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Lemon Meringue Pie

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Pastry Shell

  • 4oz plain flour (110g)
  • 1oz margarine (25g)
  • 1oz lard (25g)
  • some cold water
  • cling film

Lemon Filling

  • 2 large lemons (untreated ones are best because we need their rind and juice)
  • 1/2 pint of cold water (275ml)
  • 3 level tablespoons corn flour
  • 1.5oz butter (40g)
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2oz caster sugar (50g)


  • 2 large egg whites
  • 4oz caster sugar (110g)

Making Instructions


  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C)
  • Grease a pastry dish about 8in (20cm) wide (e.g. a loose-bottom tin)
  • Grate the lemons to obtain the lemon rind.
  • Squeeze the lemons to obtain the lemon juice.

Pastry Shell

  • Rub margarine and lard into the flour until you have the consistency of small, light breadcrumbs,
  • then add a little water and bring it all together to a dough ball.
  • Wrap in cling film, and chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
  • Roll out to a round shape and line the tin with it, easing the dough into the tin (we don't want to get it stretched).
  • With a fork, prick the dough at the bottom of the tin, making lots of little holes in it. (We don't want the dough to rise, but to stay flat during baking, so the shape can be filled.)
  • Bake in the oven on a high shelf for 20 to 25 minutes or until light brown.
  • Remove pastry case (keep in tin), then lower the oven temperature to 300°F (150°C) for the meringue.

Lemon Filling

  • Measure 1/2 pint of cold water into a jug,
  • spoon corn flour and sugar into a bowl, then
  • add enough water to mix this into a paste.
  • Pour the rest of the water and the lemon rind into a small saucepan,
  • bring to boil, then pour it into the courn flour paste and mix until smooth.
  • Transfer the mix back into the saucepan, bring back to boil, then simmer gently for about one minute. Keep stirring!
  • Remove pan from heat and beat in the egg yolk, lemon juice and butter.
  • Pour the lemon mix into the pastry shell and spread out evenly. If your shell is a bit too small, make sure you leave enough room for the meringue to go on top.


  • Whisk the egg whites in a clean, large bowl until they form stiff peaks,
  • beat in the sugar, 1/4 at a time, then
  • spread or pipe the meringue mix onto the filling, sealing the edges and forming a nice peaky pattern on top.
  • Bake for 45 minutes (at 150°C) until cream-coloured.
  • Before serving, leave to cool long enough for the lemon filling to solidify.


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