Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie: A Recipe Close to the Heart



1 pre-baked pie crust
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
⅓ cup cornstarch
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups water
⅔ cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 large egg yolks, lightly whisked
1 tablespoon lemon zest, grated
4 large egg whites
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
½ cup granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt, gradually introducing water and lemon juice while whisking to a smooth consistency. Incorporate butter and position the saucepan on medium heat. Constantly stir until the concoction thickens and achieves a boil. Allow boiling for 1 minute, then withdraw from heat.
In a separate bowl, blend the beaten egg yolks and slowly introduce about 1 cup of the hot lemon concoction, whisking continuously until well amalgamated. Transfer the egg yolk mix back into the saucepan, mixing consistently with the remaining lemon mixture. Reintroduce to heat, achieving a gentle boil, and perpetually stir for an additional 2 minutes.
Withdraw from heat, mix in the grated lemon zest, and pour the luscious lemon filling into the pre-baked pie crust, setting it aside.
In another bowl, whisk egg whites and cream of tartar on a medium setting until soft peaks emerge. Gradually introduce sugar, amplifying to high speed, and continue to beat until stiff peaks take shape. Delicately spoon the meringue atop the hot lemon filling, ensuring it reaches the edges to perfectly seal the pie.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until the meringue gloriously golden. Allow it to cool thoroughly on a wire rack before delighting in each slice.
Slice and immerse yourself in each delectable bite of Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie, reveling in the dreamy lemon filling and pillowy meringue that render this dessert genuinely phenomenal.

The essence of this recipe transcends the mere concept of dessert - it’s a heartfelt link to yesteryears and a vibrant opportunity to craft fresh, treasured memories. Be it a festive occasion, a convivial family gathering, or a simple moment of self-indulgence, Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie persistently stands as a sweet reminder of the love and joy meticulously baked into this exceptionally stunning dish. One bite, and you'll comprehend why this recipe beckons to be preserved and revisited, time and time again.