is so yum

9/7/07 11:50 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My pie looked great but when I went to serve it the lemon filling was not set and made for very sloppy end to dinner! What went wrong??

24/7/07 6:39 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude, who ever said the pie wuz sloppy is wrong, since u need 2 chill. the pie i mean, with only the filling in the fridge for aleast 4 hours, them make the meringue, slop in on, make swirly motions, and bake for ten minutes or until the meringue in slightly golden

28/7/07 9:50 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this pie, is a make ahead pie, but withbeautiful results

28/7/07 9:51 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looked fabulous but filling ran - I will chill longer next time & hope that works.
Way too lemony - husband & kids giggling over faces it made us make - maybe when using fresh lemons from tree it should be less juice.
Looks promising though so I will try again.

29/7/07 7:05 pm  
Blogger Amanda & Debbie said...

If you have made this pie and the filling was too soft, but you wish to try again, we have added more detail to the instructions to help you get a better result. Here are some tips to help ensure that the filling isn't too soft.

1. Measure the ingredients as accurately as possible. Weighing the ingredients using good digital scales will probably give the best result.

2. Cornflour is the main thickener in the filling. If you are using a tablespoon to measure the cornflour and your measuring tablespoon is not an Australian metric tablespoon (20ml or 4 teaspoon capacity), then you might not be using enough cornflour. Unfortunately, some measuring tablespoons available in Australia have a 15ml or 3 teaspoon capacity. (In a number of other countries, one tablespoon equals 15ml.) To test yours, see how many 5ml teaspoons of water will fit into one tablespoon.

3. Once the cornflour, sugar, lemon and water mixture has come to the boil and you have reduced the heat, don't remove the saucepan from the heat until the mixture is thick, smooth and transparent.

4. Use butter, not margarine, in the filling (see the reason stated at the start of the recipe).

5. The filling is firmer when the pie is served cold.

1/8/07 10:25 pm  
Blogger David Bennett said...

One tip I have is that I use a teaspoon of lemon juice in my meringue, it makes it a little zinger and works better with the pie. Although a teaspoon of vinegar will work too (I took this from making Pavlovas).

23/8/07 3:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i used your recipie and made this for my home ech class. it was soo good. thank you so much for posting it. definatly the best iv ever tasted!
thanx!

28/8/07 5:49 pm  
Anonymous Jamie said...

I want to use this dough in a recipe for a berry pie im making, the only thing is that i have to cook the whole pie for approx 55mins (190oC) and im not sure how much I should cook the crust before I add the filling and lid. Help wopuld be greatly appreciated yours is the only site on the net i trust!

30/8/07 6:56 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had never made a Lemon Meringue pie, this recipe was sooo easy to follow & the pie turned out absolutely fabulous..Im keen to bake other things now that i have some confidence in baking thanks to your recipe, you made it so user friendly...

4/9/07 9:36 am  
Blogger Amanda & Debbie said...

We think that this pastry would probably overbrown if baked for 55 minutes at 190 degrees Celsius. Would it be possible to reduce the cooking time (or temperature), or does the filling require this time/temperature?

If you will be baking the whole pie for more than 40 minutes, you may not need to prebake the crust. We don't prebake the base of our apple pie and it doesn't go soggy because the filling isn't very moist and juicy. However, if your berry filling is quite juicy, we would suggest you prebake the base for about 10 minutes.

5/9/07 9:27 pm  
Anonymous Geraldine said...

This looks fantastic! Im overloaded with lemons so this is next up in the kitchen. Plan to use graham crust though....family tradition.

26/9/07 1:36 am  
Anonymous G said...

I did make this pie today, with graham crust, it looks and tastes amazing, thanks for sharing the recipe...

27/9/07 9:05 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found this recipe and I'd love to give it a try (it seems to have very good reviews) but I do not have a food processor to make the base in. Any hints on getting around this or do I definitely need one?

30/9/07 1:57 pm  
Blogger Amanda & Debbie said...

If you don't have a food processor, you can make this pastry by hand. Place the flours and sugar in a large bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces. Add the butter to the bowl and rub the butter into the flour mixture using your fingertips. Add the egg and stir to combine. Then use your hand to bring the pastry together into a ball.

2/10/07 9:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it possible to substitute the self raising flour with plain flour?

9/10/07 4:21 pm  
Blogger Amanda & Debbie said...

You could try using plain flour; however, the pastry won't be as light. If you have some baking powder, you could replace the 70g self-raising flour with 70g plain flour plus 1 teaspoon baking powder.

9/10/07 4:33 pm  
Blogger boringsahm said...

I've made this twice now in a week and each time it's nothing but divine! Thank you! My little baked creation in being showed off my blog too!

