"Someone has made you the recipients of a pie from 'The Pie Hole...

... as in "shut your", or in this case, "open your" because it's real good. " - Olive Snook - Pushing Daisies! :) (I loved that show.)

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. The sun was shining here in Louisville all weekend long and it was simply beautiful outside. I got to spend time with my in laws, who came to visit from Virginia, we spent Saturday at Churchill Downs betting on the horses, which was a blast, followed by watching my husband, Chris, at OVW's Saturday Night Special, where he kicked butt. Sunday was spent having a little walk down Bardstown Road and a delicious late lunch at Cumberland Brews, before they had to leave us and head to the airport! :( It was a wonderful visit and so good to see them, I hope we can make a trip to Virginia soon as I miss everyone there bunches.

In the spirit of all things bright and sunny, this past week I experimented and stepped out of my comfort zone in the kitchen, by having a go at making a Lemon Meringue Pie! :) I had been wanting to bake one of these for the longest time, but for some reason always thought it would be really tricky. I thought the meringue would be messy and I wouldn't be able to get it right. However, my sister, Kelly, had left me with a frozen pie crust, when she emptied her freezer for her move to Florida, and I thought now was my chance! :p It's one of my favourite pie's to have for dessert as I just love how fresh it is and I love anything lemon. So, as I had a craving for something sweet last week, I set to work! :)

 
You will need:
 
1 pie crust.
1 cup of white sugar.
2 tbsp. all purpose flour.
3 tbsp. corn starch.
1/4 tsp salt.
1 1/2 cups water.
3 small lemons- juiced and zested.
2 tbsp. butter.
4 egg yolks beaten.
 
For the Meringue:
4 egg whites.
6 tbsp. white sugar.
 
 
Pre heat the oven to 350 of and make sure your pie crust is thoroughly thawed and half baked before you begin. My Mum rang as I was in the middle of cooking the lemon filling, as it started to get thick really quick I put it straight in the pie crust without thinking. When I got off the phone I let out a little "Noooooooo" :p I managed to salvage it so it worked out but just remember this step first. You want the pie crust to be nice and tasty.
 
Split your egg yolks and egg whites in two separate bowls so you have them prepared.
 
In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, corn starch, flour and salt. I did this before adding any heat. Then stir in the water, lemon juice and lemon rind (which I already prepared in bowls) turn on heat and mix together until it comes to a boil.
 
Stir in the butter. Then gradually mix 1/2 of your hot mixture into the bowl with your egg yolks. Give it a little mix then pour it all back into the saucepan and stir till thick.
 
 
 
Once thick, pour the mixture into your half baked pie crust. Set aside.
 
 
Now it's time to whip up your egg whites and sugar until stiff peaks form. You can do this with a hand held electric whisk or a kitchen aid/mixer. I was excited to use a different attachment on my kitchen aid, as in the 4 -5 years I have had this mixer, I don't think I have used this attachment once! :p
 
 
 
 
 
It was so simple and quick to make this meringue topping that I think I will be trying more meringue recipes out in future! :) When your meringue is nice and bright and stiff, you can place it on top of your pie! :)
 


 
Bake in the oven for around 10 mins or until meringue turns lightly golden! :)
 
 
 
And there you have it! :) I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to make this scrumptious treat. It turned out great and I was really happy with it. Chris, who isn't really a big fan of lemon actually enjoyed it too, so I definitely recommend giving it a whirl! :)
 
Hope you have a fantastic Monday!
 
Love Lulu. xx
 
Ooh and don't forget to leave a comment on my previous blog: http://www.lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/09/figuring-out-keys-to-happiness-plus.html for a chance to WIN a pair of Tresor Paris earrings from Victoria Highfield Jewelers! :) 
 
 







2 comments :

  1. I love lemon meringue. it's one of my favourite pies, but my hubby hates them :( What's a girl to do!?
    Omg, I just loved Pushing Daisies!
    P.S, totally saving this recipe for future use! :D
    Angie x
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    1. Aww, my husband was the same but he did try it, he wouldn't eat a big piece but he said it was nice. You could swap out the lemon and try maybe a different fruit or even chocolate pudding! :) I think i'm just going to be putting meringue on everything now, as it was so easy! :p
      Pushing Daisies was awesome, I was so sad when they cancelled after just two seasons! :(

      Hope you have fun making it too! :)
      Lucy xx

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