Published Sep 30, 2010 in Pies

This recipe was clipped from a newspaper and found in a large collection, marked date is 1980. I’ve typed it below along with a scanned copy.

Recipe Clipping For Best Ever Lemon Pie

Best Ever Lemon Pie

1 baked pie shell
1 1/4 cups sugar
6 tbsp. cornstarch
2 cups water
1/3 cup lemon juice
3 eggs, separated
3 tsp. butter
1 1/2 tsp. lemon extract
2 tsp. vinegar

Mix sugar, cornstarch together in top of double boiler. Add the two cups of water. Combine egg yolks with juice and beat. Add to rest of mixture. Cook until thick over boiling water for 25 minutes. This does away with starchy taste. Now add lemon extract, butter and vinegar and stir thoroughly. Pour into nine-inch pie shell and let cool. Cover with meringue and brown in oven.

Never-fail Meringue

1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. cold water
1/2 cup boiling water
3 egg whites
6 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Pinch of salt

Blend cornstarch and cold water in a saucepan. Add boiling water and cook, stirring until clear and thickened. Let stand until COMPLETELY cold. With electric beater at high speed, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add sugar and beat until STIFF, but not dry. Turn mixer to low speed, add salt and vanilla. Gradually beat in cold cornstarch mixture. Turn mixer again to high speed and beat well.

Spread meringue over cooled pie filling. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. This meringue cuts beautifully and never gets sticky. Enjoy!

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7 Responses to Best Ever Lemon Pie Recipe Clipping

Published 14 May, 2016 in 7:53 pm

Sounds good based on ingredients, and I have a lemon tree. Also love meringue on lemon pie. Thanks for sharing your 1980’s recipe!

Published 15 November, 2016 in 1:40 pm

Best lemon pie

Jennifer Whaley
Published 13 April, 2017 in 6:21 am

I believe this is older than 1980. My family(Great grandmother, great aunt, grandma) has this exact recipe (even the title), and were using it prior to that year, to my knowledge.

Published 17 April, 2017 in 8:51 pm

The filling was great. The meringue was horrible and went flat. Would love to find one that stays up after being baked for at least a day without getting beads of water on it and going flat.

Published 14 November, 2018 in 11:35 am

The first time I made this, it turned out perfect. The second time I made this, it didn’t turn out as good because I added extra lemon juice and I didn’t wait for the cornstarch mixture to cool enough, therefore the meringue went flat. We ate it anyway. Still was good but won’t to my own thing again.

Published 18 March, 2019 in 12:49 am

Do you happen to have a vintage recipe like the lemon pie for a butterscotch pie with a merengue

Published 20 April, 2019 in 9:00 pm

Curious what does the vinegar do in a lemon pie .?

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