5/11/07 6:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you make the pastry and lemon filling ahead refrigerate overnight and finish process the next day?

18/12/07 11:16 pm  
Blogger Amanda & Debbie said...

It should be fine to make the pastry and lemon filling a day in advance. Refrigerate the egg whites in a small airtight container so they don't dry out.

20/12/07 5:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it was absolutley fantastic! my family enjoyed it immensly, coming from a person who is a disaster in the kitchen i think i did well!
Thankyou!!

9/1/08 4:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This pie is genius!!! I have had several attempts at making this particular type of pie and this is my first at succeeding and wow did it succeed!! Thankyou very much!!!!!

12/1/08 2:43 pm  
Blogger Brett29 said...

Really great one this is.

For somthing a tad different i use
1/4 lemon juice
2 tbls organe juice
2 tabls lime juice

makes it more a citrus pie and less tart.

another great recipe girls thanks
xxoo

29/1/08 11:42 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE IT!!!!! :) I just finished making it, it's in the oven now cant wait to eat it hehe :) thanks so much

13/2/08 6:36 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My whole family was very impressed with this pie. It was so easy and enjoyable and much better than any bought one could ever be. I made it for my husband's birthday and put a few candles around it. Made the pastry and filling in morning and meringue at about 5.00pm, it looked exactly like your picture. Perfect. Thank you so much for the recipe, I will be using you website for more cooking in future.

29/2/08 9:59 am  
Anonymous miszmilk said...

I just made it today but it unfortunately I think I messed up the filling.

It's really watery and not firm at all. I followed all the instructions (used butter and chilled it). I think I didn't heat it long enough. I thought it was thick and soft but obviously not thick enough.The colour of my filling is just as the picture.

Secondly, I felt as if I didn't have enough meringue to cover my pie.

But it could be due to the mixer I'm using. It's a handheld portable mixer. Would whipping it manually improve the thickness of the meringue?

Either way, the taste is there. I just need to fix the filling part :D

23/3/08 8:07 pm  
Blogger Amanda & Debbie said...

Hi Miszmilk,

After your filling mixture came to the boil, did you notice the mixture change from cloudy to clear? To ensure the filling will be thick enough, we continue to cook it until we notice this change in appearance. Also, make sure you measure the amount of cornflour as accurately as possible.

If your mixer is not very good at aerating the egg whites then you will have a smaller volume of meringue to work with. Using only a hand whisk to make the meringue would be hard work! You could try beating the egg whites with your mixer for about 10 minutes, and then switching to a hand whisk to finish them off.

5/4/08 10:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so proud that I have conquered the lemon meringue pie! or more in my case a lime meringue pie...it was amazing!

19/4/08 4:36 pm  
Blogger Niina Tamura said...

Amazing recipe!
I just added a bit of Lemon zest to the filling.

25/4/08 10:07 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just Beautiful, first time Lemon Meringue pie maker, and it turned out GREAT... Thanks so much for posting this great recipe :)

26/4/08 6:04 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow what a wonderful recipe, and it is quick and simple.
just marvellous!

ours turned out "perfect"

26/4/08 8:28 pm  
Anonymous random teenager said...

havent made it yet but am really looking forward to it!!

sounds like a fantastic recipe


lots of love


random teenager

7/5/08 9:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was really really really good, it was sooo quick and easy, and DELICIOUS!!! :D

24/5/08 11:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good recipe, and probably one of the best you'll find.
However it was way too lemony which pretty much ruined what was otherwise a very well formed and attractive pie.

Like previous comments that have been made, when using fresh lemon you don't need anywhere near 180ml of lemon juice.

I'm sure you could cut it down to half and then if it's not strong enough it won't be the end of the world, and better than being too overpowering.

Other than that, no problems!

27/5/08 10:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this pie was DELICIOUS!!!!!

it was so easy to make, i always thought that Lemon Meringue Pie would be difficult to make but..

..it was so easy and fun

YUM!

30/5/08 12:10 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice recipe that makes a delicious end result. I have just made one for my Grandmother's birthday and it has turned out fantastic.

The lemon filling is the perfect tartness to sweetness ratio. Grandma thought so as well.

I used a teaspoon of Cream of Tartar in the meringue mixture and it has turned out beautifully.

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe...Grandma thanks you as well.

1/6/08 10:40 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am planning on making this pie soon but i do not have enough time to refrigerate the lemon filling for several hours, so could i put it in the freezer for a shorter amount of time or would it be better to make it the night before?
i would appreciate som advice and extra tips!
thanks a million!

4/6/08 6:23 am  
Blogger Amanda & Debbie said...

We don't recommend cooling the filling in the freezer as any freezing of the filling may harm its texture. Please see the above comment dated 20/12/07.

