Ultimate lemon meringue pie

Ultimate lemon meringue pie

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Prep: 1 hr, 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 45 mins Or 40-50 mins if baking the pastry a day ahead


Serves 6 - 8
You can't go wrong with one of Angela Nilsen's ultimates and this is no exception

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal480
  • fat24g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars41g
  • fibre1g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.53g
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For the pastry

  • 175g plain flour
  • 100g cold butter, cut in small pieces



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 egg yolk

For the filling

  • 2 level tbsp cornflour
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • finely grated zest 2 large lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 125ml fresh lemon juice (from 2-3 lemons)
  • juice 1 small orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 85g butter, cut into pieces



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 3 egg yolk and a 1 whole egg

For the meringue

  • 4 egg white, room temperature
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 2 level tsp cornflour

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  1. For the pastry, put the flour, butter, icing sugar, egg yolk (save the white for the meringue) and 1 tbsp cold water into a food processor. Using the pulse button so the mix is not overworked, process until the mix starts to bind. Tip the pastry onto a lightly floured surface, gather together until smooth, then roll out and line a 23 x 2.5cm loose-bottom fluted flan tin. Trim and neaten the edges. Press pastry into flutes. The pastry is quite rich, so don’t worry if it cracks, just press it back together. Prick the base with a fork, line with foil, shiny side down, and chill for 1⁄2-1 hour (or overnight).

  2. Put a baking sheet in the oven and heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Bake the pastry case ‘blind’ (filled with dry beans) for 15 mins, then remove the foil and bake a further 5-8 mins until the pastry is pale golden and cooked. Set aside. (Can be done a day ahead if you want to get ahead.) Lower the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.

  3. While the pastry bakes, prepare the filling: mix the cornflour, sugar and lemon zest in a medium saucepan. Strain and stir in the lemon juice gradually. Make orange juice up to 200ml/7fl oz with water and strain into the pan. Cook over a medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and smooth. Once the mixture bubbles, remove from the heat and beat in the butter until melted. Beat the egg yolks (save white for meringue) and whole egg together, stir into the pan and return to a medium heat. Keep stirring vigorously for a few minutes, until the mixture thickens and plops from the spoon. (It will bubble, but doesn’t curdle.) Take off the heat and set aside while you make the meringue.

  4. Put the egg whites in a large bowl. Whisk to soft peaks, then add half the sugar a spoonful at a time, whisking between each addition without overbeating. Whisk in the cornflour, then add the rest of the sugar as before until smooth and thick. Quickly reheat the filling and pour it into the pastry case. Immediately put spoonfuls of meringue around the edge of the filling (if you start in the middle the meringue may sink), then spread so it just touches the pastry (this will anchor it and help stop it sliding). Pile the rest into the centre, spreading so it touches the surface of the hot filling (and starts to cook), then give it all a swirl. Return to the oven for 18-20 mins until the meringue is crisp and slightly coloured. Let the pie sit in the tin for 30 mins, then remove and leave for at least another 1⁄2-1 hr before slicing. Eat the same day.

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Comments (223)

sallybeattie's picture

My husband loves lemon meringue and I"ve made this a few times now and he absolutely loves it. He says its the best he's ever tasted. I don't change anything in the recipe except that I use Splenda, to taste, in the filling to keep the sugar content down and I use ready rolled pastry. Well worth trying!

beclam's picture

Really yummy, easy to make and a definite one to do again!

emmachicaboo's picture

Just used the recipe for the meringue, as a first timer, very easy to make and meringues were beautiful, will use time and time again

carolwright25's picture

It really is the ultimate, I'll use this recipe from now on. I didn't have an orange so I used another lemon. The pastry is wonderful.

kaiamax's picture

A delicious recipe! But be warned....... If your husband likes it as much as mine does you'll be making it every weekend!
(Tip - I use 200ml of carton orange juice instead of squeezing one and that works fine.)

gemma2107's picture

Very good result most simple recipe I've found

katiabh's picture

I've done this a few times now and everyone says it's the best lemon meringue pie they ever had. Always a favourite now.
The lemon filling is absolutely gorgeous.
Have not changed anything at all in the recipe.

food_lover123's picture

I've made a few LMP's over the years. I learnt as a child by watching my grandmother and my mother make them. Cornflour was never included in the meringue though. My mums meringue was always peaked very high, very crispy on top and not too wet inside. Despite hours of very low, slow heat they always stayed very pale and golden on top. I've spent years trying to replicate those LMP's myself but can never quite get the right amount of height and crispiness. I don't like overly mushy meringue centres.

Can someone please tell me what the reason is for using cornflour in this particular LMP recipe? Does it make the meringue rise or what exactly?
Please advise. Thanks.

dlebari's picture

I have made this now more than a few times and was so good i even devoured one without guests. my guests love it everytime i make it and usually want it before the starter or main course.
i like mine very tart so i tend to use more lemon rind and a wee bit more juice in the lemon curd.

valleyvals's picture

Halved the ingredients & made a mini pie. Pastry came out a bit well done - assuming it got crispier a little quicker being smaller. Me & my husband enjoyed! 7/10

kidskitchen's picture

The BEST. First time I ever made a lemon meringue and am so impressed with the recipe and myself!

mtebani's picture

I made it today, it turned out fantastic!

kymjgolding's picture

OMG OMG this is the nicest Lemon meringue pie I have ever made, and trust me I have made a few in my time..everybody loved it the meringue was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and it was just the right depth for the filling, I was'nt sure about putting orange juice in it as I have never done this before but it was a good balance just the right sweetness, I will be making this again very soon. x

freddy01's picture

one of the best recipes for lmp i have done. so easy my husband made it and he is a beginner cook
we are having this with our sunday lunch mmmmmmmmm

bantoniadis's picture

First ever time I've commented any recipe...fantastic

hawkgrrrl's picture

Fabulous recipe, it works extremely well. I had never made lemon meringue pie and decided to try this recipe two days ago for a friend at work who doesn't like sponge. First of all I need to say that this recipe is very easy and just takes a bit of time. The finished result was stunning and I couldn't get over how well it turned out. I thought it would not travel well either and be a pool of soup byt he time I got it to work but it travelled well (I take public transport) and held the set perfectly. My friends at work were blown away by the way it looked and then by the flavour. I have been offered money to produce one for christmas!!! I'm definitely not a great or very experienced baker so I would highly recommend this recipe. Try it!!

ricardo74's picture

Can you Freeze or chill the lemon meringue pie a day before using?

mcconta's picture

So easy my 9yr old made it almost by himself and tasted fantastic!

philliewillie's picture

Made this yesterday for a friends informal get together, needless to say the pie was cleared in 5 minutes. best one ive made ever! Thank you :)

nyancancook's picture

Flavours were perfect...spent HOURS (albeit sporadic stints in the kitchen), and after letting it sit for a few hours, confirmed the filling was thick enough to be confident it would set given pastry cracked near edges, so I figured having doubled the filling to fill the pan, it would be thick enough not to leak...THEN....following the last instruction perfectly, assuming I had to leave the pie in the tin for half an hour like with a pavlova, to prevent cracking...merely started trying to take it from the pan after 1/2 hour, and....PLOP! The filling came slopping out the gap : (. Recipe didn't specify to TAKE THE PIE OUT after cooking, then let it cool for at least 1 hour (winter weather....summer much longer I guess) time will increase pastry by 50%...yummy flavours though : )


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