Sunshine and Lemons

Yesterday morning we awoke to sunshine streaming through the curtains and blue skies.  I also found I had an abundance of lemons in the fridge that needed to be used asap.

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What to do, what to do… why Lemon Meringue Pie of course!

This pie is delicious!  I love the tartness of the lemon curd paired with the sweet mallow-like italian meringue… and the rich pastry is flaky and melts in your mouth!

We made the lemon curd filling first so that it had some time to cool while the crust was cooking and the meringue prepared.

A year or so ago I was given this rocking recipe for lemon curd that can be made completely in the microwave and I have never used another! It is amazeballs and so, so easy to prepare.

Lemon Curd:

6 eggs
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
2 tsp grated lemon rind
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Place the eggs and sugar in a large glass microwave bowl and beat until well combined.  Add the butter, lemon rind and juice.  Microwave on high for 8 minutes, stirring with a whisk every two minutes.

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Now this lemon curd is coat the back of your spoon thick but not quite thick enough for a pie filling that will set up so I popped it on the stovetop and whisked in a couple of Tbsps of corn starch in until it thickened up to a better ‘pie’ consistency.  Next time, I am going to try and add the corn starch right in the initial mixture.  I think it would work so long as it’s well incorporated.

Set aside to cool.

Now for the pie crust.

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This recipe is from my favorite Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book.

Rich Tart Pastry:

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup cold butter
2 beaten egg yolks (keep your whites aside for the meringue!)
1 Tbsp ice water

In a medium bowl stir together flour and sugar. Cut butter into cubes and work into flour mixture until the butter is pea sized and it resembles course sand.

In a small bowl stir together egg yolks and ice water until well combined.

Gradually add egg mixture to flour and butter mixture. Using your fingers gently knead the dough until a ball forms. Cover with cling film and pop into the refrigerator for 30 – 60 minutes, or until the dough is able to be handled and rolled out.

On a floured surface roll out dough to form and circle and transfer to your pie pan.

Place some tin foil over your crust and add baking beans or rice.  Blind bake at 350 F for approx 20 minutes, remove foil and bake another 5 minuted until lightly browned and fully cooked.

Remove from the oven to cool.

Now for the fun part!  I found the recipe below at Serious Eats.  I would highly recommend you check out the link below as there are loads of tips and tricks for getting your meringue to come out perfectly!  I love Italian Meringue as the process means that the meringue is already cooked, so the only thing left to do once your pie is assembled is to brown the top.

Basic Italian Meringue:

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
4 room temperature egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water.  Bring to a low boil over high heat refraining from stirring.  If sugar crystals begin to appear you can brush the sides of your pan down with a pastry brush dipped in water.

Continue to boil until sugar reaches 240 F on a candy thermometer.

Meanwhile, whip your egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.

While mixing continuously, carefully and slowly drizzle in your hot sugar syrup. Increase speed to high and whip until stiff peaks form.  You should have a very thick and airy mixture that has nearly tripled in size.  It is very similar in look and taste to marshmallow fluff!

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To assemble your pie:

Pour cooled lemon curd into pie shell.

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Spread meringue over lemon curd.

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Decorate by adding pretty peaks.

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For the final finishing touch, place completed pie in the oven under the grill on high. Watch very, very carefully.  I left my oven open and kept turning my pie. It only took about 3 minutes to brown up nicely!

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Allow to cool and set completely before devouring!

Enjoy!xx

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30 Comments Add yours

  1. Wally Fry says:

    That looks really, really good! Should have had one to do with my steak tonight. Heck if you would have brought pie, I would have cooked you a steak LOL.

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    1. Haha, tempting!! We love us some steak!!

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      1. Wally Fry says:

        Sounds like a plan!

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  2. Lemon meringue is one of my favorites, but I’ve never actually tried to make one. Looks yummy! 😃

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    1. It’s my hubby’s favorite, too! I haven’t made one in years so this was a real treat! It’s time consuming but definitely worth it! 😊

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      1. I had a grandma who used make them every time I came over or she visited us. I miss her. 😊

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  3. mySestina says:

    wow.. just amazing.. beautiful children

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  4. Bookmark says:

    Hey! I’ve nominated your blog for a Liebster award! Here are the details… https://bookmarkblogsophie.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/the-liebster-award/ xx

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  5. Thank you wingingitbygrace for following Freedomborn, it is appreciated, I will look forward to more of your Yummy treats and your sharing special things close to your heart.

    Thanks for the recipe, better than a shop brought Lemon Meringue Pie for sure!

    Christian Love and Blessings – Anne.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I look forward to reading more of your blog and getting to know you as well. ❤ God’s blessings to you. xx p.s. Glad you enjoyed the recipe! It was definitely better than store bought (though there is nothing wrong with that either 😉) and didn’t last long!

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  6. judyjourneys says:

    Thanks for sharing that. I love lemon meringue pie too! I thought you might like to try this recipe for mile-high meringue:

    In a 1-quart saucepan, whisk 3 tablespoons cold water into 1 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Whisk in 2/3 cup boiling water. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly for 1 minute or until a thick gel forms. Remove from heat. Cool completely (about 30 minutes).

    Beat 4 large egg whites and 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar at high speed until foamy. Gradually add 1 cup sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form. Beat in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

    Slowly beat in cornstarch mixture. Beat 3 minutes.

    Spread meringue over cooled pie. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to wire rack and cool completely (about 45 minutes). Serve at room temperature or cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.

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    1. Thank you, that sounds just delicious!!!! I had never heard of mile high meringue, looking forward to trying it out! 😊

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  7. Trinity says:

    That looks so delicious!

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    1. Thanks, it was yummo! 😀

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  8. Soul Gifts says:

    Looks delicious! I have a lot of lemons to use up too. BTW, thank you for the follow and welcome to my blogging family 🙂

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  9. The recipe is great but the two little adorable munchkins are even better! Thank you for visiting my blog and for following. I’ll be exploring your as well.

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    1. Thank you so much! They are pretty cute! 😉

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  10. emmaorussell says:

    I love the fact the meringue is piled up high! Delicious!

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    1. Ohhh we could have made it even higher, but we ate half of it while we were building it up haha. 😉

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  11. survivingbutterfly says:

    That look absolutely delicious😛

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    1. Mmmm… it was pretty good! 😉

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