6/6/08 11:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this filling the same filling you use to make Citrus tarts.. or difference

10/6/08 10:09 am  
Anonymous Kristina said...

I just made this a couple days ago and wow. I'm allergic to eggs, so I couldn't really eat it (I did have a bite or two just to make sure it was okay, and suffered for that), but it's one of my boyfriend's favourite sweets. I've been putting off making it, as I've never done it before, but this could not have been easier.

The only thing I did differently was I used 100 ml fresh lemon juice, then the rest was from the bottle (3 lemons wasn't enough for me). The lemon flavor wasn't too strong at all, and I'm not sure it would have been even if I had used all fresh lemon juice. I suppose it depends on your tastes. All I know is that cutting it in half was nowhere NEAR lemony enough.

I also have to say that you REALLY do have to chill for hours. I agree with another reviewer who recommend chilling just the filling for 4 hours, and then the chill the pie for an additional four, I think. Otherwise it really is too runny. So plan ahead!

And thank you Amanda and Debbie =)

12/6/08 11:29 am  
Blogger Amanda & Debbie said...

Hi Anonymous,

You could use our lemon meringue pie filling to make a citrus tart. However, we generally think of citrus tart as something like this, where the filling does not contain cornflour or water.

15/6/08 1:53 pm  
Blogger Lauren said...

I have attempted this lemon meringue pie twice. The first time I think I added the butter & yolk too early. The second time I followed the recipe exactly and it was better but still quite runny. I am not quite sure what else to do to ensure it is firm. What would happen if I increased the corn flour? I would also like to reduce the amount of lemon juice by half.

17/8/08 5:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used this recipe to make mini meringue pies ... THANK YOU you made it soooo easy and I am the star chef in my house now!!!!!

17/8/08 11:15 pm  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

Hi Lauren

Have you tried the suggestions from our comment dated 1/8/07? If you increase the quantity of cornflour or reduce the amount of liquid (e.g. lemon juice), the filling will have a thicker consistency.

22/8/08 10:10 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had always wanted to make one of these pies...my first attempt was really great. It was easy to follow my crust was a little hard as didn't roll out so evenly!No one else notices it...will try again.

25/8/08 1:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for such a beautifully written, easy to follow recipe. I am allergic to wheat and dairy so modified the ingredients and it still worked perfectly. The only change I needed to make was to reduce the pastry cooking time a tiny bit as gluten free flours seem to cook more quickly than wheat flour and cause the pastry to be overly crumbly. A perfect result and by far the best Lemon Meringue Pie I've eaten. Thanks a million!!

5/9/08 1:16 pm  
Blogger Farah said...

Thank you so much for this recipe! This is the first time I every make a lemon meringue pie and it turned out awesome! It looked great too. I just have one tiny suggestion brought to my attention by my mother. Is it possible to add a hint of vanilla to the meringue to take away the egg flavor?

Thanks again! =)

7/9/08 7:56 am  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

Hi Farah,

Yes, you could add vanilla to the meringue. We suggest that you beat the vanilla into the meringue once all the sugar has dissolved.

9/9/08 5:41 pm  
Anonymous Cath said...

Thank you for the recipe and clear step-by-step description! :)

Do you think you could use regular flour instead of cornflour? I'm in Europe, I don't think cornflour exists here (or cornstarch, and related products.)

12/9/08 5:07 am  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

Hi Cath,

We have never come across a lemon meringue pie recipe that includes flour as a thickener in the filling. We aren't sure how well it would work. If you try it, please let us know how it turns out.

17/9/08 10:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi
In Europe you will most likely be able to get potato flour. That is what we use in Sweden, and it works exactly as corn flour. So try that. I now live in Australia, but still use potato flour in Swedish recipes.
Louise.

18/9/08 10:04 pm  
Blogger Angela said...

Firstly, thank you very much for such a foolproof recipe on something I always thought was a challenge.

I do have a few things I wish to clarify. I'm an amateur in baking and would just to enquire, what's the temperature to be used for the final baking? And would using a Kenwood K-shaped mixer cause the meringue to be unable to aerate?

Thank you very much. :)

- Angela

30/9/08 1:04 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is truly the best lemon meringue pie i have ever tasted in my entire life! It was an absolute hit at my brother's 21st!! Thanks a lot it was so YUMMY!!!

3/10/08 6:51 pm  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

Hi Angela

The temperature for browning the meringue is 200 degrees Celsius (190 degrees Celsius fan-forced). The meringue can be made with a Kenwood K beater.

7/10/08 11:42 pm  
Blogger Georgia said...

Hey Im only 12 and I have made this three times!!

It wa so easy! and so yummy!

10/10/08 1:19 pm  
Blogger M said...

