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Lemon Meringue Pie and a Giveaway

1st February today and “Kalo Mina” as we Greeks wish each other at the beginning of each month, which is a wish to have a great month.

I have been asked by Sierra Rose to review her cookbook, “Mom’s Favorite Recipes” which is a collection of classic American recipes, like Chocolate Chip  Cookies, Southern Style Nut Fudge, Pumpkin Pie,  Candied Sweet Potatoes or Yums, Macaroni Salad, Coleslaw, Pot Roast etc.

In order to do this, I chose her Lemon Meringue Pie, lemon being one of my favourite ingredients and flavour.  Sierra uses a store bought 9 inch pie crust but as I could not get one at the supermarket I had to make one myself.

This was a very fun recipe to make, simple yet delicious. The cream is thickened with cornstarch in addition to egg yolks, and contains no milk. It reminded me something between custard and Cypriot mahalebi and was very easy to make. The cream was perfect in taste, not too sweet and the flavour of lemon was well balanced and not overwhelming and I am definitely going to use this lemon cream in the future as well.

I am sorry I have no other photos to share but soon as I made the Lemon Meringue Pie last week, my back problems kept me in bed for a few days, so the pie was eaten and I could not get any more pictures.

Tart Shell


  • 200 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 100 grams butter 10 grams shortening (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 egg beaten


  1. Sift together the flour and salt and set aside.
  2. Place the butter and shortening in your mixer and beat until softened. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten egg, beating just until incorporated.
  3. Add flour mixture and mix just until it forms a ball.
  4. Flatten dough into disk, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  5. Place the dough on parchment paper and flatten with your hands. Cover with cling film and roll out the pastry to fit into your tart pan. With the parchment paper it is easy to turn the pastry round as you are rolling, it never sticks on the counter, no flour is required to be added and it is easy to flip into the tart pan.
  6. Preheat oven to 180o C (350o F) and place rack in center of oven.
  7. When you have inverted the dough in the tart pan, cut off any dough, which is in excess, cover with parchment paper and fill tart pan with pie weights, rice or beans, making sure the weights are to the top of the pan and evenly distributed over the entire surface.
  8. Bake crust for 15 minutes, remove weighs and bake another 5 minutes until crust is dry and lightly golden brown.
  9. Cool crust on wire rack before filling.

Lemon Meringue Pie, by Sierra Rose

Cream Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine.
  • 1 9 inch pie crust

Meringue Ingredients:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 6 tablespoons sugar


  1. Combine corn starch, sugar & lemon juice. Mix well.
  2. Beat egg yolks, add to corn starch mixture. Add water.
  3. Bring mixture just to boiling over medium heat, simmer gently for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat, add margarine or butter & optional lemon rind. Stir until thoroughly blended.
  5. Pour into baked pie shell.
  6. Preheat oven to 200o C (400o F).
  7. With electric mixer at high speed beat egg whites until soft peaks are formed, gradually adding the sugar.
  8. Continue to beat at high speed to form stiff, glossy peaks. Spread over filling, sealing entire edge of pie crust to prevent shrinking.
  9. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Cool on cake rack away from draft for two hours.
  11. Refrigerate, serve cold.

Sierra was kind enough to offer a copy of her cookbook for my readers, from U.S.A.  So if you would like to win just leave a comment at this post.  Only one entry per person and P.O.Box addresses are not acceptable.

The winner will be seclected by Random.Org and will be announced in a few days.

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34 Responses

  1. I'd love to win a copy of this wonderful book. A pity I don't live in the USA…

    That pie looks mighty scrumptious!



  2. Wow! You made an American classic Ivy…it looks perfect.

  3. I argee with rosa pity we in europe miss it.
    Delicous tart.

  4. I love lemon pie. Great recipe!

  5. Lemon Meringue Pie was the first pastry I attempted while living in France! I used a "McCall's Magazine" recipe and it was a success. I think the recipe was similar to the one you used, I guess it is a classic! I love it when fancy pastry chefs pile the meringue sky-high!

  6. Oooo…. Ivy!!! I heart lemon meringue pie! It is such a nice flavor alternative to the constant chocolate around here!

  7. Lemon Meringue Pie!! Looks fabulous!!! I would love to add your cookbook to my ever growing collection. All my cookbooks are like very good friends I visit over and over again! ~LeslieMichele

  8. Jelena

    Hope your back gets better soon Ivy. The pie looks delicious 🙂

  9. What a splendid lemon tart! I love lemony food!

  10. This is one of my favorite pies, lemon is refreshing and welcome any time! The meringue looks beautiful Ivy.

  11. What a scrumptious pie and so lemony delicious 😀

  12. Cindy

    mm..that looks tasty. I have not made lemon meringue pie at home, yet.

  13. Hope you are feeling better soon Ivy! Backs can be gnarly things. I love this lemon meringue pie – which also happens to be one of my favourite desserts!

  14. Une de mes tartes préférées. J'aurai bien voulu te piquer une petite tranche juste pour goûter.
    See soon.

  15. The pie looks wonderful Ivy! It's like a breath of fresh summer air. Hope your back is feeling better.

  16. Cheryl W

    I would be so grateful to win a great cookbook like this. Oh my words, my mouth is drooling for that meringue pie. It has been so long, too long, since I had some pie. That is it, I am making one this weekend for sure.

  17. Lemon meringue pie…love lemony taste…tangy and refreshing 🙂

  18. yet this is one of the most fabolous cake missing in my oven!
    good luck to the fortunate usa winner!!!

  19. I too love love lemon… in everything.. lemon cake and bars are my fav.. but that is normal I guess everyone loves the sweets.

  20. c'est un délice c'est ma tarte préférée
    bravo pour les prix tu les mérites
    bonne soirée

  21. amazing this lemon meringue!i never made it…seems to me too hard…
    it's so good looking!

  22. Hope you are feeling better! This pie is good enough to cheer anyone up! 🙂

  23. you are tempting me to bake again…

  24. Deborah R

    Your pie looks delish! It wouldn't last half an hour around here. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Sierra's cookbook.

  25. Carol

    cdziuba@aol.com Thanks for the chance to win. Yummy!

  26. The lemon meringue pie sounds amazing! I hope you're feeling better!

  27. Would love to do her book and this meringue looks just absolutely refreshing!

  28. Darcy B

    Yes please, I need a new cookbook–I love to work my way through a good cookbook–thanks for the chance to win.

  29. Mmm, lovely pie.

  30. Chris M

    Thanks for the giveaway. Mm…..sweet lemony goodness

  31. cindy

    Yes, I would love that book as well, that pie looks very inviting.

    • Thanks for leaving a comment. The winner has been announced on the next post and is Jeanie Reeves.

  32. This looks so tasty! Nice work!

  33. Lemon meringue is my all time favourite dessert but I do prefer the condensed milk version. Unfortunately, the latter's recipe is very rare on the net! 🙁