Lemon Meringue Slab Pie

Looking to feed a bunch of folks for a summer picnic?  Then put this Lemon Meringue Slab Pie on the menu!  It’s a lot of pie…in the best way possible!

Looking to feed a bunch of folks for a summer picnic?  Then put this Lemon Meringue Slab Pie on the menu!  It's a lot of pie...in the best way possible!Warning: This pie is not for good for ‘dinner for 2.’  This pie is not good for a family of 4.  Heck, this pie isn’t good for a family of 8.  This Lemon Meringue Slab Pie is delicious, but it’s intended for a large gathering of family and friends.  I’m talking like a summer picnic type of gathering.  Let’s be clear – this is a lot of pie.  But sometimes you just need a big honkin’ pie.  And that’s when you make this Lemon Meringue Slab Pie!

Looking to feed a bunch of folks for a summer picnic?  Then put this Lemon Meringue Slab Pie on the menu!  It's a lot of pie...in the best way possible!I’ve made a handful of different slab pies, and I have to say that I’m a huge fan.  Simply put, a slab pie is a pie that is baked in a rimmed sheet pan instead of in a pie dish.  You could consider slab pies to be the older, grown-up version of a traditional pie.  I actually find slab pies easier to make than traditional pies.  You just press the dough into the sheet pan, add the fillings/toppings and send it off to the oven.  No fussing with crimping the edges of the crust or any of that.  The rustic nature of the slab pie is part of its appeal.

The downside of a slab pie?  It makes a lot of pie.  Now you might be sitting there thinking, “I like pie.  More pie, more better.”  Well, that is true, but there is a point when you can have too much of a good thing…and it comes in the form of slab pie.  So make sure you save this Lemon Meringue Slab Pie for when you have friends and family around to help eat it.  (If you’re looking for a smaller version, then check out this Classic Lemon Meringue Pie.  I simple scaled up that recipe to make this larger version.)

Looking to feed a bunch of folks for a summer picnic?  Then put this Lemon Meringue Slab Pie on the menu!  It's a lot of pie...in the best way possible!Lemon Meringue Slab Pie

One thing you’ll notice right away about slab pies is the filling isn’t as deep.  Since you’re using a sheet pan rather than a deep pie dish, the amount of filling is limited.  That means slab pies have a higher crust to filling ratio.  I love pie crust, so that’s just another bonus for me!

This Classic Lemon Meringue Pie is a delicious combination of tart and sweet! PERFECT for summer!As I noted above, I used my original Lemon Meringue Pie recipe to create this larger slab pie version.  While most of the recipe transferred as normal, I did notice that I needed to bake the crust a bit longer.  After 20 minutes, this larger pie crust was still a bit underbaked in the middle.  I left it in for 5 more minutes, and it was still a bit underbaked.  I was afraid of overbaking it, so I pulled it out…and I wish I had left it longer.  The crust was rather doughy and chewy instead of being light and flaky like the original pie crust.  So a word to the wise – make sure to blind bake the crust until it’s golden brown and doesn’t look doughy.

Looking to feed a bunch of folks for a summer picnic?  Then put this Lemon Meringue Slab Pie on the menu!  It's a lot of pie...in the best way possible!Another idea would be just to put a sugar cookie crust on this Lemon Meringue Slab Pie.  How good does that sound!?  In fact, don’t be surprised if that shows up at some point here on the blog!   One other quick baker’s note: When you spread the meringue topping on the pie (before baking), make sure it touches the edge of the pan all the way around.  If not, the top will shrink back during baking.

Looking to feed a bunch of folks for a summer picnic?  Then put this Lemon Meringue Slab Pie on the menu!  It's a lot of pie...in the best way possible!

If you love lemon meringue pie, then keep this recipe in the back of your mind for the next time you need a lot of pie.  It’s a delicious (and fun) way to feed a crowd at a summer picnic!  Cheers!

Did you make this Lemon Meringue Slab Pie at home?  Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog).  I’d love to see your version!  Happy baking!

Looking to feed a bunch of folks for a summer picnic?  Then put this Lemon Meringue Slab Pie on the menu!  It's a lot of pie...in the best way possible!

Lemon Meringue Slab Pie

Looking to feed a bunch of folks for a summer picnic?  Then put this Lemon Meringue Slab Pie on the menu!  It's a lot of pie...in the best way possible!
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Chilling Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 24 slices
Calories: 315kcal

Ingredients

For the Dough

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter cold
  • ½-¾ cup cold water

For the Lemon Filling

  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 3 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup cornstarch
  • 2⅔ cups water
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter cut into small cubes

For the Meringue Topping

  • 8 large egg whites
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • powdered sugar

Instructions

For the Dough

  • Using a food processor, add flour, brown sugar and salt; pulse until well combined.
  • Cut butter into small cubes and add to the food processor; pulse until a crumbly mixture forms.
  • Add ½ cup of water and pulse until well combined. Continue adding water 1 Tbsp at a time (and pulsing) until dough comes together in a ball.
  • Flatten dough into a disc and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (Note: Dough can be made the day before and refrigerated overnight.)
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Working on a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 12”x17” rectangle. Press dough into the bottom and sides of a 10”x15” baking pan. (Note: Take extra care to ensure dough comes at least 1” up the sides of the pan.)
  • Use a fork to dock dough at 1” intervals. Lay a piece of foil on top of dough and cover foil with pie weights, dry beans or coins.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove weights and foil. Continue baking for 8-10 more minutes, or until crust is light golden brown and fully baked.
  • Remove from oven and let crust cool.

