Ruth Brugh’s Lemon Meringue Pie Filling

Robert Taylor’s mother showing off her cooking in an ad.

This recipe is in a cookbook I’ve had for years. It’s the Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book, published in 1950. I have no intention of making this, but if you do, please let me know how it comes out. The same goes for Robert Taylor’s chicken-in-cider recipe, posted here earlier.

Lemon Meringue Pie. (Key recipe) Robert Taylor’s favorite….his mother’s recipe, featured in our radio cooking school with an interview from this famous star. Its tangy refreshing flavor makes it our favorite lemon pie, too.

Make pastry shell of desired size.

For the filling:

Mix in saucepan: for 8” pie 1 1/8 cups sugar; 4 tbsp cornstarch;
for 9” pie 1 ½ cups sugar; 5 1/3 tbsp (1/3 cup) cornstarch

Stir in gradually: for 8” pie 1 1/3 cups water;
for 9” pie 1 ½ cups water

Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil 1 minute. Slowly stir half the hot mixture into 8′ pie 2 large egg yolks, slightly beaten; 9” pie 3 large egg yolks, slightly beaten

Then beat into hot mixture in saucepan. Boil 1 minute longer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Continue stirring until smooth.

Blend in: 8” pie 2 ¼ tbsp butter; 3 tbsp. lemon juice; 1 tbsp grated lemon rind;
9” pie 3 tbsp butter; 4 tbsp. Lemon juice; 1 ½ grated lemon rind

Pour into baked pie shell. Cover with meringue. Bake until a delicate brown. Serve as soon as cool. Temperature 400 degrees (moderately hot oven); Bake 8-10 minutes.

About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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6 Responses to Ruth Brugh’s Lemon Meringue Pie Filling

  1. Andi says:

    I used to always make the recipe found in the Betty Crocker cookbook that advertised it was Robert Taylor’s favorite. It is a favorite of my family’s as well.


  2. Merrill says:

    You can certainly see your enthusiasm in the article yoou write.
    The world hopes for morre passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe.
    Alwways follow your heart.


  3. Kay Hagler says:

    This is the recipe I have used for 40 years. It is awesome. My family loves it.



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