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A bite of lemon crunch pie on a plate.

Lemon Crunch Pie

This pie is one of the simplest yet most delicious pies you can make. Fresh lemon juice and zest ensures the flavor is top-notch.
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:35 mins
Chilling Time:2 hrs
Total Time:2 hrs 50 mins
Servings:6 slices


For the crust:

  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons water ice cold
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup shortening

For the filling:

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 lemons juice and zest
  • 1 ¼ cups water boiling
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks well beaten

For the topping:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter chilled
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • cup brown sugar packed
  • 4 graham crackers crushed


For the crust:

  • Combine together salt and flour in a medium bowl and add shortening. Toss well, then mash it up by using a fork into little pieces. Do not over mix.
  • Add in cold water, a tablespoon at a time until your dough is sticky enough.
  • Roll the dough out and press into a 9-inch pie plate.
  • Bake for about 7 minutes at 400 F.

For the filling:

  • Boil water in a saucepan, then mix in lemon juice, beaten egg yolks, cornstarch and sugar. Stir well and cook until your filling is thickened.
  • Beat egg whites until stiff with an electric mixer and fold lemon mixture into it. Pour over baked crust.

For the topping:

  • Add all the topping ingredients to a food processor and process just for few seconds until crumbly.
  • Spread over filling and bake for 17 to 20 minutes at 350 F, or until topping is slightly brown.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.


  • Since lemons are the star ingredient in this pie, don’t swap the fresh lemon juice for bottled lemon juice.
  • You need to beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff, before mixing in the other filling ingredients. This will ensure the filling is light and fluffy, as well as perfectly set. Nobody wants a runny filling!
  • Keep an eye on this pie while you are baking it in the oven. As soon as the topping is slightly golden, it is done.


Calories: 644kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 313IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 3mg