For the Lemon Filling

  • Using a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks; set yolks aside.
  • Using a large saucepan, add sugar, cornstarch, water, lemon juice and lemon zest; stir until well combined.
  • Please saucepan over medium-high heat and bring mixture to a boil; stirring occasionally.
  • Gradually pour ~1 cup of the sugar mixture into the bowl with the egg yolks, stirring constantly while you pour.
  • Transfer egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining lemon juice mixture; stir until well combined. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Once mixture begins to boil, cook for 1 more minute, stirring constantly.
  • Remove saucepan from heat and stir in butter.
  • Transfer filling into the cooled pie crust. Tip: Use an offset spatula to spread the filling evenly into the baking pan.

For the Meringue Topping

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Using an electric mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla extract; beat until foamy. (Tip: The egg whites will be easier to whip if you let them come to room temperature first.)
  • Gradually add the sugar and continue whipping until meringue reaches stiff peaks (i.e. the meringue will be stiff and glossy when you lift the whisk attachment out).
  • Spread the meringue on top of the lemon filling. (Tip: Make sure the meringue is touching the crust all the way around the pie, otherwise the meringue will shrink back while baking.) I like to use my fingertips to create "peaks" in the meringue as it adds a fun visual appeal to the pie once it's baked. Dust top of pie lightly with powdered sugar before baking.
  • Bake for 10-14 minutes, or until meringue turns light golden brown. Allow pie to cool to room temperature and then cover and refrigerate until cold.
  • Serve chilled.

Looking to feed a bunch of folks for a summer picnic?  Then put this Lemon Meringue Slab Pie on the menu!  It's a lot of pie...in the best way possible!

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17 Comments

  1. Will be making this soon can i use vegan butter as am dairy free i never had lemon meringue slap pie before perfect for my after office snacks will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

    1. Hey Ramya! So I’m not familiar with how vegan butter works in a recipe, but I imagine it would be ok for this pie. This is a really good one, and the lemon flavor is a favorite in our house! 🙂

  2. Thanks for the recipe, David, and for all the tips. I concur with every one of them. I traditionally bake a slab pumpkin pie – sometimes two of them – for our family Thanksgiving. I generally think of one slab as equal to two 8-inch pies. I work like mad to stretch and press the dough as thinner than you’d think it’s even possible to do. It makes it easier to ensure that the crust will cook properly. I also like that with a slab, you can cut anything from large to incredibly small pieces with a lot more flexibility than a round pie pan will give you. So, I’m looking out my window at a snow flurry. In April! As soon as it warms up, though, this pie is getting baked and taken to a picnic!

    1. Ah, a slab pumpkin pie! Now you’re talking, Jeff – but two of them? That’s a lot of pie! Then again, it is Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving calls for a lot of pie. 🙂 I do think it’s worth considering a shortbread or sugar cookie base for future slab pie endeavors. It wouldn’t be the same as a flaky pie crust, but it would be easier…and it would be delicious! (I did that with a blueberry slab pie a while back, and it worked well.)

      Also, we’re having the same snow flurries here. I’m ready for summer!!

  3. 5 stars
    I love everything lemony all year round, but early spring is the best part to bake some luscious lemon cake, as far as I concerned (because fresh and tart things are associated with this time of the year to me.) So this lemon meringue pie looks and sounds absolutely wonderful to me! And what are you saying? Pie for a HUGE company? ~ 10”x15” cake? hmmm I think Andrew and I can handle it! lol

    1. I hear ya on the lemon, Ben. I enjoy lemon all year long, but I always crave it in the springtime. It must be something about needing warm days and bright citrus flavors. I dunno. Either way, this slab pie was well received here! Although I’m gonna say that you and Andrew would have a challenge on your hands to finish this pie off – haha! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I am so ready to feed a crowd! This looks like the perfect dessert! Truthfully though, I am not a lemon person when it comes to dessert. But that’s OK! I’ll invite my mom over and she will eat the WHOLE thing. Tell you the truth-my birthday is in December. She knows I love chocolate. But that didn’t stop her from ordering me a lemon meringue pie!

    1. You’re telling me, Abbe! We keep talking about the possibility of throwing a big summer picnic. We haven’t entertained in so long, and we’re dying to have friends over. We shall see!

      I think that’s hilarious that your mom ordered you a lemon meringue pie for your birthday even though you are a chocolate gal. Was she ordering for you or her? Haha!

  5. I am so excited for summer get-togethers – I’ve missed getting together with people so much this past year+! And this slab version of lemon meringue pie is just perfect for sharing with a crowd. Definitely will be on our next get together menu!

    1. You and me both, Marissa! Laura and I love to entertain and have friends over for backyard parties. That hasn’t happened so much in the past year. Hopefully we can resume that tradition soon…and this pie will be there to help celebrate! 🙂

    1. Haha – I totally get where you are coming from, Michelle! Can you imagine the look on your kids’ faces when you pull a slab pie out of the oven!? 🙂

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