February is National Pie Month – a rather delicious month to celebrate! Pie comes in many flavors: sweet fruit pies, airy mousse pies, savory vegetable pies, and even quiches. Below you will find a recipe for Miss Adina’s favorite pie recipe (and lemons are in season!) Come into the library and check out our amazing pie and baking cookbooks.
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Lemon Meringue Pie
• 4 egg yolks (Keep egg whites for meringue)
• 1/3 cup cornstarch
• 1 1/2 cups water
• 1 1/3 cups sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 3 tablespoons butter or shortening
• 1/2 cup lemon juice
• 2 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (All the zest you can get from the lemons you just juiced!)
Heat oven to 375°F
Whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl and set aside. Mix the cornstarch, water, sugar, salt, and butter/shortening in a pot and bring the liquid to a boil (med-high should be fine). Boil it for one minute, and then remove from the heat, constantly stirring. One small scoop at a time (or if using a whisk to mix, one whisk-full at a time), add the hot mixture to the eggs until half the hot mixture is now in the egg bowl (this is called tempering).
Put the egg mixture back in the pot and put it on low, stirring constantly for one minute. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice and zest. Pour the mixture into your pie shell and top with the meringue (below) while the egg mix is still hot. Make sure the meringue goes all the way to the edges of the pie crust!
• 4 egg whites
• 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
• 2 tablespoons sugar
Using a hand or a stand mixer, whisk egg whites and cream of tartar until mostly firm (soft peaks will form if you turn the whisk upside-down). Slowly add the sugar until stiff peaks form (1-2 minutes). Cover the pie with this.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the meringue is golden. Remove the pie from the oven and let cool completely (preferably on a wire rack).
Eat and enjoy! Refrigerate any uneaten portion, or give it to a hungry librarian.