Angel Pie

This time of year begs for Ice Box Pies of all sorts. It just does. I find them better than even ice cream in the heat. This is an easy peasy one from the same 1948 guide for a new Westinghouse refrigerator. Can I confess I am rather in love with the illustrations of the Westinghouse elf? I am rather wondering if there is a Tesla nod in that.

This is a lovely lemon filled meringue. Note on the recipe: I cut the sugar in both the shell and the filling down to 3/4 cup each. I also eschew the almond extract for either lemon or vanilla. Peppermint is a  nice change of pace to give you that peppermint stick in a lemon effect. Only problem with this recipe may just be a problem for me: meringues hate humidity. If it is a humid day in addition to being hot–the results are not so hot.

Angel Pie

Meringue Shell

4 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar

Place egg whites in large mixing bowl. Beat until foamy. Add cream of tartar, salt and vanilla. Beat until stiff and dry. Add sugar gradually and continue beating until sugar is dissolved. On a greased baking sheet, spoon mixture into a 9-inch round having sides at least an inch high. Bake in preheated oven at 275 for one hour. Turn off heat and allow to dry in oven for 10 to 15 minutes


Lemon filling

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
4 beaten egg yolks
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup granulated sugar

Mix flour, sugar, and salt. Add water and lemon juice, stir until smooth. Add 4 beaten egg yolks. Mix well. Cook over low heat until mixture is thick, stirring well. Remove from range, add extract. Chill. Whip 2 cups cream until stiff. Fold half of whippped cream into the filling. Pour into meringue shell. Top with remainder of whipped cream. Let stand 24 hours in refrigerator before serving.


  1. Yum! except down here it is nothing but humid so I’m not sure how the meringue shell would do. Ice box pies are perfect to beat the summer heat!

  2. Meringues work for the girl child no matter what the weather. I think I must just think moist thoughts or something.

  3. I do enjoy lemony treats… but am more of a chocolate treat gal… YET this sounds really good right now. I wish I was a genie and could wish a slice into existence right now!

  4. I think I almost cried reading the recipe. I already imagined eating it and savoring every toothy crumb of meringue and letting my tongue dance in the lemon curd. Sigh… Thanks for sharing this. I know I’ll have to make this.

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