Beautifully laid out recipe. Thank you!
One question - I made the filling ahead and left it to chill in the fridge for a few hours in the saucepan with the lid on - when I went to put it into the pie it was quite solid and I had to stir it up again quite firmly to get it to a use-able consistency (although there were still some lumps). Any ideas on bettering this?

15/10/08 5:47 pm  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

Hi M

What do you think the lumps were made from (bits of egg, lumps of 'skin' that formed during cooling etc.)? Were the lumps perceptible when you were eating the pie?

Do you think the filling was a little too firm? If so, you could try reducing the amount of cornflour slightly to produce a softer consistency. If the filling was not too firm, you could try cooling it for a shorter time before spooning it into the pastry case. That way, the filling will be a bit softer and easier to work with.

24/10/08 2:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love eating my pie warm, so can I eat it after I have cooked the meringue and it has cooled a bit, or do I need to refrigerate after cooking the meringue so the filling sets well????

Also, I cheated as I ran out of time and used a flan case from the supermarket, hope it tastes ok, next time will put int he hard work and make the case also.
Thanks

11/11/08 3:47 pm  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

The filling will be soft when warm, but we aren't sure how soft. You could try cutting a tiny piece out of the pie to see whether the filling oozes out into the empty space. If it does, then we don't recommend serving the pie at that stage because the filling won't remain between the pastry and meringue. If the filling is able to hold its shape, then it should be fine to slice and serve.

11/11/08 4:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful recipe, thankyou very much. I add an extra 1/2 egg into the pastry mixture and i find that it all holds together better and doesn't crumble. Very tasty!

18/11/08 1:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched Desperate Housewives and just felt the need to make a lemon meringe pie! I never made any kind of pie before and this one turned out great! Im so proud of myself :)
thanks so much i will use this recipe again =D

9/12/08 5:00 pm  
Anonymous Birdie from Brisbane said...

Lemon meringue pie is my husband's favourite dessert and when I made it to your recipe for the first time, he said it was one of the best he'd ever tasted - thanks!

10/12/08 11:52 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The filling will have trouble setting if the lemons aren't perfectly ripe as well, for anyone who is doing everything as per the instructions without it setting

22/12/08 12:11 pm  
Anonymous Jo in Dubai said...

Just made this pie today. It was perfect, only the filling was slightly thin, I microwaved it for a minute, stirring every 10 seconds and it thickened up!

23/12/08 9:38 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is the first pie and the best pie i have ever made.I'm not going to any other websites for recipes. You guys are the best!

6/1/09 5:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can i use tin foil instead of baking paper. i totally forgot to get it and im in the middle of making it right now hahaha..

14/1/09 11:39 am  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

Yes, foil could be used instead of baking paper when blind baking the pastry case.

14/1/09 12:24 pm  
Blogger Lv2Kook said...

Its been said before but was so good just wanted to tell you how really lovely this recipe was. Never made one before and was looking for the best and I found it! :) I did find I had to double the recipe but then I found my pie flan was a little bigger lol Not to worry it was all gone the next day! The boys loved it!
Great Job love your site.

2/2/09 1:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm allergic to cornstarch, is there a substitution i can use instead?

9/3/09 12:08 pm  
Anonymous Madz said...

I made the pie yesterday for a family dinner and it was great. It was surprisingly easy to make (I had never made one before) and the family was pretty impressed. Thanks for the visual instructions!

13/3/09 11:06 pm  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

To the person who asked about a substitute for the cornflour (cornstarch): Are you able to eat wheat starch?

19/3/09 7:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey the recipe looks great ! was just wondering weather it would work if i made smaller individual lemon merinques????

22/3/09 7:22 pm  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

Yes, this recipe could be used to make small lemon meringue pies. For individual serve pies, you will probably need to use a shorter pastry baking time than specified.

22/3/09 11:31 pm  
Blogger soba o-t-a-k-u! said...

Hello. First of all, I would like to thank you for such a detailed recipe. I wish to bake this for my Home Economics test, and as there are regulations to abide to, I was wondering if it is absolutely necessary that I cannot replace butter with margarine, or that I have to refrigerate the filling. Thank you! :)

23/3/09 10:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pie looks delicious! I would love to make it, but I only have a 26 cm pie pan. Can I use these quantities or do I have to increase them?

24/3/09 5:34 am  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

Hi Soba o-t-a-k-u

You could use margarine in place of the butter in the pastry and filling, but the filling will have a softer consistency. If you are unable to refrigerate the filling or the finished pie, the filling will probably ooze out when the pie is cut (not hold its shape as in the pie pictured above).

