1/18/09

Lemon Meringue pie & cupcakes~

I pulled off all the lemons off of my lemon tree and squeezed & froze all the juice so I could have "lemons" all year long. I placed 1/2 cup of lemon juice in each ziploc snack bag, folded the bags to get out as much air as possible then sealed them shut. I freeze them flat so I can stack them easily in the freezer. Here is my first pie of the year, okokok first TWO pies of the year, one for me and one for my daughter and her family..... YuMmY!Deluxe Lemon Meringue Pie
1 1/2 c Sugar
1/3 c cornstarch
1 1/2c water, cold
1/2 c lemon juice
5 large eggs -- separated (you'll use the yokes for the pie)
2 tb butter / or margarine
Optional: 1 tsp Lemon rind -- grated- up to 3 tsp
9" pastry shell -- baked
Meringue:
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 c sugar -- plus 2 tbs sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
5 egg whites (left over from the pie)

Combine the sugar & cornstarch in a large heavy saucepan; mix well. Gradually add the water and lemon juice into the mixture and have the pot on a medium heat stirring until mixture is smooth. Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored; gradually stir into lemon mixture. Add butter, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Cook 1 minute, stirring continuously. Remove from heat; stir in lemon rind. I let the lemon filling cool in the fridge for a few house then I pour it into the pastry shell. This way the lemon filling doesn't "sweat" and make a watery mess.... Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed of an electric mixer just until foamy. Gradually add 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves (2 to 4 minutes). Beat in vanilla, and spread meringue over filling, touching the edge of the pastry to get a nice seal. Bake at 325~ for 25 to 30 mins. or until meringue is golden brown. Cool to room temp.

Lastly, some low calorie cupcakes that I made for my daughter to pass out to a few people who will come to visit her in the hospital when my grandaughter Chloe is born~

Here is a close up of one of the cupcakes~

11 comments:

Cottage Lifestyle said...

The pies and the cupcakes look delicious!

Renee

annie2006 said...

gorgoeus cupcakes and i'm def gonna try your recipe for the lemons - those pies look scrummy :)

Anonymous said...

*groan* those pies looks so GOOD. =) Just might have to try them! =) TFS the recipe!!
Your d'ter is going to love those cupcakes...how adorable. =)
D =)

B said...

Lemon meringue pie is my all-time fave pie, so you're just gonna have to some on down here to So. Cal. and bake one up for me. And those cupcakes look good enough to eat, too!
Have a great week.
Brenda

Amy said...

Cheryl--Those cupcakes are adorable! Would you consider making any to sell? My son is going to have a rubber-ducky themed first birthday party and these would be so cute!!!

-Amy

(crafting by candlelight)

vivian said...

omg omg! thats a double omg! first of all.. lemon meringue pie is my very most favorite dessert in the world! I think, If i were to allow myself, I could probably eat a whole pie by myself in one sitting... yes.. I do think I could! I have never made a home made one that didnt come out of a durkee or frenchs box.. which by the way are both very good! Youre making me want to make a fresh one though. darn.. wish I had a lemon tree!!! heehee!
the second omg.. omg! those little chickee cupcakes are so darned cute! I love them! I think I'd go see your daughter in the hospital, just to get one! what a sweet idea, to give a little giftie to the visitors!
ok.. now come over and join my new easter swap!
(my mouth is watering.. but nothing is going to satisfy me now, except lemon pie.. guess what im making this weekend!!
hugs
vivian

Sabii Wabii said...

These are adorable!
Terisa
'running with scissors'
www.sabiiwabii.blogspot.com

Melinda Cornish said...

the pie looks wonderful and the cupcakes are so sweet...Your daughter is going to love handing them out! Melinda

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Those cupcakes are too cute!
Where did you get the pattern ro did youi make it up.

Maggie R said...

Nice blod... Loved the recipes... especially the crocheted ones. do you share your pattern? I have some dieting friends they would be perfect for!
xoox
((((hugs))))
Maggie

purplepaint said...

A woman after my own heart! Lemon meringue pie ~ my favorite!!!! Now you know I'm going to have to make one using your recipe! :D Marva (by the way I love your little pink drawer thingy!!!)