Cheaty lemon meringue pie

Cheaty lemon meringue pie




  • Approx 12 milk arrowroot biscuits
  • 80g butter, melted



  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • half a cup lemon juice
  • Zest from one lemon



  • 3 egg whites
  • half a  cup caster sugar



Preheat oven to 180C (150C if fan forced.)

Put milk arrowroots into a ziplock bag. Bash all your frustrations out on bag until biscuits resemble breadcrumbs

Melt your butter and combine with biscuit crumbs. Press into greased pie tin and store in the fridge.

In a bowl, combine the condensed milk, egg yolks, lemon juice and zest. Ensure well combined and then pour over the biscuit base, ensure it’s evenly coating the base.

Put in the oven for 10-15 mins, there should be a skin on the mixture when you take it out.

Meanwhile, whilst the pie is baking, whisk eggs with an electric beater on highest setting until it forms soft peaks. Gradually add the caster sugar and beat until you have achieved firm peaks.

Give the beaters to children or lick yourself.

When the pie is cooked, remove from the oven, but don’t turn the oven off.

Pour the meringue mixture on and then spread to the sides with a spatula, make peaks with the spatula.

Put back into the oven for a further 10-12 minutes (keep watch on it) until the meringue turns a light golden brown on top.



  • You could use margarine instead of butter if you are watching your calories. But then, let‰s be honest, you probably wouldn‰t be making this recipe!
  • I used skim condensed milk and the lemon meringue pie tasted fab.
  • Apparently the pie turns out better if you leave the base in the fridge overnight to chill but I just chilled it whilst I made the filling and it tasted pretty good to me!
  • I think licking the beaters is an essential part of making meringues ‰raw‰ meringue mixture is simply divine and it‰s a crime to waste any of it.
  • This recipe was created by Melissa Klemke for Kidspot, New Zealand‰s best recipe finder.


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