24/3/09 10:21 am  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

To the person who asked about using a 26cm pie pan: A 26cm diameter pan is about 1.3 times the size of a 23cm diameter pan. We suggest that you multiply the ingredient quantities by 4/3 (so you can use 4 eggs for the filling/meringue). If you don't wish to use 1 1/3 egg yolks for the pastry, you could double the quantities for the pastry, use as much pastry as you need, and freeze the remainder for later use.

24/3/09 10:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use this recipe all the time and my whole family loves it.
For my brothers birthday i made him a lemon meringue pie with extra filling - he told me it was the best birthday present i had ever given him!
Thanks for such a great recipe!!! :)

18/4/09 6:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude this recipe is da bomb I am gun at lol The recipe was superb and the family loved it to bits thanks G

9/5/09 11:32 am  
Blogger louy said...

beautiful.. best lemon pie ever thanks.xxx

24/5/09 9:14 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very yummy

6/6/09 1:15 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Recipe looks wonderful. I have a morning tea coming up at work and was wondering if this will be ok to use with bought tart cases please?(i dont own a food processor)

26/6/09 6:03 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, just made this for dessert last night as had guests over. Made it with fresh lemons from the garden and it was just SO delicious and worked perfectly, thankyou!!

27/6/09 6:52 pm  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

To the person who asked about using bought tart cases: Yes, bought tart cases could be used. If you would like to try making the pastry by hand, please see our above comment dated 2/10/07.

16/7/09 11:34 pm  
Anonymous Nic said...

This was awesome. So yummy. I'd never made one before and i thought i would mess it up but it tasted amazing. Great, clear instructions. Watch the time though.... i didn't realize there was so much heating/cooling and i was still putting it together through dinner

24/7/09 12:45 pm  
Blogger seeressofkell said...

1st pie ever made and it turned out a treat. The only issue I had (and my wife who is an ex-chef was kind enough to point it out for me) was that my meringue was not beaten sufficiently. In any case, it may not have had the stiff peaks that make the pie pleasing to the eye. but it did taste scrummy. Thanks v much Amanda and Debs.

28/7/09 9:05 am  
Blogger lifeingreytones said...

Hi guys!

Made this pie today and it turned out fantastic! Tasted amazing! Thanks!

13/8/09 8:46 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O wow I this was the tastiest LMP I have ever made and I have made quite a few!! The Lemon mixture was the perfect mix of sweet and tangy!! And the pastry was good to! This will definitely be a regular in our house.

13/9/09 2:33 pm  
Anonymous Sunny said...

This recipe is brilliant!! :)
I made this yesterday for my family and it was great! It did take a while, and i don't have a hand mixer - so i had to use a whisk, and my arm was sore afterward, but it was extremely worth it! I put some lemon zest into the filling to make it a bit more lemon-y and it was good.
Thanks a bunch!!!

21/9/09 7:20 pm  
Anonymous r. said...

i would like to make this pie with a slightly longer shelf life (4-5 days.) Apart from adding vinegar to the meringue to get a slightly stiffer texture, has anyone come across a way to get a nice, firm meringue that lasts, and still binds to the pie?
also, has anyone tried to bake this in a springform pan instead of a pie dish?

r.

25/9/09 3:41 pm  
Blogger Vanessa said...

I made a booboo with my pastry. Instead of using 120gm butter, I used only 60gm, but it still worked out well. Also, I lined my dish with the pastry and then fridged it for an hour. Still baked the same.

Also, can someone please tell me, how do I stop the meringue from sliding off the lemon filling?

4/10/09 4:52 pm  
Blogger Ruella said...

This was an utterly fantastic recipe! This is one of my favourite desserts, and I'm so glad I can make it now. After a couple of cooking mishaps this week, it's boosted my kitchen confidence :). My only problem now is finishing it before the pastry gets soggy...

I've got a bit of leftover lemon filling...any ideas on how I can use this?

Thanks!

19/10/09 7:38 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just made this. I used lemons from my tree and it tasted fine. Not sour at all. I would not open the oven door when cooking the meringue. 10 mins is enough. Not the best but Id give it 3.5- 4 stars. But I did use a different base than the one mentioned in the recipe. The banana cake on this site with cream cheese is YUM. The best.

2/1/10 12:09 am  
Anonymous Georg said...

Just tried it. I used only two thirds of a/m amounts for a smaller dish. I put ground zest into the meringue. Tastes delicious. The meringue shrinks a bit after baking, this may result in clefts. More sugar will make it inherently stable but will taste too sweet... Looks vs taste.
However, I was deeply surprised that a lemon meringue pie can be made so easily. Greetz, Georg from Vienna

9/1/10 4:58 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This recipe is the first i found when i googled Lemon Meringue pie, and its the best ive ever made/ tasted. Although i do cheat and buy ready made pastry, 1- because im lazy 2 - because i hate cleaning the processor. Anyway the filing is just the right mixture of sour & sweet. I have made it at least 3 times, and each occasion it has come out tasting the same. (in a good way lol). Great recipe!!

