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Dad Deserves a Best-Ever Lemon Pie


Lemon meringue pie

If you’re looking for a dessert that Dad will love this weekend, try this lemon meringue pie, which mixes sweet and tart beautifully. It’s one of my Dad’s favorites, and Mom has made it frequently for him through the years.

Don’t worry if you’ve never made a meringue before. Follow these steps and it will be easy. You can also use it for coconut cream pie or any other pie that you’d like to top with meringue.

Best-Ever Lemon Pie

1 1/4 cups sugar
6 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups water
1/3 cup lemon juice
3 egg yolks
1 ½ teaspoon lemon extract
3 tablespoons margarine or butter
2 teaspoons white apple cider vinegar
1 (9-inch) baked pie crust

Never-fail Meringue:
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water
½ cup boiling water
3 egg whites
6 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt

Set up double boiler by bringing water in the lower pan to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Mix sugar and cornstarch together in top of double boiler. Add water. In a separate bowl, combine lemon juice with egg yolks and beat until well mixed. Add to sugar mixture. Cook until thick, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally and being careful not to overcook. (If it gets too thick to stir, then it has overcooked.) Add lemon extract, margarine and vinegar, and stir thoroughly. Pour mixture into pie crust. Cool.

When ready to finish pie, heat oven to 350 degrees.

To make meringue: Blend cornstarch and cold water in saucepan. Add boiling water and cook until clear and thick. Cool completely. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites at high speed until foamy. Add sugar and continue beating until stiff. Turn mixer to low speed. Add salt and vanilla. Gradually add cold cornstarch mixture. Turn mixer again to high speed. Beat well until peaks form. Immediately pile meringue on pie, swirling into hills and valleys making sure it touches all sides. Have meringue on edge as high as in center of pie. Place pie on two stacked baking sheets to prevent further baking of the crust.

Brown in oven for about 10 minutes until peaks turn a golden brown.

Makes 1 pie.

From Annaliese Griffin

 

 

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Pi Day Calls for Pie


Strawerry Chocolate Truffle Pie

This story is being posted on 3/14, which is Pi Day for all those mathematical geeks who love to have pie with pi.

What is pi? For those who slept through geometry, alongside me, it is, as Wikipedia declares, “a mathematical constant that is the ratio of any Euclidean circle’s circumference to its diameter.” Its initial numbers are 3.14.

But that’s not important. What is important is what pie goes well with Pi Day?

Strawberries are in season, so I decided to try out the following, which was the first place winner of a strawberry dessert contest several years ago. The flavors are timeless, and the pie goes together quickly.

Strawberry Chocolate Truffle Pie

6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (about 1 cup)
8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 cup powdered sugar plus 2 tablespoons, divided use
3 tablespoons Triple Sec or orange juice (see note)
1 baked 9-inch pie crust
1 1/2 quarts fresh strawberries, hulled
1/4 cup red currant jelly, melted (see note)
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon grated orange rind
Mint leaves and orange rind strips (optional)

Combine chips, cream cheese and butter in top of a double boiler. Place over boiling water. Melt, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and Triple Sec or orange juice. Spread evenly over pie crust; cool.

This pie is reminiscent of chocolate-covered strawberries.

Place strawberries stem side down over chocolate mixture. Brush berries with melted jelly. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.

Combine whipping cream, and remaining 2 tablespoons powdered sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in grated orange rind. If desired, garnish pie with orange rind strips and mint leaves. Top each serving with dollop of whipped cream.

Note: When testing this recipe, a store-bought graham cracker crust was used. Raspberry liquor was used instead of triple sec. Strawberry jam was used instead of jelly; it was not seeded, but that didn’t matter. The whipped cream covered everything up.

Makes 1 pie.

From Sandy Campbell/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.com

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