Lemon Meringue Pie

Our lemon tree is in full bloom this summer. It was so full of lemons that the limbs were actually hanging really low almost touching the ground and those that were just beyond my reach (which is not a far reach being that I’m only 5ft. on a good day 😝) keeps dropping to the ground or the roof of our sunroom.  So with our kiddos away on a “bonding day” with their Auntie, Hubby and I braved the heat and decided that it’s time to pick out all those lemons and remove all the excess branches so that the tree didn’t look so “creepy”.  An hour or so later of picking fruits and chopping off low hanging branches, our bags were overfilled with lemons, each about the size of my fist. Even giving away over 2 dozens, we still had more lemons than we’d ever need…Especially since they tend to go bad very quickly on hot, humid days 😦

So if life gives you lemons….you make LEMON MERINGUE PIE 😊

What you’ll need:
1 pie crust
3 lemons
4 eggs (yolks and whites separated)
1 and 3/4 cups sugar (separated)
3 tbs cornstarch
2 tsp of flour
1 1/2 c water
A pinch of salt

Directions:
Prepare the pie crust:

  1. If you have frozen pie dough allow to thaw. Then carefully roll out onto a pie tin.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  3. Pre-bake your crust for 10 mins or until golden brown. You may need to use something to “weigh down” your crust and keep it from rising. Typically I use dry beans or another pan of the same size. Use parchment paper in between to keep the weights from sticking to your crust.
  4. Remove the crust from the oven and allow to cool.

Prepare the lemon curd:

  1. Zest your lemons and squeeze out the juice.
  2. In a sauce pan combine flour, cornstarch water. Once evenly combined, add in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and 1 cup of sugar. Bring to a slow boil in medium heat. Make sure to stir frequently to avoid sticking to the pan and clumping.  Once it boils, allow to boil for 1-2 more mins. and remove from heat
  3. In a separate bowl, beat your egg yolks.  Temper the yolks by slowly adding some of the heated lemon-sugar mixture into the yolks.  If you pour the egg yolk directly into the hot mixture, the protein will curdle.
  4. Once you have tempered the yolk (about half of the hot mixture have been added in), combine it with the rest of the mixture, then pour onto your pre-baked crust.

lemon curd

Prepare the Meringue:

  1. In a stand or hand mixer, beat your egg whites at medium speed and gradually add 3/4 cups sugar. Continue to beat at medium speed for a couple minutes until it foams.
  2. Increase the speed to high and continue beating the egg whites until it forms a firm peak.  You will know that it is firm when it can hold its shape.

meringue

You may either pour it on top of the lemon curd and smooth it with a spatula (which is the more traditional look) or if you want a little design, you can put it in a piping bag and pipe on to the curd, which is what I’ve done here.

lemon meringue

Bake at 325F-350F until the tips are golden brown, about 10 mins.  Allow to cool completely before cutting.  We prefer ours chilled so after cooling to room temperature, I placed it in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

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The meringue was both smooth yet a little chewy (which I liked) where it was browned.  I was happy to see the lemon curd was not runny at all and holding its shape 🙂 .  Lastly, I was glad the it didn’t taste “egg-y” at all which the little ones wouldn’t have liked 😛 .

I hope you guys try and enjoy this recipe and if you do, let me know how it turns out for you.  If you make any tweaks or have tips which you think might be useful to share, I’d be more than happy to hear them 🙂

Til next adventure…

~CW

 

 

 

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Cake pops, and cakes and pie…Oh my!

Hi Everyone!  Surprised to see me?  Although it seems like I was in hibernation for a month…but on the contrary, these last few weeks had been such a blur from all the events going on around our house…we’ve had a birthdays and graduation and Father’s day celebrations left and right.

I’m posting here the final yummies because it seems like before I can finish a post, another project/event comes along and I can’t seem to keep up.  So I’m posting each one now and hopefully, when all the craziness dies down, I can write a separate post detailing each one.

Last post, I had mentioned that a birthday event was on it’s way.  It was for my sister-in-laws’ husband (is there an easier, shorter way to say that?!??).  Here’s a lemon ombre cake that I made for his birthday. It took a lot of time, and some really steady hands but it was worth it.

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We had an OVER ABUNDANCE of lemons in our tree so I made some lemon merinque pie for the family 🙂

Lemon meringue pie

Up next was my sister’s friend’s son’s graduation (WHEW! that’s another mouthful…I’m almost positive that I broke some grammar rules there…TSK!TSK! Please don’t tell my kids..)

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Remaining cake pop dough was made into…Mini cupcake cakepops! 🙂

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This next one was a tough one but my most favorite accomplishment…took me a few days to complete, and that’s even eliciting the help of my kiddos 😛  It’s Daddy’s birthday cake! 🙂  Can you guess what it is?

Octopus cake

Yup!  It’s an Octopus cake!…And it moves 🙂  Check out the short video below (sorry if blurry, resolution isn’t that great)   Oooops scratch that, I guess my WordPress plan does not allow me to upload a video boohoohoo…(I’m hoping that maybe I can post it elsewhere and link it here later???)

Up next…Bread pudding for the family :)… I made 2 versions: one with chocolate chips and one with raisins and both drizzled with my very own caramel 🙂Bread pudding

Lastly…and this was made for Hubby for Father’s Day…Neapolitan Mirror Glaze cake

Glass-Mirror cake

This was something that I’ve recently learned from Pinterest…seems like bakers have shown lots of interest in this type of cake, and I wanted to see what the hulabaloo was all about 🙂  It’s my first attempt so I haven’t quite perfected the look…but I think all in all not too shabby 🙂  But as my luck would have it, (and one of the reasons why I decided to blog, because we can only learn from our mistakes right???) after I made the first slice for the kiddos I had a Brilliant idea of covering it with Saran wrap to keep the cake from drying out. BAD, BAD, BAD idea 😦  Even after the cake has chilled for awhile in the fridge, the glaze stuck to the plastic like glue.

Well, again sorry for the late post…Hope all these yummies make up for my tardiness…I’ll try to get the specifics for each on a separate post.  Let me know if there’s one in particular that you are most interested in.

Thanks for visiting!

Til next adventure

~CW