Mother's Lemon Angel Pie

                         Happy Mother's Day!

One can't help but think of one's mother this weekend, whether you are fortunate to have her with you, or only hold her in your heart. The photo below was taken in the late 80's...it's three generations...my mother, daughter and me.

I know I've mentioned my mother was a great pie-maker. One of her favorites was wild blueberry....we'd go out in the woods and pick them for her. I've never had another like hers. The crusts were always flaky and delicious (always makes and breaks a pie as far as I'm concerned) and you just can't beat the taste of wild blueberries. Yes, there really is a difference.

Her next favorite to bake for us was a lemon angel pie. But there's no crust here. Or not much of one. This crust is a baked meringue. Yum. It's a gorgeous pie, but does tend to crumble a bit when cut. It's the nature of the beast if you've ever made one. And all that tart lemon with the crunch of the meringue crust and the coolness of the whipped cream in every mouthful. I have to say, it's awesome. And it's always been my sister's favorite pie, BTW.  Happy Mother's Day to you too, Sharon!

Mother's Lemon Angel Pie

1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
4 egg whites, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 pt. heavy cream
4 egg yolks
4 Tablespoons sugar
4 Tablespoons lemon juice


Add salt and cream of Tartar to egg whites and beat on high, gradually adding the sugar until stiff and glossy. Add vanilla. Butter a pie plate. Pour in the meringue. Spread evenly in the pan, but form a slight crust with it around the edges. Bake 275 for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Cool. Mix egg yolks, sugar and lemon juice. Stir in the top of a double boiler until thick. Cool. Beat whipping cream. Spread lemon mixture on meringue, then top with whipped cream. Chill for at least 6 hours, or overnight.


  1. What a lovely tribute to your mother. Your pie looks delicious and it doesn't have much sugar either. Happy Mother's Day Barbara.

  2. That's such a lovely picture of your family! I've never heard of lemon angel pie before but I love the idea of upside-down lemon meringue!

  3. A wonderful picture of you three. This pie must taste heavenly. A lovely family recipe.



  4. I love the photo of your three! The lemon pie looks scrumptious, Barbara.

  5. What a wonderful way to remember your mother. Happy Mother's Day to you Barbara!
    *kisses* H

  6. Such a lovely tribute to your Mother - fantastic pie!! a very happy Mother's Day to you :)

  7. I love anything lemon! Great picture of you, by the way!

  8. Beautiful ladies! That lemony cake must be fantastic!
    :) ela@GrayApron

  9. A baked meringue shell! I am so in!
    I love the three-generation photo - just lovely.

  10. Wild blueberries are the best and my Mom used to make pancakes with them super yum- thank you mum.

  11. What a beautiful photo! That's quite a treasure. I'm sure I've never had anything like this pie, so I might have to try it.

  12. Nice photo Barbara...three generation...so precious!
    The pie looks delicious, I like the crispy layer of the meringue, together with the lemon curd and the whipped cream...I can just imagine how it must taste...yum!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :D

  13. I've never tried a meringue crust pie. It sounds wonderful! I always love a good lemon filling with whipped cream.

  14. Mmm I am a big fan of this light and fluffy pie :D
    Great choice!

    Choc Chip Uru

  15. Your photo is beautiful, Barbara. Three very lovely ladies who are obviously related...wonderful. My grandmother made a similar angel pie and it was always one of my favorite desserts. Have a very Happy Mother's Day.

  16. I love your picture. Three lovely ladies, obviously related. Your Mother's pies sound delightful. Happy Mother's Day Barbara.

  17. Barbara es fantástico su pie se ve hermoso....Feliz Dia,abrazos

  18. i love that picture! and as much as i complain about lemon desserts, this one sounds quite satisfying. :)
    happy mother's day!

  19. Happy Mother's Day! I love this pie! I had never had one before I made a similar one last week. The meringue crust was wonderful! Can't wait to try your version. :)



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