one 9-inch pie

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan. Gradually add water, stirring until well blended. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.

Step 2

Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored; gradually add one-fourth of hot mixture to yolks. Stir yolk mixture into remaining hot mixture. Cook over low heat 2 minutes.

Step 3

Remove from heat. Add butter, lemon rind, and juice, stirring until butter melts. Pour filling into pastry shell.

Step 4

Beat egg whites (at room temperature) and cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually add 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form. Spread over warm filling, sealing to edge of pastry. Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes or until meringue is golden brown. Cool to room temperature.

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