Family Favorites...Myrna's Lemon Meringue Pie


  Myrna made this pie for me for my birthday last week...it is so delicious I had to post it again!  What a great sister!  
So here's Myrna's original post.
  This is one of my families favorite pies and is easy to make. I always use a double boiler to cook the filling. It will take a few minutes longer that way, but you are not tied to the stove stirring it constantly and it will not scorch
  The recipe has the right amount of lemon and sugar for our taste and I make it with a graham cracker crust or more often with a pre-baked regular crust. Either way is good. 
  Put your meringue on the hot filling so the underside gets cooked through and doesn’t weep. I also put the lemon halves that I have squeezed into the filling while it is cooking for a extra hit of lemon. If your family isn’t into tart skip this step. Really nothing is quite as good as a sunny, lemony pie with a billowy cloud of meringue on top.
Lemon Meringue Pie
1 nine inch pie crust, baked or crumb crust
5 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup white sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups water
3 egg yolks
2 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
Meringue topping 
  Preheat oven to 235o° (175 degrees C.)
To make lemon filling: in a double boiler, combine cornstarch, sugar and salt. Stir in water, mixing well. Add the squeezed lemon halves if you want to. Cook until mixture is thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Place egg yolks in a separate bowl and beat well with a fork. Slowly pour about ½ cup of the cornstarch mixture into egg yolks, whisking constantly. Pour the egg mixture back into cornstarch mixture. Return to heat and cook two minutes longer stirring all the while. The mixture should hold a pattern when you drop some from the whisk unto the filling.
  Remove from heat and stir in the butter, lemon juice and lemon zest. Pour into your pie shell, top with the meringue and bake until golden brown.

6 comments:

  1. Mouthwatering, though my mother always used Jello pudding mix. Lemon Meringue is a pie I'd sometimes request when I knew I'd be visiting. Haven't had it in years. Not sure if hubby even likes it since I usually make a cherry berry pie or pumpkin. I don't think I've ever had it on a graham crust, but I bet that's good!

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    1. The graham crust is my favorite but Sue likes a regular crust so that is what I made for her.
      You should check with your hubby and see if he would eat it, nothing beats lt as my favorite pie. lol.

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  2. When I asked hubby, he said not particularly; it's not one of his favorites. He said to make one anyway. I told him I can't eat a whole pie myself! Then he said I should make a lemon meringue pie for one. :-( Of course, when I said I never get to make the things I like, he said to make one and he'd help eat it. lol I can ask a friend (& her friend) if she likes it and share with her sometime or maybe my daughter. Happy weekend!

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    1. Hi Nadine, I hope you find someone to share it with so you can have some. I never seem to have that problem with any type of pie.
      We eat way too many desserts pies being on top of the list for my family. Raining here and we needed some so that is good.

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  3. Another HOT day here! It was 95 yesterday and is supposed to be in the low 90s again today. Looking forward to Wed when supposedly it will be 79! I'm thankful for a/c, but would much rather have my windows open! As for the pie, I told my husband I don't like to order desserts in a restaurant because I've always disappointed in the past. I stopped making allot of desserts when I was younger because I found when I was home I'd eat it all without thinking! Better to not have any in the house. Now I make Pecan Pie Bars at the request of my hubby's coworkers and send them off to their potlucks. The recipe makes a 10x13 pan, so I get a few. I wouldn't dare make them just for us at our age! Enjoy your rain! Good for the farmers & gardeners!

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    1. It is hot here also. Hot and muggy for a few more days they say. I know what you mean about not having a lot of dessert on hand.
      I try to cut the recipes down now and I do have enough people who are willing to share them with us. LoL

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