Friday, August 14, 2015

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.…Tomorrow August 15th just happens to be “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, water and egg yolks. Stir in 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 - 4X or 10X) 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.

1 Serving
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-and-half cream
1 tablespoon lemon sorbet
2 teaspoons lemon juice

Rub lemon wedge around the rim of a martini glass; dip rim in coarse 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. Yield: 1 serving. (From: Taste of Home Test Kitchen)

******Lemon Meringue Pie Mocktail: Substitute 1/3 cup lemonade for the Limoncello.

(Please Drink Responsibly!)

Till Next Time……….

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  1. Oh I love lemon merengue pie and yours looks really good!
    Tomorrow it is also Ferragosto in Italy. Traditionally we have a big barbecue. As it is my sister's birthday we will have a big celebration with the family too, I am looking forward to it!
    I love limoncello although I have never made it yet. In England you cannot find pure alcohol to make spirits. This means I will have to make it in Italy.

    1. Ciao, dear Alida,
      Thanks, for your lovely comment...I know about Ferragosto in Italy. Was going to write about that then I saw the pie staring at me...I hope that you have a wonderful time in Italy celebrating, Ferragosto and your sister's birthday! What a lovely time to be with family. Yes, Limoncello is so yummy and along side of the pie, it is lemons everywhere! Enjoy your fun time with your family..Tell Laura Happy Birthday for me. Felice Ferragosto caro amico!
      Hugs Dottie x :)

  2. Dottie, I am drooling over that pie! It looks delicious and what could be more refreshing in the summer time! It's my hubby's fave pie for good reason. I need to get some lemons and get busy. And the drink sends it all over the edge! Wow! I need to make one and start sipping! Have a great weekend! Take care

    1. Hi Pam,
      Thank you for your comment and stopping by. So thrilled that you loved this post and recipes. My mom's favorite is Lemon Meringue Pie and I love it as well. I could just eat the lemon inside, without even the crust..Your husband will be drooling over this pie so get plenty of lemons...Enjoy the drink too a perfect weekend dessert and drink. Have a beautiful weekend and enjoy!
      Dottie :)

  3. Dear Dottie, This was my mom's favorite. We would walk to the diner and share a piece when I was a girl. That makes this pie very special to me.
    Have a beautiful weekend and I hope you are feeling better. xoxo Catherine

    1. Dear Catherine,
      Thanks for your visit...What a lovely story and memory about your mom and you. I love the fact that you and your mom would go to the diner and enjoy eating Lemon Meringue Pie together. So happy that you liked this post and it brought back sweet thoughts of your mom. Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday!
      Dottie :)