Lemon Pie

Lemon Pie

There is several ways to do the lemon pie, with meringue or without meringue, made with pie crust, shortcrust pastry or sweet pastry ( PÂTE SUCRÉE in french), this pie is really easy to make, it needs basic ingredients so I hope you will like this recipe !!.

I keep the weights of the ingredients in grams to avoid rounding them and giving you wrong measures,  I suggest you to use a scale that indicates the weight in grams.

The supplies you will need:

  • One Round Pie Ring 9 inches.
  • Parchment paper
  • Icing Spatula
  • A stand Mixer
  • Silicone Spatula
  • Immersion hand blender
  • Strainer


For the Sweet  pastry (Pâte sucrée):

  • 200 g Flour
  • 120 g butter
  • 80 g icing sugar
  • 30 g sugar
  • 40 g eggs
  • 1 g salt

For the lemon curd :

  • 2 Yellow Lemon
  • 12 Cl lemon juice
  • 120 g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 175 g butter

For the Italian meringue:

  • 75 g egg whites
  • 150 g sugar
  • 35 g water


Making the sweet paste:

  • In a mixing bowl, mix the butter until it becomes like a cream.
  • Add the eggs and the flour using the spatula or your hand until you get a ball of dough, cover it with a plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 2 hours.

Sweet pastry

How to mold the sweet crust in the ring ( Façonner la pâte in French):

  • Butter inside the ring.
  • Roll out the dough in a floured surface until it is 11 inches large or more.

Sweet pastry

  • Place the ring on the table and try to put the dough inside it, cut the extra dough that exceeds the ring using the pastry roll.

Sweet pastry

Sweet pastry

  • Start shaping (Façonner) the sweet pastry by pressing it inside the ring using your thumb finger (remove again the extra pastry )

Sweet pastry

Sweet pastry

  • Don’t forget to sting the paste with a fork

Sweet pastry

  • On a backing tray, put the parchment paper first , the ring with the sweet pastry and then an other parchment paper.
  •  Fill the ring with beans to prevent the sweet pastry from swelling.

Sweet pastry

  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F (180 c) for 15 min .
  • Remove the beans and the parchment paper on the top, and bake for another 15 min.

Sweet pastry

Making the Lemon curd :

  • In a saucepan, bring the sugar, the eggs, the juice and the zest of the two yellow lemon to a boil while stirring .

Lemon Curd

  • When the mixture becomes thick remove it from the heat, filter it on the butter that you’ve already cut into cubes (use a strainer ).

Lemon Curd

  • Mix the previous mixture using the immersion hand blender (it is required otherwise your lemon curd will be liquid).
    note: don’t use the blender, your lemon curd will be full of bubbles, and it is not the expected results, the cream should be smooth without bubbles.
  • Pour the lemon cream on the sweet pastry, let it cool in the fridge. (Use the icing spatula to smooth the lemon curd)

Lemon Pie

Making the Italian meringue:

  • In a saucepan, bring the water and the sugar to a boil (to make syrup).
  • When the syrup reaches the temperature 230 F (110 c)  Start whipping the egg whites using the stand mixer (this meringue require a stand mixer and thermometer),
  • Once the syrup reaches 244F (118 c), remove it from heat and poor it on the  egg whites while whipping (add it little by little ), you should have a smooth texture ( at the end of the beater the meringue looks like bird beak” Bec d’oiseau in french”)

Italian Meringue

  • Decorate your pie using a pastry bag fitted with a star tip.


Lemon meringue


42 comments on “Lemon Pie

  1. I want this right now. This looks delicious and you make it seem like it’s pretty easy to make. I might just go to the grocery store right now hahaha MMMMMM

  2. This looks amazing! The only pie I like better than lemon is key lime, so I know I’ll love this! I’m going to pin it to try one day.

    • Thank You Whitney, The home made lemon pie has nothing to do with commercial one, the lemon cream is made with real lemon not with the chemical yellow product that they put in the Lemon pie , I hope you will try it you will see the difference :)

  3. This looks amazzzzzinnnngggg! I usually drive over an hour to a nearby town that carries pies that look this good! And your serving dishes are gorgeous! Where did you get the set from?

  4. I love lemon pie, it’s one of my absolute favorites! I love the combination of sweet and a little sour. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

  5. I love lemon anything. And I would have never thought to put beans in to prevent the swelling. Thank you for the great idea.

  6. I am not a good cook or baker, but I do enjoy looking at recipes and the photos too. This looks delicious and is close to motivating me to at least try making something….

  7. I am not much of a baker and honestly, lemon meringue pie is not one of my favourites. However, this looks so delicious I would love to try it!

  8. Can’t wait to try this lemon pie recipe. Mine probably won’t turn out as gorgeous as yours, but i’ll do my best.

  9. oh my word this looks and sounds amazing and as much as I love it I always buy them but thanks to you I am going to give it a try for myself

  10. This recipe looks like it would be so good. I usually love this type of dessert and will be adding this to my to try out list.

  11. I love lemon pie. I never knew that about putting beans in so the crust doesn’t swell. I am going to save this recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

  12. I absolutely love lemon pie but I’ve been nervous to try a meringue as it seems like a difficult aspect to the recipe. You make it seem very simple here and I will definitely be trying this recipe sometime soon!

    • Thank you Felicia, the meringue is not hard to make, the cooking is the hardest part especially if the oven has a high temperature, check the oldest posts in my blog you will find 2 different recipes of French and Italian meringue, you can try both and choose the easiest one :)

  13. Lemon pie has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I didn’t know how to make it homemade though. Thanks for sharing it with me.

  14. This looks tempting indeed! I absolutely love anything lemon, savory or sweet! You did a great job with the accompanying photos and what a cool trick about the beans! I had no idea! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Looks amazing! I’ve never tried this kind of cake before but definitely want to. I will be sure to go off of your recipe! Thanks for sharing.


  16. Oh wow, this would go so well with your favorite cup of tea in the afternoon or as a lovely dessert in the evening after dinner! I think it’s awesome to be able to make this at home instead of buying it outside!

  17. I love everything lemon. But I must say even in my past baking moments- making pie crust from scratch has always frightened me. You give me hope and your food always look so delicious.

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