13/2/10 2:08 pm  
Anonymous Jamie said...

I loved the recipe and everything tasted great!!
Do you have any suggestions as to how to make the base dough more light and less crumbly? I must be doing something wrong...mine is to crumbly to lift into the pan and simply falls apart when I do :( It doesn't look like the one in the picture which much thinner than mine.

20/3/10 4:51 pm  
Blogger Mim said...

Another tip if making the pastry by hand (Especially those with arthritc fingers, is to grate the butter.. It also stops the flour from becoming to glutonous and helps keep it light...

7/4/10 12:36 pm  
Anonymous Alison said...

I always expected lemon meringue to be really hard so had never attempted it. This recipe was so straight forward (didn't have a food processor so hand mixed the pastry), the curd was unbelievably tasty, didn't have the right tart case so used a 35x12cm fluted tart pan and the quanitited worked well with it. It has a delicious tangy lemon filling. Not too tart at all. Loved by my family!

10/4/10 10:37 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YUMMY!! I was so afraid this wouldn't turn out since the making of this had to be split amongst 2 days and the pie turned into mini LMP since I did not have a pie/tart dish so used a muffin tray instead. (have to say, there's less guilt eating one mini pie to yourself since its small LOL)

Altered the receipe slightly as I went - added an extra egg in the pastry since it looked crumby as I was mixing it. To increase the lemoness of the lemon filling, the zest from the three lemons was added and also reduced the amount of sugar in the lemon filling and the meringue (automatic habit although it could have gone horribly wrong if the filling ended up too lemony to eat). To ensure I had stiff peaks for the meringue, I added 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartare.

Thanks!!

28/4/10 2:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This recipe looks great & i cant wait to try it, but i cant eat dairy and i will have to use margerine in the filling. will it still work?

9/5/10 4:45 pm  
Blogger Sam said...

I'm a huge fan of this blog and think you ladies do a great job. But I really didnt like this recipe. Its way too lemony, thats coming from someone thats eats homemade lemon butter from the jar. If your making it cut the lemon juice down to 100ml and add an extra 80ml of water.
Thanks Ladies.
Sam

29/5/10 8:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful! I love lemon meringue pie, saw the reviews and pictures and decided to give it a try and I have to say it's lovely, probably the best lemon meringue pie i've had. Thank you very much for the recipe, will be sticking to this one, thank you.

20/6/10 3:49 pm  
Blogger angelroseblog said...

Wonderful Pie, thank you

25/6/10 11:46 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delicious lemon meringue pie! Just like my grandma used to make!
One question though - why do you have to bake the pastry with rice in it for the first 10 minutes? I did it, but when I lifted the paper, some of the base came up too. How can I stop this happening next time?

3/7/10 2:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really pleased to find that the previous comments on this recipe are absolutely true! Fabulous pie to make, absolutely flawless... Not too gooey as I've often found in the past with other recipes. Thanks :D

6/7/10 2:31 pm  
Blogger flashman said...

Awesome recipe, thanks. I put the filling and meringue into tart cases instead, for more convenient portions. Picture here: <a href="http://imgur.com/mS3RZ.jpg>http://imgur.com/mS3RZ.jpg</a>

18/7/10 7:30 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this recipe, I have my fourth pie in the oven right now. The only thing I changed was to use 2 tablespoons of custard powder and 2 of cornflour, instead of 4 of cornflour. And I use an extra egg in the meringue, because my family all love the meringue so much. I took one to school, and all the other staff wanted the recipe.

Thanks so much.

14/8/10 6:56 pm  
Anonymous junior-cook said...

that was a really good pie.
it's the first time i made it and it came out really well.i'm gonna make t 4 my dad when he comes home.i'm not the kind of person who cooks much (i'm 13) but that was great.i was sitting nd admiring it 4 hours!!!!! my mum had to tell me to go do something else.
thanks for the recipe.
i'd have been doing nothing much today if i hadn't come across it.

30/9/10 6:01 pm  
Blogger skrapkat said...

Mine is in the oven right now, I think my lemon filling is not thick enough, but it does taste divine! Here's hoping the filling is okay! Thanks so much for such easy to follow instructions!

5/12/10 5:13 pm  
Blogger Our Family Home said...

This lemon meringue pie is amazing. It has conquered my fear of whisking egg whites. Everyone who ate it raved about it, and my family has ordered this to be on the christmas menu,

21/12/10 9:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm wondering whether raw sugar is okay to use in the filling instead of white sugar?

4/1/11 8:20 am  
Blogger abs_87 said...

