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Grandmother Lemon Meringue Pie

The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Grandmother’s Lemon Meringue Pie: A Culinary Masterpiece

Unveiling the Timeless Delight

The Grandmother’s Lemon Meringue Pie stands as a testament to culinary excellence, combining a symphony of flavors and textures that captivate the taste buds. In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the intricacies of preparing this timeless dessert that transcends generations.

Crafting the Perfect Pastry Base

The foundation of any exceptional Lemon Meringue Pie is a meticulously crafted pastry shell. To achieve this, start with a pre-baked 9-inch pastry shell. This sets the stage for a crisp and golden base that complements the luscious filling.

The Soulful Filling


  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • A dash of sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Grated rind of one large lemon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, sea salt, and cornstarch. Add boiling water and grated lemon rind. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Simmer for 10 minutes and stir in the butter.
  2. Beat the egg yolks with lemon juice. Gradually incorporate this mixture into the hot filling, ensuring a well-blended consistency. Strain the mixture into the pre-baked pastry shell and bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees F.

The Fluffy Meringue Crown

Meringue Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • A pinch of fine sea salt

Meringue Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, beat the three egg whites. Add lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Begin beating slowly, generating small, stable bubbles. After a minute, increase the speed until soft peaks form.
  2. Gradually beat in 6 tablespoons of superfine sugar, 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time, until stiff peaks form. This process takes several minutes. If superfine sugar isn’t available, grind granulated sugar in a food processor until very fine. This yields about 4 cups of meringue.
  3. Spread the meringue onto the pie, ensuring it “seals” the edges by touching all the edges of the pastry shell. Bake for an additional 20 minutes at 375 degrees F.

Pro Tips for Perfect Meringue

  1. Choose the Right Bowl: Ensure your bowl is impeccably clean. Avoid plastic or aluminum, as they may retain traces of oils even after washing. Copper, stainless steel, or glass bowls work best.
  2. Optimal Egg Whites Temperature: Let the egg whites reach room temperature before whipping for the fluffiest meringue.

By following these meticulous steps, you’ll unlock the secrets to crafting the perfect Grandmother’s Lemon Meringue Pie. It’s a delightful journey that combines precision with tradition, resulting in a dessert that transcends time.

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Laura J. Boss

Meet Laura J. Boss, a passionate blogger and cooking enthusiast who loves to experiment with different recipes and cuisines from around the world. Born and raised in a small town, I grew up watching my mother cook and developed a keen interest in the art of cooking from an early age.After completing my education, I decided to pursue my passion for cooking and started my own food blog. My blog features a wide range of recipes, from traditional family favorites to fusion dishes that I have created myself. My blog has gained a huge following, with many of my readers trying out my recipes and sharing their own cooking experiences.When I am not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures. I believe that food is an important part of every culture, and love to learn about new ingredients and cooking techniques from around the world.Through my blog, I aim to inspire and encourage others to cook and experiment with different flavors and ingredients. I believe that cooking is not just about making delicious meals, but also about sharing love and creating memories with family and friends.Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, my blog has something for everyone. So why not give my recipes a try and discover the joy of cooking for yourself?