Make Ahead

Nanny's Lemon Fluff Pie

January 12, 2012
0 Ratings
  • Makes 1 pie
Author Notes

This is the lemon pie of my childhood, a perfect concoction of intensely lemony custard and cloud-like meringue. You won't find here any of that scary gelatinous "lemon" stuff too often used. This pie is lighter than air, and the intensely lemon cloud that is each bite makes it a great foil to any heavy meal.
I've NEVER had a better lemon pie.
That's all there is to it. —em-i-lis

What You'll Need
  • For the crust
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • teaspoons salt
  • ½ cups canola oil
  • ¼ cups milk
  • For the lemon filling and meringue
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  1. For the crust
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Place the sifted flour and salt into a bowl and whisk well. Pour in oil and milk, and, using a fork, mix well to combine.
  3. Between two sheets of waxed paper, roll out your crust to desired thickness (for this pie, I like the crust to be on the thin side) and invert over a pie plate. Line with pie weights or foil/beans, and bake 10-15 minutes, until light golden brown. Remove from oven and set crust aside to cool. Reduce oven temp to 325.
  1. For the lemon filling and meringue
  2. Preheat oven to 325. Put egg yolks in top of a double boiler and whisk until thick. Add the lemon zest, juice, water and 1/2 c sugar, beat well and cook over the hot water. Reserve.
  3. Beat the egg whites in a mixing bowl until stiff. Add the remaining sugar and continue beating until sugar is blended into the whites. Fold 1/2 of the meringue into the warm yolk and lemon mixture to lighten. When everything is well combined, pour the mixture into the baked pie crust.
  4. Using a spoon or spatula, drop dollops of the remaining meringue in a circle around the pie’s periphery. Bake in the oven until the meringue is lightly browned and the center is set, 20-25 minutes though sometimes more.

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6 Reviews

em-i-lis January 13, 2012
Thank you very much sdebrango. It's perfection. :)
Bevi January 23, 2012
It sounds and looks heavenly!
em-i-lis January 24, 2012
Thank you, Bevi!
em-i-lis January 12, 2012
Thank you so much creamtea. It's ethereally good. If you try it, I hope you like it. (Also sorry if this submits multiple times...I can never tell what's loaded vs. not).
em-i-lis January 12, 2012
Thank you creamtea. It is ethereally good. If you try it, I hope you like it!
creamtea January 12, 2012
This looks simple and good.