Lemon Meringue Pie

The Best By Far Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

This is the best lemon meringue pie recipe that my mom has used all through my childhood. I remember so many times sitting with my mom while she made this for a braai or other special occasion. The only tweak I have done with it is to add an extra egg white to the meringue because I just love the meringue part to be huge!

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Best Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

Ingredients for lemon meringue pie:

  • 1/2 Packet Marie Biscuits
  • 1/2 Packet Tennis Biscuits
  • 100 g Butter
  • 385 ml Condensed Milk
  • 4 Eggs (3 Egg Yolks, 4 Egg Whites)
  • 2 Lemons
  • 5 Tablespoons Sugar

Preparation time: 20 mins and 10-15 mins cooking time.


  • Lots of recipes say to use shop bought lemon juice, but every time I have tried that the tart does not set well and you don’t get the zest if you use lemon juice.
  • Most recipes say to use 3 egg whites, but I like to add an extra one to make the meringue extra big.


  1. Crush the marie biscuits and tennis biscuits by putting in plastic bag and rolling with rolling pin.
  2. I don’t have a rolling pin, so I used a cup which worked well.
  3. Melt the butter and mix well into biscuits.
  4. Put this mix into a foil tart dish and spread evenly and compact with spoon. Add the 3 egg yolks to the condensed milk and squeeze the juice from the 2 lemons into the mixture.
  5. Grate the lemon zest (skin) from both lemons and add into mixture.
  6. Mix well and pour over biscuit base.
  7. Beat the 4 egg whites with an electric beater, slowly adding the sugar until it is quite stiff.
  8. Don’t beat too long or you will get butter!
  9. Spoon the egg white evenly on top. Cook at 160 for 10-15 minutes, until the meringue is a golden colour. Put the lemon meringue in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving so it can set properly.

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  1. danielle Whitten

    Hi guys

    This didn’t work really nicely hey!
    Not a happy camper! 🙁 🙁

  2. Yummy – Lemon Meringue is one of my favourites … Can’t wait to try this recipe 🙂

    • Let us know how it works for you! I’ve been using it for years and it has never failed me, but one of the moms commented that hers was a flop! Would love some more feedback.

  3. Have to try today!!!
    Tomorrow will be the first day of eating healthy and jogging / exercising my butt and fat tummy off. Lol.

    Still wanted to share that ive made that peppermint crisp on xmas day but put it in meringue nests – it was divine.
    Everyone wanted more ?

    • Oh wow Marisca, so instead of using biscuits you put the cream, caramel and peppermint crispmix in meringues? Oh that sounds wicked, I so have to give it a go. That might just be inspiration for me for another yummy dessert!

      I also made the peppermint crisp tart for Christmas.

  4. Thats exactly what i did.
    It was yummy!!!

  5. Thank for the recipe I just cope it is hope I will be able to make it. It’s looks delicious

  6. Something new to try I have never made this before. Thank for the notes and recipe… Will update you

  7. Thuliswa Phaliso

    I am drooling already definitely trying this recipe. Thank you thank you thank you

    • Lynne Huysamen

      This is one of my all time favourite recipes Thuliswa, it takes me right back to my childhood when my mom used to make it for me!

  8. LoisCarol Wessels

    Thank you – it is very similar to my recipe – will give it a go soonest!

  9. Love lemon meringue. I just never tries the half Marie biscuits and half tennis biscuits. I just used full on tennis biscuits when I made it.

    • I always do what my mom did and she mixed them so that’s how I do it! I’m not sure which is better since I’ve never done only tennis biscuits so maybe I should give that a go. I think adding the marie biscuits gives it a harder base that is more crunchy 🙂 I should experiment.

  10. this looks really yum

  11. Thank you for this recipe I am going to have to make it soon. ?

  12. Lois Carol Wessels

    Perfect – thanks for the recipe!!!!!!

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