Momma G breaks her silence...
The Pie Queen is going to let you in on her secrets. Grab a pen.
And, yes, you should be excited. We (I) don't call her the Pie Queen for nothin'.
Oh, and BTW, I don't have to make pie because my sisters and mom do it so well, and I reap all the reward. ;) But you must make pie. You must make this pie. Typically I post recipes here so I don't forget them. But, I'm posting this recipe so that YOU don't forget it. So you can make if for me (again and again).
Momma G never made pie in a round pie plate when we were kids. Pie came in square slabs. That's right. She made a yard of pie crust and baked pie in an extra-large cookie sheet. Yup, a sheet of pie. A sheet pie. A round 9" pie only feeds 4 in our family. And we had 5. And I got spanked once for sneaking in the kitchen and picking 80% of the streusel topping off of one her legendary apple steusel sheet pies. All I can say: It was worth it.
In fact, my mother's pie is so well regarded in our family that it's requested for birthday and Christmas presents. Gramps always requests this lemon meringue or the apple, and Poppa G just asks for "pie". They eat the entire pie themselves, with a quart of milk. I don't blame them a bit. Oh, and my gramps is going to be 87 this year, healthy as an ox. That's good pie.
So here it is, people...enjoy! Thanks, Mommasita!
Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie
(Original recipe by Julie Miltenberger)
Prep: 20 min. cook: 24 min. Bake: crust at 425 for 20 min; pie at 325 for 33 min. Refrigerate: after cooling for 1 hr.
1 pastry crust for a 9 in pie
3 to 4 "large" lemons
1 and 3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
6 egg yolks room temp. (save whites for meringue. careful not to get any yolk in the whites meringue will not whip well.)
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter cut up
6 room temp egg whites ( i use 7 with a little extra cream of tartar to get a really high meringue)
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar
1. Heat oven to 425. Fit pastry in 9 in. deep pie plate. Roll dough under and crimp for fluted edge. Check for cracks in dough repair then prick dough well, with fork; Line with thin foil
fill with dried beans or pie weights. ( I found pie weights at the Christmas Store. They worked wonderfully!)
2. Bake at 425 for 12 min. Remove foil and weights or beans. Put crust back into oven for 8 more min or until golden.....COOL
3. Grate 2 tbls lemon rind set aside. Squeeze 3/4 cup juice from lemons(no seeds please). Mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt in saucepan. Stir in 2 1/4 cups water and lemon juice. Cook over med. heat,
whisking, 15 to 20 min or until thickened and bubbly. Cook another 2 to 3 min. stirring. Remove from heat
4. Beat egg yolks lightly in a small bowl, stir 1/2 cup hot lemon mixture into yolks quickly, then stir this yolk mixture back into full lemon mixture in saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly for
1min. (DON'T OVERCOOK) Take off heat add butter and grated lemon rind. Pour into baked cooled crust.
5. Reduce oven temp to 325
6.Meringue: Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in large bowl (not huge) until foamy. On high speed, beat in sugar one tablespoons at a time, until stiff peaks form. Spoon meringue over pudding mixture, spreading to edges to seal meringue to the crust. Swirl into peaks.
7. Bake on lower rack at 325 for 25 to 30 min. cool on rack ( away from drafts, something I learned through the years) for at least 2 hrs. Refrigerate for at least 2 hrs.( Better if more) before slicing.
This recipe has been tried in my kitchen 4 times and each time was a success. If you follow each step exactly you can not go wrong. I do not recommend boxed or already made crust for this pie.Won't work! Besides this pie deserves a wonderful home made crust. I use an old Amish recipe, that I switched up a bit. But any homemade crust will do.
The Lemon rind in the pudding and the butter make the pie really special and Yummy. ENJOY!
Love, Momma G