Martha's Lemon Meringue Pie


Zest and juice plump lemons to make a curd that fills this classic lemon meringue pie. The tart lemon filling paired with pillows of soft meringue are a guaranteed hit no matter where you take this pie -- even if it's just a weeknight dessert.


  • Homemade or store-bought pie crust

  • Easy Lemon Curd

  • 1 cup cold water

  • ¼ cup cornstartch

  • 8 large eggs, whites only

  • cups sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Fit a homemade or store-bought pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate; line crust with parchment paper and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until crust is lightly browned, about 45 minutes. Carefully lift and remove paper with pie weights and let crust cool.

  2. Prepare Lemon Curd through step 1. Whisk together 1 cup cold water and 1/4 cup cornstarch add to lemon mixture along with butter in step 2 and continue as directed. Do not chill curd; pour directly into cooled crust and smooth top. Refrigerate until chilled and set, 3 hours (or up to 1 day).

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine egg whites, sugar and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium-high until stiff peaks form. Pile meringue on pie, making sure it touches the crust all around. Bake until meringue begins to brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

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