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Serves | Prep Time | Cook Time 25

Why I Love This Recipe

This was the recipe that made Bree Van De Kamp furious. It's not my fault the girls like my pie better.

Ingredients You'll Need

1/2 (15 ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts or make your own single pie crust
Lemon Meringue Pie Filling:
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 large egg yolks (save whites for meringue)
2 cups milk
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Meringue: 6 egg whites, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 6 tablespoons sugar


Bake single pie crust as directed on package.

To make lemon filling: Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a heavy non-aluminum saucepan. Whisk together egg yolks, milk and lemon juice in a bowl; whisk into sugar mixture in pan over medium heat. Bring to boil, and boil, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Remove pan from heat and stir in butter, lemon rind, and vanilla until smooth. Pour into pie crust. Cover with plastic wrap placed directly on filling.

Make meringue immediately as it must be spread on hot pie filling.

To make meringue: Beat egg whites and vanilla at high speed with a mixer until they are foamy. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time and beat 2 to 4 minutes or until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Remove plastic wrap from pie and spread meringue evenly over warm filling, making sure to seal the edges with meringue.

Bake pie at 325º for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool pie completely on a wire rack.

Questions, Comments & Reviews

Sounds great and look familiar. Any tips on how to keep the yokes and the whites seperated? Some times I have a problem in doing that, so that I have to start all over, because there's a little bit of yoke in the whites.

I tried this recipe today. It turned out fine but it did not wow me. I thought it needed more lemon, and i also added more starch because i felt the filling was a little too runny when i boiled it for the required minute. Not sure if it was the milk that kinda dilluted the lemony flavor...

Oh thank you for this recipie, look so much forward to try it out in my new kitchen! Love ya

hi , i have tried 6 different recipes on lemon meringue pie ! and none have turned out correct not even this one ! i follow the recipe carefully and it still doesnt work ! what am i doin wrong ? de lemon part will not thicken and is always very watery !??

brilliant of you to add this recipe. of all the dh recipes that are given, this is the only one that was a plot point. i can't wait to try it.

I am looking forward to trying your recipe, it must be good to make someone break into your house for the recipe!

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