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Florida Citrus Meringue Pie

Why limit a fantastic dessert to just one kind of citrus fruit? Thanks to orange and lemon, this lovely pie packs a bold sweet-tart flavor! —Barbara Carlucci, Orange Park, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  • Preheat oven to 450°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim crust to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge. Line unpricked crust with a double thickness of foil. Fill with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice.
  • Bake until bottom is lightly browned, 8-10 minutes. Remove foil and weights; bake until golden brown, 5-8 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 350°.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch and salt. Whisk in water and orange juice. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer (mixture will be thick). Remove from heat.
  • In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to pan, whisking constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Gently stir in lemon juice, butter, and lemon and orange zests.
  • For meringue, in a large bowl, beat egg whites with vanilla and cream of tartar on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until soft glossy peaks form.
  • Transfer hot filling to crust. Spread meringue over filling, sealing to edge of crust; swirl top with the back of a spoon.
  • Bake until meringue is golden brown, 13-16 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Chill 3 hours before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.
Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches): Combine 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 tsp. salt; cut in 1/2 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 3-5 Tbsp. ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 415 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 140mg cholesterol, 318mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Crystal Cox
    Jul 26, 2020

    No comment left

  • CyndiZWR
    Jul 20, 2020

    This pie was delicious, especially on a hot summer evening! Even my husband, who doesn’t like lemon pie, said it was great! I did put it in a homemade graham cracker crust, which took it to over the top deliciousness.

  • P vinod
    Mar 20, 2018

    Lovely recipe-will try to make it a home-very mouthwatering recipe-maybe can get it a large restaurent.thanks for recipe

  • ms11145
    Mar 14, 2017

    Great pie. One reviewer noted that it didn't set up well. I believe the trick is to cook it longer. I used the amount of corn starch stated and it set up beautifully well. I was a little apprehensive when adding the lemon juice, but that didn't phase the thickness at all. To make this even more of a citrus pie, I mixed lime juice with the lemon juice.

  • Annie
    Dec 31, 2016

    I made this pie exactly as the recipe states. I knew even before I put the filling in the crust that there wasn't enough cornstarch. My regular lemon meringue pie has two cups of liquid and 7 tablespoons of cornstarch. This pie has two and a half cups of liquid and only five tablespoons of cornstarch. If the spoon can't almost stand up in the filling you need more cornstarch!

  • JoycemRhodes
    Sep 5, 2016

    baked two of these. one for a church potluck. never brought any home. the other was a gift to my daughter in law on her birthday. she shared a piece with me. It was wonderful. Not at all hard to make.

  • cynthiaseydler
    Mar 16, 2014

    Great pie. Daughter won first place in our home town pie contest.

  • luann8190
    Feb 23, 2014

    This was my birthday pie last year...and i am hoping for another!

  • spoiledbasher
    Jun 20, 2013

    This wouldn't set! Even after I removed the meringue and cooked it another 30 minutes, I refrigerated it over night and it firmed up a little.

  • swtgir1
    May 25, 2013

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