Spring is teasing us here in our neck of the woods. So, I bring some sunshine inside…
…and make some to wear as jewelry…
…Surely we could be persuasive if we were all to bake lemon meringue pies this weekend…
…Or next, for Easter Sunday. Surely.
Lemon Meringue Pie
grated rind and juice of 1 large lemon
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 eggs, separated
pinch of salt
1/8 tsp. cream of tarter
Make your favorite pie crust, and bake until golden. Mine fave pie crust is the Martha pate brisee, but most days, I buy and bake a frozen one!
In a saucepan, combine the lemon rind and juice, 1/2 cup of sugar, the butter and 1 cup water. Bring the mixture to boil. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in 1 tablespoon cold water. Add the egg yolks. Add the egg yolks to the lemon mixture and return to a boil, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Cover the surface with waxed paper to prevent a skin from forming, and let cool.
For the meringue, beat the egg whites with the salt and cream of tarter using an electric mixer, until they hold stiff peaks. Add the remaining sugar and beat until glossy. Spoon the lemon mixture into the pie shell and spread level. Spoon the meringue on top, smoothing it up to the edge of the crust to seal. Bake until golden at 400F, 12-15 minutes. Serve warm or cold.