How to make lemon meringue pie with sweetened condensed milk features a creamy lemon filling topped with sweet meringue.
The recipe calls for a few simple ingredients is one of our favorite desserts.
The Best Lemon Meringue Pie
I’ve been eating the classic lemon meringue pie recipe all of my life, and it really is the best lemon meringue pie.
It’s super duper easy to make and tastes amazing.
The recipe is made with just a few ingredients including lemons and sweetened condensed milk for a rich and creamy dessert.
You can’t go wrong with this easy lemon pie recipe.
And, who doesn’t love pie?
Traditional Lemon Meringue Pie – An Old Fashioned Recipe
Making pie is a good, old southern tradition–one that needs to be passed on for generations. It’s an art form.
What Ingredients Do I Need to Make the Pie?
Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.
How To Make Lemon Meringue Pie
- Preheat oven to 325-degrees.
- Prepare the Nilla Wafer crust in the pie pan.
- Add the sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, and lemon juice to a medium bowl and combine. Gently pour into the pie pan.
- In a separate bowl, add the egg whites. Mix until stiff peaks form, add sugar, and cream of tarter.
- Top pie and bake for approximately ten minutes or until meringue is golden brown.
The Love of Pie
I have passed my love of pie down to my kids. They will ask, on a regular basis, for pie. Lemon meringue pie, chocolate pie, caramel pie, or pretty much any kind of cream pie.
We’ve been known to take trips down to Sarasota, Florida, just to eat pie. Yoder’s Amish Restaurant is famous for their pies.
So famous, in fact, they sell thousands at Thanksgiving and Christmastime. Talk about a feel-good, comfort-filled kind of place.
I am partial to the chocolate cream pie, but I will venture out and try others, as well.
Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie is an easy recipe. Let’s start cooking!
Start by lining the vanilla wafers in the bottom of the pie pan. Set aside.
I try to get little pieces of cookie in between the little cookie spaces so there’s plenty of crust.
For this recipe, you can use a pie crust, or a graham cracker crust. If you choose to use a pie crust, you will need to bake it first.
If you want a graham cracker crust, you will need to crush the graham crackers, add some melted butter and press it into a pan.
I have always made my crust with Nilla Wafers and they are so much easier to line up and prepare.
Secondly, add the sweetened condensed milk to a medium bowl.
I selfishly made this pie while my kids weren’t around so I could lick the can lid of sweetened condensed milk. You have my permission. It’s a mom perk!
Thirdly, add the lemon juice to the sweetened condensed milk.
You can either squeeze some lemons and use fresh lemon juice, or buy the store-bough jar. Either one will work well.
To add a little more zing to your flavor, grate about a teaspoon of lemon rind and add it to the mixing bowl. Just a little bit will get those taste buds going.
Fourthly, add two egg yolks to the lemon juice to the sweetened condensed milk mixture.
Mix everything together with a whisk or a fork.
Gently pour the lemon pie filling into the crust.
Be careful to pour slowly, or you’ll knock cookies out of place. I speak from experience.
Once you pour the sweetened condensed milk lemon pie mixture onto the crust, set it aside while you get the meringue ready.
How to Make Meringue
I’ve learned a few things, the hard way, about meringue over the years. I’ve ended up with styrofoam, runny, or just plain flat meringue.
Here are a few tips:
- When you separate the egg yolk from the whites, make sure the bowl is clean and dry before you add the whites. If there is even one drop of water in the bowl, it will keep the meringue from fluffing up.
- You will have the same issue if you accidentally get the egg yolks in the bowl with the whites. So be sure to scoop out the yolks if you accidentally get them in the bowl with the whites.
- If you have a hard time separating the eggs, don’t let that stop you. You can always buy an egg separator on Amazon or at the store.
Start by beating the egg whites until they form stiff peaks with an electric mixer. It will take a couple of minutes.
Next, add the cream of tartar to the stiff egg whites and beat a minute more. You can also add the cream of tartar before you start beating the eggs. I have done it both ways.
Add the sugar and beat until the sugar is mixed in and soft peaks form.
Finally, spread it over the lemon pie mixture.
Once the meringue is on the pie, I take my spatula, or the back of a spoon, and sort of give it a few taps to get some peaks.
Bake it in the oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until the meringue is golden brown.
Let it cool or the pie will be runny. It will still taste amazing, but runny. We impatiently wait for it to cool and then dig in to eat the delicious yumminess.
If you make one, let me know what you think in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear from you.
Do you need to refrigerate lemon meringue pie?
After you cook the lemon meringue pie, you need to let it cool and set up at room temperature. After about two hours you need to refrigerate the pie.
Do not leave the pie out longer than two hours because bacteria will begin to grow.
Be sure to put the pie in a container to stay fresh longer in the refrigerator. I’ve bought several Tupperware pie holders at the thrift store that are in great condition. They are a perfect size and work great to keep your pies.
- Vanilla Wafers
- 1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 2 egg yolks
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
Preheat oven to 325-degrees.
- Line the base and edges of the pie pan with vanilla wafers. Set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl, mix the egg yolks, lemon juice, and sweetened condensed milk.
- Pour mixture into the pie pan. Pour slowly and gently so you don't push the cookies out of their position.
- In another bowl, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
- Add the cream of tartar and beat.
- Add the sugar and continue to beat until blended.
- Pour on top of the pie.
- Bake it in the oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until the meringue is golden brown.
- Let it cool and eat.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 305Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 133mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 0gSugar: 50gProtein: 8g
Nutrition is approximate.