Happy Friday everyone! I’m ready for a slice of pie, how bout you? Or maybe the entire pie. Has it been one of those weeks for anyone else?
I’m still in reaction mode for most of my day. Baby cries. Sit down to feed baby. Toddler wakes up. Set down baby to change toddler’s diaper. Baby cries. Toddler wants milk. Pick up screaming baby. Get milk. Sit down to feed baby. Toddler hugs baby to near suffocation. Baby cries. Toddler wants food: “I want oatmeal I want oatmeal I want oatmeal!!” Baby wants food. I want food. Nobody is getting what they want fast enough. Eric asked me what I did today when he got home from work. I said, we slept and ate, and nothing else. And I am exhausted!Don’t think that I am one of those people complaining about my busy life but somehow I still had time to make an elaborate pie. Uh uh. This awesomeness happened before my mom left, when there was still some sanity around here. Lemon Meringue Pie has royalty status at our house. My mom has probably made 100 of them. No joke. They are huge in my family. We make them every Thanksgiving, every Christmas. There are so many of us that we usually have to make two of them, and we are still fighting over the last piece.
We decided to experiment with the meringue this time around. We baked it longer at a lower temperature. At first I was dismayed to realize that the meringue had formed a crackly shell on top. I thought it was ruined. But then I tasted it…my mom and I both agree that this is the best Lemon Meringue Pie we have ever eaten. I found myself sneaking off little bits of the crackly topping for days. I will never go back. If this doesn’t sound appealing to you, never fear, I have instructions down there for a traditional meringue as well. But you really should try it.
One more thing about this pie: I call it Lemon Meringue Pie for Lemon Lovers for a reason. I don’t mess around when it comes to tartness. This pie might just make your nose fall off. If you’re not into that, then replace some of the lemon juice with water, and reduce the amount of lemon zest.
I know this recipe is like 10 years long. Lemon Meringue Pie is a little finicky, but it’s really not hard, I promise. I just wanted to provide lots of detail for you. Happy weekend everybody!
Source: my awesome mom!