Growing up, lemon meringue pie was one of my best desserts and I love this recipe. It always felt very grown up and something quite indulgent. My friends and I call it ‘LMP’ and it was always a favourite coffee shop treat too. I love the tartness of the lemon against the fluffy sweet meringue.
In South Africa, it’s more common to find a lemon meringue pie with a biscuit base vs a pastry one. It’s what I prefer, and for a milk tart too. You can use Marie or digestive biscuits in this recipe (Graham crackers if you are in the USA).
I used Kerrygold butter in this recipe, a top-quality Irish butter brand. Their butter is made from the milk of grass-fed free-roaming dairy cows. Kerrygold products do not contain any artificial additives and only use natural ingredients. They are a dream to use in baking.
This recipe is my second recipe for heritage month. I browned the butter first to give it a nutty flavour but it’s optional.
How to make a lemon meringue pie:
Only six ingredients are needed to make lemon meringue pie. You can make the base and filling by hand, but it’s best to use an electric whisk to make the meringue.
To make the base you will need biscuit (cookie) crumbs and melted butter. I like to use digestive biscuits but Marie biscuits or Graham crackers will work too. It is easiest to grind these up in a food processor, but otherwise, you can make them by bashing them in a Ziploc bag with a rolling pin.
The filling is made up of egg yolks, condensed milk, and the juice and zest of lemons.
The topping is Italian meringue made from the whites of the egg and sugar. Half the sugar is added directly to the whisked egg whites and the other half goes into making a syrup that cooks the egg white.
I prefer baking the lemon filling separately from the meringue. I then top the pie with Italian meringue, ensuring a large pillowy soft layer.Print
My best lemon meringue pie
My best lemon meringue pie with a biscuit (cookie) crumb base and Italian meringue topping.
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: baking
- Cuisine: USA
Keywords: Lemon meringue pie, best, recipe, cookie, biscuit, base, butter, Italian meringue
A few other South African Heritage recipes:
Earl Grey tea milk tart -Baked milk tart
A few other recipes using Kerrygold butter & cheese
*This post is sponsored by Kerrygold