Friday, August 15, 2014

Pucker Up, It's “Lemon Meringue Pie” & “Lemon Meringue Pie-Cocktail” Time!

We don't really need many reasons to eat pie. We're happy to do it all day, every day. But, that doesn't mean that we'll turn down a legitimate pie-eating reason if it's handed to us, especially when it involves lemon meringue pie. Are you hungry yet? Pie lovers and lemon lovers from across the country get your forks ready....... Today, August 15th celebrates, “National Lemon Meringue Pie Day!”  

What is Lemon Meringue Pie? Served as a dessert, lemon meringue pie is a type of baked pie usually made with a bottom crust of shortbread pastry, lemon curd filling, and a fluffy meringue topping. Lemon flavored custards, puddings, and pies have been enjoyed since medieval times, but meringue was perfected in the 17th century. When true meringue made its appearance it still lacked its name and was often called “sugar puff.” Lemon Meringue as it is commonly known today evolved in America in the 19th century.  

The lemon custard is usually prepared with egg yolks, lemon zest, lemon juice, and sugar. This gives it a texture similar to that of a sturdy pudding. The meringue, which includes well beaten egg whites and sugar, is cooked on top of the pie filling. As the meringue bakes, air bubbles trapped inside the protein of the egg whites will expand and swell. However, if the egg whites are beaten too much, or if a tiny amount of fat is allowed to contaminate the mixture, then the proteins will not be able to form the correct molecular structure when cooked, and the meringue may collapse when cooked. The meringue can be beaten into either soft or stiff peaks. The temperature the pie is baked at and the method by which sugar is added also determines the texture and durability of the meringue.

So when life gives you lemons try something different and delicious like “Lemon Meringue Pie!”

Lemon Meringue Pie

Prep time: 25 minutes

1 box Lemon-Jell-O pudding and pie filling
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/4 cup of water
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)
2 cups of water
1 baked 9 inch pie shell

Mix contents of package with sugar, 1/4 cup of water, lemon zest and egg yolks. Stir in additional 2 cups of water. Cook and stir constantly over medium heat until mixture comes to a full boil. Cool for 5 minutes, stirring twice. Pour into cooled, baked 9 inch pie shell.

4 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1/3 cup of sugar

Beat 4 egg whites until foamy. Gradually add 1/3 cup of sugar, and cream of tartar beating until stiff. Spread over filling sealing to the edge of pie crust. Be generous as the meringue will shrink when baked. Bake at 350° F 10-15 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Cool at room temperature 4 hours, then refrigerate. Serves: 8       

***Warning: The pie filling is quite hot when pouring it into pie shell. Keep this pie refrigerated. In humid weather meringue may "weep" (small dots of liquid form on the surface). To lessen this possibility, apply meringue to lemon filling while it is still hot, cool pie to room temperature before refrigerating, and/or use confectioner's (powdered) sugar instead of granulated sugar when making the meringue.


“Lemon Meringue Pie Cocktail

Don't let the light lemon flavor and the rich, creamy texture fool you. This cool, smooth drink is an adult only indulgence.

Serves: 1
Prep/Total Time: 5 min.

1 lemon wedge
Coarse yellow and white sugar
1-1/2 to 2 cups ice cubes
3 ounces Limoncello
1 ounce half-&-half cream
1 tablespoon lemon sorbet
2 teaspoons lemon juice

Rub lemon wedge around the rim of a martini glass; dip rim in sugar. Set aside. Fill a shaker three-fourths full with ice. Add the Limoncello, cream, sorbet, and lemon juice to shaker; cover and shake for 10-15 seconds or until condensation forms on outside of shaker. Strain into prepared glass. 

(From: Taste of Home Test Kitchen)
****Lemon Meringue Pie Mocktail: Substitute 1/3 cup lemonade for the Limoncello.

Till Next Time……….

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  1. This is such a classic dessert in the English cuisine and certainly one of the best I know. I could not say no to a delicious lemon meringue pie. I have never made my own but I want to try. I find that the industrial ones have too much sugar and can taste sickly. So I'd love to make my own!
    I love your cocktail too!

    1. Dear Alida,
      Thank you dear friend for your comment and stopping over. I agree Alida it is a true American classic. I am glad that you have had a taste of one....They are so delicious and refreshing. That is why I love to make them in the summer time. My recipe here is kind of a shortcut, using the lemon pudding mix. But I have made the lemon curd from scratch before. It really is not hard to do, sometimes you should try it. I understand what you mean about the ones you can find in the grocery stores, they are made very sticky or too thick and way too much sugar. You can't have enough lemons, and the cocktail has one of my favorites, Limoncello is in it. Have a wonderful weekend!
      Dottie :)

  2. Good Morning Dottie ,
    We both have lemon pie on the mind and what delicious pies they are .There are two types of pies I make at home ... this one during the cooler months and the ice-box one during the hot months . I may put the ice-box one on the blog in the near future . It's a can't miss.
    I love the idea of the lemonade pie cocktail , never had it before , sounds delicious .Thanks so much for sharing and have a blessed weekend ...~Nee~ ;- D

    1. Good afternoon Nee,
      So good to hear from you, thanks for your comment. Yes, lemon pies are amazing. I also have made many types of lemon pies, I even think I have made an ice box cake also. To me I can't seem to get enough lemons, love the flavor so much, especially in the summer. It is so cooling and refreshing. I would love to see you recipe, some time definitely post the ice box one. Pies are my forte, and that is what I love to bake more than anything. Baking cakes, cookies, etc are also my thing. Don't get me wrong I love to cook as well, but there is something about baking that I think is in my blood, which I think I have from my grandmothers. Glad that you liked this cocktail too, you can't have too many lemons you know...Thanks for stopping over, and you also have a blessed weekend!
      Dottie :)

  3. Dear Dottie, This was one of my moms favorite pies. We would walk to the diner and order a slice on nice summer evenings. This is one of my favorites too.
    Lemons are such a beautifully versatile fruit. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

    1. Hi Catherine, So happy that you enjoyed and remembered memories of your mom and you walking to the diner. How wonderful, you must have had treasured times for sure. I agree with you this one is definitely a top 5 for me. I can't seem to get enough lemons this summer...I love them. Thanks so much for visiting and your comment. Have a good and blessed day! Dottie :)