For the Pie Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons ice water

For the Lemon Filling:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon

For the Meringue:

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the Pie Crust:

  1. In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, and chilled butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Gradually add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, and pulse until the dough comes together.
  3. Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Roll out the dough and place it in a 9-inch pie dish. Trim the edges and crimp as desired. Prick the bottom with a fork.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Blind bake the crust for about 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Let it cool.

For the Lemon Filling:

  1. In a saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually add water, whisking to avoid lumps.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens.
  3. Remove from heat. Gradually whisk in beaten egg yolks.
  4. Return to heat and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in butter, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  6. Pour the lemon filling into the baked pie crust.

For the Meringue:

  1. In a clean, dry bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.
  2. Gradually add sugar, one tablespoon at a time, while continuing to beat until stiff, glossy peaks form.
  3. Beat in vanilla extract.
  4. Spread the meringue over the lemon filling, ensuring it touches the crust to prevent shrinking.


  1. Bake the pie at 350°F (175°C) for about 12-15 minutes or until the meringue is golden.
  2. Allow the pie to cool completely before slicing.

Enjoy your Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie!

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