South African Style Lemon Meringue Pie

south african style lemon meringue pieThis recipe is the easiest, yummiest and most decadent dessert! Plus it is easy!

This is a taste sensation – first the zing of the lemon, followed by the creamy sweet condensed milk and the buttery crunch of the cookie base, topped with the fluffy meringue. Mmmmm…..and it prevents scurvy!

My mom first made it for us when I was little and I have made this recipe one of my go-to desserts on board many times.

How To Make The Pie Base

PREHEAT OVEN to 180 degrees C (350F)

1. Grease a pie dish with butter.

2. Crush 1 200-gram packet (1 cup) Tennis biscuits  or any digestive biscuit.

3. Melt 125 grams (1/2 cup) butter.

4. Combine biscuits and butter and PRESS into the pie dish then place in fridge to set.

OR here in the USA, a pre-made Graham cracker crust will do fine.

sweetened condensed milkHow To Make The Lemon Filling

Combine 1 tin (385 g / 14oz) of Nestle / Carnation condensed milk with 3 egg yolks (put the egg whites aside for the meringue topping). Beat at low speed until thick and creamy. Add 125 ml (1/2 cup) of lemon juice slowly and mix well. Pour into shell and bake at 180 degrees C or (350 F) for 15 minutes.

How To Make The Meringue Topping

Whisk 3 to 4 egg whites & 1/2 tsp cream of tartar until foamy and then gradually add 125 ml (1/2 cup) castor sugar (super fine sugar). Whisk until the peaks are stiff and the egg whites are shiny. Beat in 1/2 tsp vanilla. Pipe (or spoon on) the meringue onto the hot filling, spreading to seal the edge of the crust.


Return to oven and bake at 180 degrees C (350 F) for 8-12 minutes or until the meringue is lightly browned.

Allow to cool before serving. Serves 6-8.


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10 thoughts on “South African Style Lemon Meringue Pie”

    1. Catamaran Guru

      [quote name=”Maria”]Thank you for the recipe.Please could you tell me the size of the pie dish you used?
      Thanks again[/quote]
      Maria,you are welcome! I think I used a 9×11 dish

  1. Hi, I am looking forward to making this lemon meringue pie for my party. I would like to know how many days in advance can I make this?
    Many Thanks x

  2. Hi Kelly, I usually make it the day before but I think you could probably make it 2 or 3 days ahead. There is nothing it that will go bad quickly when it is refrigerated. You may want to do the topping the day of the party so the meringue is nice and fluffy

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