About to atempt this over tonight (pastry and filling) and tomorrow morning (merguine) however I am new to baking and just have a few quesions if someone would be able to help me

- What does put into a a flat round and wrap in plastic mean? is this roll into a ball and flatten slightly

-If I don't have a food processor can I use ny blender or mix master?

-what size pie dish should I use?

Thank you so much for your help

15/1/11 8:49 am  
Blogger Amanda and Debbie said...

Hi abs_87

1) You can form the pastry into a ball and then flatten the ball so that it forms a disc shape about 3cm thick.
2) If you don't have a food processor, we recommend making the pastry by hand. Please see our above comment dated 2/10/07 for further instructions.
3) We use a 23cm (9 inch) diameter pie dish.

15/1/11 9:34 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Made this for my daughter's birthday because she wanted a lemon meringue birthday pie. It was absolutely delicious. Don't think i will buy the store bought kind after eating this one and knowing i can make it myself. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

17/1/11 1:04 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never found a better recipe for lemon filling, love it! However, no matter what I do, I can't get the meringue to work. It looks great and forms peaks and all that, but it only tastes sweet on the outside, is all eggy inside. I tried adding extra sugar but have been beating for 20mins and it won't dissolve :(
Any tips?

25/1/11 3:43 pm  
Blogger Miles said...

Hey, I saw you Aussie specific comments but sorry, gotta say. I followed your directions to the letter and this is awesome.

My first ever lemon meringue pie.

The kitchen is a mess, but this glossy pie is awesome. I will have diabetes by the end of it!

Thank you Amanda. You Rock

Miles

28/1/11 10:31 pm  
Anonymous Andrea said...

Would this recipe work with limes instead of lemons? After some time finally have a LOT of limes on our tree. Thank you

25/3/11 12:23 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOOOOOVE this recipe! The lemon tart part is not too sweet and not too sour and the texture is beautiful!

I had a bit of a problem though with mine - after letting it cool from the oven (after completing the whole pie), I found the bottom was syrupy, like the water and sugar had sunk down. Is there something wrong with mine?

13/4/11 12:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just perfect! This is my second attempt at this pie - first time I used a different recipe. This time Success!!! I have never been successful with pastry but this worked like a dream - I measured everything with my electronic scale. Buttery crisp pastry, perfect lemony firm filling and lovely meringue. I think my pan was a little too wide as mine was not very deep - about an inch. The only change I would make next time is a slightly smaller pan or perhaps add about 1/3 more of everything to make a slightly larger pie. I've told everyone how foolproof this recipe is - Thank You !

9/5/11 4:40 pm  
Anonymous Peter Melbourne said...

Can't fault it. I made it with my children and it turned out spot on. Top notch instructions and great taste. I made a caramel tart and used this base etc and it too was great. This site is fantastic with great recipes. I love cooking and will be back regularly. Thanks guys.

26/5/11 9:34 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this recipe! I love everything about it, especially the eating part :)

I've made this three times, and the first two times were perfect. Whole family loved it. However, third time, when my friend was making it with me, everything was good, except she was too impatient to eat it, so the filling wasn't quite solid and firm yet. It was whole gooey mess, but still tasted delicious. :P

Thank you for such a great and tasty recipe!

6/6/11 10:42 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the crust was really great, but i think the lemon filling was a bit too tangy. i used exact measurement, and lemons are in season, so if i was to make this receipe again i would either use a half juice half water mix, or use a bit more sugar in it. excellent ratios, though. the meringue and lemon are in great proportion with each other.

12/6/11 3:00 pm  
Anonymous Holly Lanagan said...

After receiving a gift of home grown citrus fruits I decided to attempt my first lemon meringue pie and boy, I'm glad I did. I never would have thought myself capable of what seemed like an extreme culinary challenge however this recipe is simple and produces a spectacular end result. The pastry is straightforward, the lemon curd is delicious without being too tart and the meringue looks particularly impressive when the pie is cut. This was however my first attempt at making meringues and I did have trouble forming the lovely, fluffy peaks in the final stages of dressing the pie. I suspect this may have been due to one or a combination of three things, either one – the heat in the kitchen or two – the addition of too much sugar while beating the egg whites or three – lack of skill in manual application. Regardless of this small glitch, I'll be baking this again as I'm determined to master the art of meringues. In terms of flavour and aesthetic, it has the real WOW – you went to so much trouble factor! Thanks Amanda and Debbie.

12/6/11 3:19 pm  
Anonymous Sian said...

