“Men may come and men may go….but pie goes on forever.”

By: musicisfoodoflove

Jun 21 2010

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Category: Recipes


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-George Augustus Sala, British journalist, ‘America Revisited’ (1882)

I have decided that pies make EVERYTHING better.  More specifically….they make my father very happy, and since it was Father’s Day only hours ago, I figured it was the perfect dessert to make for my father.  It was kind of a strange arrangement for the holiday this year in my household, because two of my brother’s friends from college are staying at the house.  However, it was a GREAT day; we ate dinner and dessert, gave presents to my Dad, and had a Jazz Jam Session in my living room!  I think my Dad really enjoyed it, and as he always says, “Best Yet!”

So, on to the Lemon Meringue Pie.  This is a very special recipe to my heart, because it was my Japanese Grandmother’s recipe.  Every time we would come to visit the house in Fresno, CA, she would always have the pie ready, beautifully presented and perfectly sweet.  When I was 13, she taught me the recipe, and since then I have always tried to bake with the love and perfection she demanded from her recipes.  She died a year later, and her Lemon Meringue Pie and baking techniques will remain as integral parts of my life.

So, while baking this pie, I fed my current obsession of the Punch Brothers by listening to “Bailey/I Know You Know.”  They are some of the most talented musicians I have ever heard, and this song is makes me so happy; a perfect atmosphere for baking this pie!

Lemon Meringue Pie (makes 2 pies)

(for crust)
2-1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup Crisco
1/4 cup cold water
(for filling)
8 egg yolks
5 Tbsp lemon rind
4 cups boiling water
5 Tbsp lemon juice
2 cups sugar
10 Tbsp corn starch
1/2 tsp salt
(for meringue)
8 egg whites
1/3 cups sugar

(for crust)

Preheat oven to 450º F.  Hand mix flour, salt, and Crisco.  Add cold water.  Knead, roll, and put in pie pans.  Use a fork to create scalloped edges, and poke the bottom of the pie pans and the sides with the fork.  Bake crusts for 8 min, or until edges are golden brown.
(for filling)
Combine egg yolks, lemon rind, lemon juice, sugar, corn starch, and salt in a mixing bowl.  Boil water, and add a little bit of the boiling water to the mixture.  Add mixture to boiling water, and cook over medium heat until it returns to boil.  Pour into crusts and cool.
(for meringue)
Preheat oven to 350º F.  Beat egg whites and sugar until stiff, not dry.  Place onto pies, in spoonfuls.  Bake pies for 8 minutes, or until meringue is golden brown at the tops of the meringue.

Hope y’all enjoy it!




3 comments on ““Men may come and men may go….but pie goes on forever.””

  1. like i said, I love any recipe that makes TWO pies right off. great musical pairing, too!

  2. YUMMMM! I am going to have to try this!

  3. Man, do I love lemon meringue pie. I made it last for Pi Day!

    (I can’t wait to try this recipe, though… I’m passing it on to my mom too to use up lots of lemons from the new lemon trees on the new homestead.)

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