Sugar-Free Lemon Meringue Pie #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on March 31, 2013

Sugar-Free Lemon Meringue Pie by Webicurean

Happy Easter! Did you know it’s also National Oranges and Lemons Day? Sure enough, the #SundaySupper crew is celebrating this special day with a citrusy feast. Lemon Meringue Pie is one of my mom’s favorites, so that’s what I’m bringing for dinner, I mean, dessert. Since she’s really not supposed to be having sweets, I’ve made this sugar-free. As a bonus, I decided to make it gluten-free as well.

According to food historians, lemon flavored custards and pies have been enjoyed since Medieval times, however, the lemon meringue pie we know and love didn’t make the scene until the 19th century. Of course, in those days, they weren’t worrying about eating too much sugar. Normally, I don’t care much for cooking with sugar substitutes, but when it comes to puddings and meringues, I don’t mind making an exception. For this pie I used granulated Splenda which can be substituted 1:1 for granulated sugar.

Since the custard and the meringue are mostly eggs and sugar, and since we’ve cut out the sugar, this turns out to be a pretty decent, protein-packed treat. Honestly, if you didn’t tell someone this is sugar-free, they probably wouldn’t notice the difference. Visually, the Splenda does make the lemon custard less translucent, and the meringue seemed a little less poufy, but I’m the only one who pays attention to such details anyway. For the crust, I used Alton Brown’s pie crust recipe, substituting all-purpose gluten-free flour for the regular. Oh, and I subbed vegetable shortening for the lard. The pie itself was adapted from McCall’s Cooking School, which is long out of print, but if you can find it, snatch it up.

Sugar-Free Lemon Meringue Pie by Webicurean

First, prepare your favorite pie crust recipe.  As mentioned above, I used  Alton Brown’s pie crust recipe substituting gluten-free all-purpose flour for the regular and using vegetable shortening instead of lard. This will need to rest 30 mins in the fridge before rolling out, and then it’ll need another 30 minutes in the fridge after you’ve lined your pie plate.

Sugar-Free Lemon Meringue Pie by Webicurean

Meanwhile get the rest of the pie going. Since the egg whites should be brought to room temperature, now would be a good time to separate your eggs.

Sugar-Free Lemon Meringue Pie by Webicurean

Grate the lemon peel and juice the lemons, so this is all ready to go as well.

Sugar-Free Lemon Meringue Pie by Webicurean

Let’s start the lemon filling. First blend the cornstarch, flour, Splenda, and salt in the pan. Then gradually stir in 2 cups water, and bring this to a boil, cooking until thick, shiny and translucent.

Sugar-Free Lemon Meringue Pie by Webicurean

Whisk some of the hot mixture into the egg yolks to temper the eggs, then stir this back into the pot.

Sugar-Free Lemon Meringue Pie by Webicurean

Continue cooking for another 5 minutes, then remove from heat, and stir in the lemon juice, zest, and butter. Pour this into your baked pie shell.

Sugar-Free Lemon Meringue Pie by Webicurean

In the mixer bowl, beat the egg whites and the cream of tartar until frothy. Slowly add the Splenda, and beat on high until stiff peaks form. Spread decoratively over lemon filling, then bake until golden brown.

Sugar-Free Lemon Meringue Pie by Webicurean

Let this cool two to three hours, then refrigerate before serving.

Sugar-Free Lemon Meringue Pie by Webicurean

Since I was bringing the pie to my mom’s, I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of the inside until much later (with my phone).  She sure enjoyed it!

Here’s the printable recipe card:

Sugar-Free Lemon Meringue Pie
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
This sugar-free and gluten-free lemon meringue pie is tart yet perfectly sweet.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Lemon Filling
  • 1//4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1¾ cups granulated Splenda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon peel
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ cup granulated Splenda
  1. Line 9-inch pie plate with pie crust and forming a decorative edge. Refrigerate about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 450F.
  3. Remove pie crust from refrigerator, prick entire surface with a fork, and bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on rack.
Lemon Filling
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the cornstarch, flour, Splenda, and salt. Gradually stir in water until completely smooth, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil, stirring occasionally, for about 1 minute or until thickened, shiny and translucent.
  2. Stir some of the hot mixture into the egg yolks to temper the eggs. Pour the egg mixture into the pot stirring well, and cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, then stir in the lemon juice, lemon peel, and butter. Pour into pie shell.
  3. Preheat oven to 400F.
  1. In a mixer bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy. Gradually add in the sugar, a little at a time, and beat on high until stiff peaks form when the beater is raised.
  2. Carefully spread the meringue over the lemon filling, being sure to seal over the edge of the crust. Make decorative swirls with your spatula.
  3. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.
  4. Cool completely, and refrigerate before serving.
Cut with a wet knife.


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