RECIPE: My mother's lemon meringue pie

21st December 2017 3:48 PM

"NAME Something that your mother or grandmother cooked that was your favourite."

That was the question we asked you on our Facebook site and hundreds of you replied with a multitude of dishes. In this video we feature Shane Maree Moore of Kingscliffe, NSW, who gives us a glimpse of the creative process that goes on behind scenes as she recreates her mother's lemon meringue pie. We would love to see your cooking videos! Send them to:



225g (1 1/2 cups) plain flour

2 tablespoons CSR Pure Icing Sugar

125g butter, chilled, coarsely chopped

2 1/2 tablespoons iced water

Lemon filling 

50g (1/3 cup) cornflour

125ml (1/2 cup) water

250ml (1 cup) fresh lemon juice

430g (2 cups) CSR Caster Sugar

60g butter, coarsely chopped

4 eggs, separated


Step 1

Sift the flour and icing sugar into a large bowl. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Step 2

Add the water and use a round-bladed knife to stir until a dough forms. Use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl. Turn onto a sheet of non-stick baking paper and roll out to a 5mm-thick disc. Use the pastry to line a 23cm (base measurement) pie dish. Trim excess pastry. Cover the pastry with baking paper. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 180°C. Fill the lined dish with pastry weights or rice. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Remove the paper and pastry weights or rice. Bake for a further 15-20 minutes or until crisp and golden. Set aside to cool completely.

Step 4

Meanwhile, to make the lemon filling, combine the cornflour, water, lemon juice and half the sugar in a saucepan. Use a balloon whisk to stir over medium heat for 4 minutes or until the mixture boils and thickens. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, for a further 1 minute. Remove from heat. Whisk in butter and egg yolks. Transfer to a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 3 hours or until cooled completely.

Step 5

Preheat oven to 190°C. Use an electric beater to beat the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 tablespoonful at a time until the mixture is thick and glossy.

Step 6

Spread the filling over the base of the pastry case. Spoon over the meringue mixture and spread to the edge of the pastry. Use the back of a spoon to create peaks. Bake in oven for 5 minutes or until the meringue peaks are light golden. Set aside to cool completely. Serve.