Dear Amanda & Debbie
I've never had the confidence to play with pastry. This is my first attempt making a pie dish. I really love the combination of the sweetness of the soft meringue, the lemony taste of the filling and the crumbliness of the pastry. However, I think I used a bigger sized pan than the one you used for your recipe as I had to 'stretch' the pastry to cover my pan. Could I apply the baker's percentage to adjust the amount of the ingredients? Also, I found syrup coming out, probably from the filling, and the filling wasn't set as yours. Why could that happen? Funny though, as the base was not soggy at all and the side was still crunchy and crumbly. Thanks

12/6/11 7:13 pm  
Anonymous Happy pie eater! said...

I am 12 years old and have done some baking before but never this complex, it turned out beautiful!!! I made it without adult help and the way it is written is very user friendly, the pie was light for this sort of pie and extremely yummy!
:) just ate another piece.

thanks!

27/6/11 3:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never baked a pie before and wow - so good. Thank you. I whipped cream instead of ice cream but can imagine that ice cream would go very well too.

9/7/11 8:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love It. What A wonderful Recipe. I doubled the recipe and had no problem. I also used the lemon zest from the peal. Even nicer.
Thank You

3/9/11 4:03 pm  
Anonymous kees said...

I made one, a hit allround, but now they want me to make one every week,what shall I do?

13/9/11 2:55 pm  
Anonymous Kate and Nicole said...

This recipe is amazing! It is super simple and (almost) fullproof.(I have never really made deserts in my life) The first time I made it I made the lemon filling too runny.. probably not left long enough on the stove. But this is the second time I've made it with my 9y.o cousin and she had a ball too! Usually when I cook it's a terrible mess and you may need to precaution the fire brigade but this was great! This was definitely worth the mess. It'll be eaten super fast :)

3/10/11 11:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made this 2 days ago and it is wonderful. Every one loved it including my 2.5 years old son so none left. My problem is when I cut to serve, the pastry on the edges breaks and I don't know how to prevent that from happening.

2/12/11 1:39 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi my name's juliette...
i'm making it now right now but i'm waiting for the pie shell to cool and before i put it in the oven when i tried to transfer the pastry to the dish it just fell apart...it's probabaly just because its just a really hot day today but i just wanted to tell people that if it's hot put the air con on BEFORE you start so it doesnt melt...the shell's fine but i just thought it could have been better...other than that it's beautiful!!

12/12/11 4:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must say this recipe is beautiful and delicious and I have been making this for a while now. It works every time! 5/5

5/1/12 5:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So easy a man can make it. Just made my second for a birthday cake. See Aussie males are good at other things apart from drinking beer.

2/3/12 4:16 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I've just made this but the meringue's weeping and has separated from the lemon filling. Is this normal? How can I prevent this from happening? Thanks!

16/3/12 6:37 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am cooking for a crowd. Can I double the recipe or should I make 2 pies? Thanks guys.

28/3/12 11:29 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know how many single-serve pies this recipe would make if I were to make them in a muffin pan?

12/4/12 9:31 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't had a great deal of sucess making sweets and tried this for a laugh. The laugh was on me. It wad beautiful and so yummy. I used 70ml lemon juice and made up the difference with water. Much thanks. :-)

18/5/12 9:18 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best pie ever...Is there any reason for refrigerating pastry for one hour? and how to achieve a more dense meringue? any suggestions would be great!
:)

23/6/12 5:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would a biscuit crust work just as good? My son loves this sweet and I'm not a good pastry cook.

8/7/12 10:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have never made pastry before, let alone a Lemon Meringue Pie, and this worked perfectly. My family was very impressed. We found that the lemon filling was a good level of tanginess, balanced the sweetness of the meringue beautifully.

23/8/12 10:40 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for such an awesome recipe. I've tried quite a few different recipes without much success. This one worked perfectly and tasted amazing. Looked good too! The photo's with the directions really helped. Thanks again!

18/10/12 11:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi i'm a pastry cook by trade, just used your lemon filling along with my own pastry and it was a delite to use thank you.

18/11/12 3:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Lemon Meringue Pie recipe is so yummy!!! Everytime I make it, it is always the same nice taste!!
Thanks for sharing this recipe:)

25/11/12 6:58 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YUMMY LEMON MERINGUE PIE, Easy to make, taste nice, perfect, hehe :)

25/11/12 7:01 pm  
Blogger SwapSeasons said...

Without doubt, the BEST lemon meringue pie recipe EVER. Easy to follow and fail proof. The result is PERFECTION! Thanks so much for this recipe.

31/3/13 2:47 pm  
Blogger Siborne Lanagan said...

Absolutely fantastic pie! I know I'm super late to the party, but I noticed someone asking if regular flour was ok as a thickener instead of cornflour - I almost always never have cornflour in the pantry and have used both plain and self-raising for years as a substitute. Never had any trouble, this recipe included :)

27/6/14 1:20 pm  

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