My Mom’s Lemon Meringue Pie has always been a staple in our family and our holidays, and you will understand why with the first delicious bite!
I have been thinking about my mom a lot lately. As we near the birth of our son in a month or less, I can’t help but think about what advice she might have given or what stories she might have told about me as a baby. But really I think most about how excited she would have been about her “baby having a baby” as she said the night we told my parents we were pregnant.
For those of you who might be new here at The Love Nerds or just popping in to get my Mom’s Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe (my favorite pie by the way), let me explain. My mom passed away 6 months ago from Pancreatic Cancer. 6 months ago yesterday. Today – today she would have turned 65. To say that this weekend is difficult and filled with thoughts of my mother is an understatement. She was my best friend and biggest supporter, especially of this blog. It has taken me these past 6 months to truly start feeling invested in my work and creative again because every day it feels weird not having her to brainstorm with and even craft alongside.
I don’t think there will ever be a day that doesn’t feel weird without her. That doesn’t feel somehow lacking. All I can do is try to make her proud. To live by the example that she provided us. To be a good mom myself.
To bake for my family and remember her through our favorite recipes of hers, like this Lemon Meringue Pie. When mom made pie, which was usually for holidays and often for my birthday, she would make her apple pie and her Lemon Meringue Pie. Her lemon was my favorite.
In the last couple of years, if I was around while she was baking, we would team attack this pie. While she prepped the pie crust and whipped up the meringue, I would make the filling. I learned quickly what it took to make the filling – measure correctly, don’t stop stirring, 1 minute means 1 minute, and try to stand back to not be splattered on (it hurts!).
When I decided to make this pie to bring out to my dad’s house in honor of my mom’s birthday, I realized I had never once made a pie crust look pretty as I tend to make mini pies versus a whole pie and I had never made meringue before. I could hear my mother complaining about her meringue over and over again. It rarely ever met her satisfaction, and I became worried! I don’t think this pie is as pretty as my mom’s would have been, but I do know that it will be nice to have a piece of her there with us tomorrow and I do know that the filling should taste up to her standards after years of practice. Now, to the recipe!
- 1 pie crust
- 1.5 c sugar
- ⅓ c cornstarch
- 1.5 c water
- 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
- 3 tbsp butter
- ¼ c lemon juice
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 6 egg whites
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 12 tbsp sugar
- Bake your pie shell as instructed on the box.
- Mix sugar and cornstarch in saucepan. Gradually stir in water.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil for 1 minute.
- Slowly stir at least half the mixture into egg yolks. Then, blend that back into the saucepan.
- Boil 1 minute longer, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat. Continue stirring until smooth. Then blend in butter thoroughly, then lemon juice and lemon zest.
- Add filling into baked pie shell. Cover with Meringue once prepared.
- I recommend using a standing mixer if you have one. Beat egg whites and lemon juice until frothy.
- Gradually add 1 tbsp of sugar at a time.
- Continue beating on medium-high until sugar is dissolved and meringue is stiff and glossy. Do NOT under beat.
- Pile meringue on top of hot pie filling, being careful to seal the meringue onto the edges of the pie crust. This will prevent the meringue from pulling away and shrinking. Swirl or pull up points with fork for decorative purposes.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until slightly browned.
- Remove and cool away from any drafts.
For those of you that might be interested … For Christmas a couple years ago, I bought my mom, my sister, and myself an engraved cutting board with this recipe on it. As mom’s quintessential recipe, it felt right for all of us to have it in a nice keepsake. If you are interested in having your own cutting board with recipe or know someone who would love this as a gift, I recommend searching Etsy. The shop I used is now closed but I know there are other shops that do similar products.