Lemon Meringue Pie

We (Greeks) are now into Holy Week, “Megali Evdomada” – less than a week until Easter Sunday. Both the Catholic and Greek-Orthodox Easters (as is the case from time to time) fall on the same day this year. It is a very spiritual time for Greeks and it is indeed more significant than Christmas. The Greek Orthodox calendar places more emphasis on the death and jubilant resurrection of Christ – Easter (Pasxa).

This period before Easter is also one where practically every Greek will be adhering to a strict fast: no meat or meat by-products. That is to say that fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses and shellfish are fair game.The first day of fasting is always challenging but even that is becoming easier for me as my diet has gradually gravitated towards more vegetables and less red meat.

This period leading up to Easter Sunday is also a busy one. There are daily church services, thinking of and cooking substantive Lenten meals for the family, planning for, buying and preparing for the feast of Easter Sunday. As is the tradition, the Easter table will have lamb or goat as its centerpiece. There will be roast potatoes, there will be seasonal vegetables, Spring salads, many, many appetizers and of course, dessert and fruit.

Here at the blog level, things are also busy. Tonight, you can listen to me live on CHTO Radio as I chat and share some Lenten dishes with the audience. You can listen to me live on the radio or via the internet tonight (Monday) at 8PM EST.

I will also be trying (juggling) to offer some last minute Lenten recipe ideas plus some options for this upcoming Easter Sunday. My first offering for Easter is dessert. One of my favourite desserts EVER is Lemon Meringue Pie. This dessert is made of three basic components: a pie crust, a lemon curd filling and a meringue topping.

This recipe comes courtesy of Anna Olson, chef and TV celebrity as seen on Canada’s Food Network. Anna lives just south of Toronto in t he Niagara region and she juggles television appearances, cooking demonstrations, charity events, running her bakery/store and sharing her many, many recipes. This recipe appeared on Anna’s shoe, “Sugar” where she focused on desserts and other sugary/sweet treats.

Anna also cooks on the savory side but I must admit I am more drawn to her desserts, I have tried many of her recipes and they (recipes) nor Anna have never let me down. I present to you one of the best Lemon Mernigue Pie recipes. Now, wouldn’t this pie looks spectacular on your Easter table?

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35 Comments for “Lemon Meringue Pie”

says:

That pie would look good just about anywhere but especially on a plate sitting right in front of me! My favorite pie of all time! Why don’t I make that more often??? Thanks for the reminder!

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I love lemon meringue pie! And would you believe, have never made one? My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Congrats on the radio gig, too!

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There is not a doubt in my mind that lemon meringue is the true winner and my absolute favourite. Whenever I see it on the menu I leave room for dessert.

says:

A lemon pie is a perfect refreshing spring dessert. Beautifully done.

You’re going to rock that radio talk!

Always interesting to read about your Greek traditions. Having grown up Catholic, it’s fun to compare and contrast traditions.

says:

Είναι η αγαπημένη μου τάρτα! Και την έκανες τέλεια! Μπρόβο Πήτερ και καλό Πάσχα!

says:

I’ll be honest, making lemon meringue pie scares the gibbies out of me. I’d just cross my fingers that I get the invite to your Pascha bash.

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Those perfectly browned tendrils of meringue have me sighing, Peter. Lemon pie is one of my all-time favorite desserts, too. And it just SCREAMS spring. Which is a Very Good Thing right about now.

says:

Τι πιο ωραίο επιδόρπιο για μετά το πασχαλινό φαγοπότι???
Τλεκεια Peter!!!!
Καλή Μεγαλοβδομάδα!!!!

says:

La meringue est magnifique !
ça mérite d’attendre la fin de la semaine pascale pour dévorer tsoureki et tarte au citron !

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not only is the meringue portion really pretty, the filling looks lovely as well! no doubt about it, peter–this pie’s a looker!

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I love that you have so much filling and less meringue. Some pies are piled too high with the meringue and it makes it too sweet. This looks perfect.

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Oh yes, a busy week indeed! I love Easter and everything it stands for. Wish I could have made it home for the holidays this year.

says:

Lemon meringue pie was the first dessert I ever made, in France, I made it from scratch from a recipe in McCalls Magazine; I know your recipe is great because I have tried it before and I like the fact that the meringue on top has only a little sugar. I am potty for lemon meringue pie!

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oh my peter this looks divine. i just want to forget the fork and simply sink my teeth into that slice! the peaks look perfect!

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What a glorious-looking pie! Lemon meringue is one of my favourites and I haven’t had it for ages. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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Absolutely one of my all time favorites! And your pie is gorgeous! Lemon curd would make it nice and tangy too!
Looking forward to your other Easter recipes!

Ξανθή

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Peter τι ωραίο κομμάτι είναι αυτό;;;εγώ που δεν είμαι τόσο των γλυκών θέλω τώρα ένα κομμάτι!!!
Καλό Πάσχα!!!!

says:

Great pie Peter. I am not a fan of lemon meringue pie for some obscure reason, as I like both lemon pie and meringue. I guess I have never tried a good one!