Tuesday, July 30, 2013

When Life Gives You Lemons

Make pie.  That is if you have a recipe. Yes life has given me lemons the last few days.  But I was plannin' this post anyway. 
Computer is still acting up when I post. But no other time.  Weird. 

Do you have a fabulous Lemon Pie Recipe?   Or maybe a famous one?


Or maybe one a little different . . .

Yummy! Yum!   I searched Pinterest and found a lot more.  But I am wondering if you'd share your recipe?

Or maybe a tip? 

Here's mine.  Ever wonder how to get a meringue like this?

Mile-High Lemon Pie
 This one's Martha Stewarts.
Mine tip is simple. 
First you really, really need a stand mixer.  Kitchenaid is best!
Second this is the simple part lots of eggs!  I've even double the amount!  Mix like crazy and you have a pie like the one above.

Here's Martha's method/recipe . . .

All-purpose flour, for dusting (Pie Dough) Pate Brisee 1 large egg 2 tablespoons heavy cream 1/3 cup cornstarch 1/3 cup sifted cake flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups sugar 5 large egg yolks, lightly beaten 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons lemon rind 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 7 large egg whites 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt Directions

1.Step 1Heat oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch, and use to line a 9-inch pie tin. Crimp the edges decoratively. Chill until firm. In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolk and cream to make a glaze. Prick the bottom of the shell with a fork, brush the top edges with the glaze, and line with parchment paper. Weight the shell with pie weights or dried beans, and bake until the edges begin to brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove paper and weights; continue baking until golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes more. Let cool.
2.Step 2To make filling, combine cornstarch, cake flour, salt, and sugar in a medium nonreactive saucepan over medium heat. Gradually add 2 cups cold water. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking constantly, about 4 minutes.
3.Step 3Remove the pan from heat. Temper egg yolks by beating a small amount of hot mixture into the yolks before adding them to pan. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes.
4.Step 4Remove the pan from heat, and whisk in the lemon juice and rind. Add the butter one piece at a time. Pour the mixture into a large bowl, and let cool.
5.Step 5Pour the filling into the cooled shell and refrigerate, covered with aluminum foil, until firm, about 1 hour.
6.Step 6To make the meringue, combine egg whites, sugar, and salt in a heat-proof bowl. Set over a pan of simmering water; beat until warm and sugar is dissolved. Remove bowl from heat; whip into stiff peaks.
7.Step 7Spread the meringue over pie so that it touches crust all around. Broil until brown, about 2 minutes, watching constantly. Serve at room temperature.

I would love to see your favorite lemon recipes.  Do you have a lemon bar recipe?  They are so yummy.  Leave me a comment or write a post and share.  Let me know and I'll add your recipe! 

BTW about the whole 'Life Gives You Lemons' title.  I just like the saying.  I have had a frustrating couple of days trying to post. still don't know why.  But have figured out a way around it. 

And just in case you are having a one of those 'Life Gives You Lemons Days' here's a verse to encourage! Be joyful in hope. Patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 Have a Lemony Sweet Day

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