Best Lemon Meringue Pie Ever

It has been raining the last few days. Wow, do we need the rain. Which brings me indoors.  Let me tell you what I’ve been up to.

I’m no different from everyone else. I get emails from different websites sending recipes. The other day I got one from Taste Of Home. They had a photo of Honey Lemon Meringue Pie. I had some lemons left over from class so why not make a pie and then I thought this would be too much pie for two people, but I want to make it anyway. It started with honey and graham crackers. Needless to say I had no graham crackers in the house and if you know where I live you know I’m not going to jump in the car to go get some. So, I made my pie crust recipe and blind baked it. I did follow the rest of the recipe. My husband and I think it is the best lemon meringue pie we have ever had. The lemon filling was creaming, light and airy. With a wonderful texture. Not over lemony or eggy.  The meringue was like a soft pillow. And I don’t even like meringue.  We eat the whole pie in less than 24 hours. I guess it wasn’t too much pie for two people or are we just little pigs. LOL!  It needs to stop raining so I can go work off this pie.

Here is the recipe. If anyone makes it with the honey graham cracker crust please let me know how it was.

Just to let you know I used Meyer Lemons. 

 

Recipe from Taste Of Home

Honey Lemon Meringue Pie

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • One 9-inch graham cracker crust (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, separated, room temperature
  • MERINGUE:
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • Drizzle honey and 1 tablespoon melted butter in bottom of graham cracker crust.
  • In a medium bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, sugar, egg yolks and remaining butter until blended. Pour into pie crust; bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy. Add vanilla; gradually beat in sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Spread evenly over hot filling, sealing edges to crust. Bake until meringue is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.
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Many Ways To Use Marmalade

When I’m teaching a class I’m asked one question quite a bit; how should I use this jar? Well, when it comes to Marmalade there are many ways to use that jar. I know a lot of you are canning away with citrus. So here are a few ideas of what to do with those jars. 

 Marmalade works well when spread on roasted chicken or turkey to create a simple, sweet glaze. I like using my Meyer Lemon Rosemary marmalade for this one. 

 Pork Loin: Instead of using a chutney on your pork try some marmalade. I like using my Red Onion Marmalade for this one. 

Rice and grains can be so boring, so add some  marmalade. It adds a little hint of sweetness and interesting texture. My Orange Marmalade is great for this one.

 

 Wake up the most common vinaigrettes with a dollop of marmalade. I use my Orange Red Wine Marmalade for this.

Use it to dress up an Appetizer Plate.  Crackers, cheese and a good marmalade make for a  delicious appetizer spread. My Ginger Zucchini Marmalade is perfect here.

 

Make a glaze for Salmon. Just add a little soy sauce with the marmalade. I like using my Grapefruit Marmalade. 

If you make  flatbread-type pizzas at home, try marmalade, blue cheese and prosciutto next time. All In A Jar’s Meyer Lemon Cranberry marmalade is excellent for this dish. 

How about a grilled cheese sandwich with brie cheese? My Apricot Marmalade is delicious on these sandwiches.

You can use it to bake with too. I have put it in breads and muffins. The other day I made corn bread muffins with my Meyer Lemon Rosemary Marmalade. I put 1/4 cup marmalade in the muffins and made a glaze for the top of the muffin. They must have been great. I only got one. My husband is the suspect here. 

I bet you didn’t know there were so many different kinds of marmalade.

What’s your favorite way to use marmalade?

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True Confessions

 

Ok I have to fess up, I can’t stop eating a cupcake I created the other day for a birthday canning party. I have been thinking of this cupcake recipe for a while now and the birthday canning party was the perfect excuse to make them. The birthday group said it was the best cupcake they have ever eaten, and I would have to agree, it’s definitely the best cupcake I have created so far!

I’m one of those people that will think about recipes for days. Go over it and over again in my head until it drives me crazy. Then I must make it. I guess I should be happy that I have this problem.

If you were one of the lucky ones that came to the Maraschino Cherry class; here is the recipe!

Don’t laugh but I used Betty Crocker super moist chocolate fudge cake mix but made it my way. This comment “made it my way” is a standard joke with my family. They ask did you make it your way and the answer is usually “of course”.

 

1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist Chocolate Fudge cake mix

1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice

2/3 cup water

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

Place two cherries in each cupcake liner then fill with cupcake mixture

Follow directions on box to bake cupcakes

For the frosting:

1 stick soft butter

4 oz cream cheese

3 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup maraschino juice

Mix well

Wait for cupcakes to cool before frosting

Place one whole cherry on top of each cupcake after frosting.

Enjoy!

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