Lemon Meringue Pie, From Frances Onishi, In Remembrance of Her Mother, Hatsumi Kubota


From Frances Onishi in remembrance of her mother, Hatsumi Kubota



  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup Crisco (no substitutions)
  • 2-3 Tbsp. ice cold water

Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Cut in Crisco until pieces are pea size. Sprinkle water over this mixture, one Tbsp. at a time. Work dough lightly into a ball. Roll dough 1/8 inch thick into a circle larger than pie plate. Fit in pan and flute around top. Crisp edge. Prick with fork. Bake at 475°F for 8-10 minutes until lightly brown. Cool on rack.


Lemon Filling:

  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 4 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten slightly
  • 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 4 cups lemon juice

Mix flour, cornstarch, sugar, and salt in a pan. Gradually stir in water. Cook and stir over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Reduce heat and stir in egg yolks and cook for about two minutes more. Remove from heat and add butter and lemon juice.



  • 3 egg whites (save yolk for another use)
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. cream of tartar
  • 6 Tbsp. sugar

Combine egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar in bowl. Beat with mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, one Tbsp. at a time, at high speed until high, stiff peaks form. Spread over hot pie filling. Bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes.


Frances Onishi

My mother, Hatsumi Kubota, was a wonderful cook, especially known for her lemon meringue pie which she enjoyed baking whenever she had lemons in her garden. At her memorial service, my nephew, Davin Kubota, remarked, “Life is delicious!”


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