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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Private Class: Citrus Curd

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I like to think of curd as if it were pudding in a jar.Since Citrus season is here, it’s  time to make curd. Fruit curd makes a delicious dessert spread.

The basic ingredients are eggs, sugar, butter, fruit juice and zest – which are gently cooked together until thick. The toughest part is trying not to make scramble eggs as you temper the ingredients. If done right, you will have a soft, smooth, intensely flavored spread. Some recipes use only the yolk and others use the whole egg. In the 19th and early 20th century, in England, homemade lemon curd was traditionally served with bread or scones at afternoon tea as an alternative to jam and as a filling for cakes, small pastries and tarts. Homemade lemon curd was usually made in small amounts as it did not keep as well as jam. In more modern times larger quantities are feasible because of modern canning methods and the use of refrigeration. Commercially manufactured curds often contain additional preservatives and thickening agents. Curds are different from pie filling or custards in that they contain a higher proportion of juice and zest, which gives them a brighter, more intense flavor. Also, curds containing  butter have a smoother and creamier texture than both pie fillings and custards which contain little or no butter and use cornstarch or flour for thickening. Additionally, unlike custards, curds are not usually eaten on their own. All In A Jar uses only the freshest ingredients, no preservatives, no cornstarch or flour.  If you or someone you know has a lemon, lime or orange tree with a lot of juicy fruit waiting to be picked then book a private canning class and go home with all the jars you make.

My favorite way to eat curd is spread on a tart with some fresh fruit placed around the out side.

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