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Angel Pie Recipe
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Angel Pie

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"A lemon cream pie with a meringue crust."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 10 inch pie Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 30 mins

    3 hrs


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F ( 120 degrees C).
  2. Beat egg whites until stiff. Add cream of tartar and gradually add 1 cup sugar; beat until glossy. Turn the meringue into a well-greased 10 inch pie plate. Spread over bottom and sides of plate, building up the sides 1/2 inch above the edge of the plate. Place in oven, and bake 1 1/2 hours. Turn off oven, and leave meringue inside to cool slowly.
  3. Combine egg yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons zest, and lemon juice in double boiler. Cook and stir over medium low heat until thick. Cool thoroughly.
  4. Whip cold cream until stiff. Place half of the whipped cream in the meringue shell. Cover with a layer of the lemon filling and top with the remainder of the whipped cream. This top layer can be put on with a decorative tube. Garnish with remaining lemon zest. Refrigerate.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 30, 2006

Delicious light and yummy lemon pie with a shell that melts in your mouth. The directions do not tell you to put the beaten egg whites into the pie plate and to "mold" the eggwhite edges upwards to hold in the filling after the shell is baked. I have made a similar pie before so I knew to do this. I did not use a bouble bolier as the instructions said, but just cooked the egg yolk mixture over medium low heat until it was thick and began to boil. Be sure to cool both the shell and the lemon mixture completely as the instructions tell you. I used two cups of whipped cream and added a little vanilla and powdered sugar to the whipped cream for a hint of sweetening. I garnished the top with a few fresh red raspberries on each piece. I will definately make this recipe again as it is a real winner. I served this for company and everyone loved it!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 02, 2015

Not sure why this was rated so highly by most folks, but we found it to be odd. Not great flavor, a strange consistency, just ODD, lol. I would MUCH MUCH prefer a lemon meringue pie over this concoction.


44 Ratings

Jun 09, 2006

This is a trustworthy recipe--no "surprises." Just remember that you're not making a pudding type of filling, you're making a curd, which behaves much differently on the stove. I also whip 2 cups of cream and add about a quarter cup of sugar and 1/2 tsp. vanilla to it. I lighten the curd by folding in a little of the whipped cream. Not only does this lighten it up, it also gives the base a velvety feel to the tongue. Garnish with lemon rind curls & you've got a winner.

Jul 25, 2008

This is similar to my recipe, but I am all about easy. No need to use a double boiler--just cook the lemon juice, sugar (reduced to 1/3 cup) and egg yolk over medium low heat, whisking constantly until thick. When the lemon curd has completely cooled, fold in 2 stiffly beaten egg whites and 1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip. Pour into meringue shell and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Then top it with real whipped cream and garnish with lemon peel. This is a great Spring/Summer pie! P.S. Always use a glass pie plate and spray it well with cooking spray before putting in the meringue. This will make serving the pie much easier.

May 27, 2003

I am on a low carb diet. I substituted "Splenda" sweetener for the sugar and this pie was excellent!

Apr 14, 2009

This is a wonderfully light and refreshing dessert. I made a mess of it trying to serve it and I'm glad it wasn't for company. Baked meringue is very fragile and I had a heck of a time getting a slice out in one piece. So for presentation, unless you're a whiz at cutting meringe, I'd only give it a 3, but the taste is definitely 5-star. The lemon is delightfully tart and is balanced by the sweetness of the meringue crust. I see no need to sweeten the whipped cream as it seems the dessert is sweet enough without it. I was concerned about the relatively small amount of lemon curd compared to the other ingredients, but the intense flavor carries through even though the amount is small. This is a wonderful alternative to lemon meringue pie. 4/12/09--I shaped individual crusts on parchment on a cookie sheet. This worked well and I didn't have the mess trying to cut it that I had when it was a whole pie.

May 14, 2009

This pie induced much selfishness and ill will. Arguements abounded as family members denied sneaking pieces. This lasted less than a full day as this heavenly dessert vanished that fast. At first bite silence fell over the table as our tastebuds sang with pleasure. I did try to mold the pre-cooked meringue into a shape that would contain the filling. No changes were necessary. When I make this again (probably today) I will try piping the whipped cream topping to make it prettier. This deserves a place of honour in your recipe box. UPDATE: To prevent major war I have resorted to cutting the finished pie in half. His and Mine!

Nov 20, 2009

This pie has been a thanksgiving favorite in my family for almost 50 years - the recipe used to be printed on Crystal Sugar sacks. Make sure that you use either the cream of tartar or a 1/2 tsp vinegar, otherwise the shell will not crack and firm up like it should.


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  • Calories
  • 298 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.9 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 148 mg
  • 49%
  • Fat
  • 14.6 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 3.9 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 45 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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