Old Fashioned Lemon Pie


This recipe came from a very old and dear friend, and it combines just the right amount of tartness and sweetness.

1 pie


  • 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked

  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups water

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • 3 egg whites

  • 6 tablespoons white sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. To Make Lemon Filling: In a double boiler, combine cornstarch, sugar, and salt. Stir in water, mixing well. Cook until mixture is thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

  3. Place egg yolks in a medium bowl and beat well. Slowly pour 1/2 cup of cornstarch mixture into egg yolks, whisking constantly.

  4. Pour egg yolk mixture back into cornstarch mixture in double boiler, continuing to whisk constantly. Return double boiler to heat and cook mixture 2 minutes longer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

  5. Stir butter or margarine, lemon juice, and lemon rind into thickened mixture. Allow mixture to cool, then pour into pie shell.

  6. To Make Meringue: In a large metal or glass mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add 6 tablespoons sugar a little at a time, continuing to beat until all sugar is incorporated and whites are stiff. Spread meringue into pie shell, making sure to completely cover lemon filling.

  7. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, just until meringue is golden brown. Chill before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

287 Calories
10g Fat
48g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 287
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 219mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 59mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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