Monday, June 17, 2013

Lemon Meringue Pie, my summer favorite! By Ellie Grant

By Ellie Grant
Plum Deadly
from the Pie in the Sky Mysteries 

As you can see from my new book cover, Plum Deadly is about pie making and mystery. It takes place in Durham, North Carolina, home of Duke University. Maggie Grady is working at Pie in the Sky, her Aunt Clara's pie shop. There is a lot of pie eating going on in this new book too. One of my favorites is Lemon Meringue. It' so cool and sweet for hot summer days.

Here's my recipe:

You'll need one nine-inch pie shell, either made from scratch or pre-made from the store, baked.

To this, you'll add the lemon filling:

1 cup sugar or sweetener (this can easily be made sugar-free) 
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup water
6 slightly beaten yolks (save the whites for the meringue to follow)
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest from the rind
1/2 cup lemon juice (you've got the lemon there, right?)
2 tablespoons butter

Beat together sugar, cornstarch, salt, and water and simmer  about one minute in saucepan. Remove from heat and gradually beat in egg yolks. Return egg mixture to low heat, stirring constantly, for one minute.
Remove from heat and gently stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, and butter until well combined.
Pour into baked and cooled pie shell. 

Making meringue topping

Mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1/3 cup water, six egg whites, 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 1/2 cup sugar or sweetener.

Combine cornstarch and water in a saucepan. Simmer until it thickens on low heat and set aside.

Beat egg whites and vanilla extract until foamy. Add cream of tartar and sugar, mixing until soft peaks form. Slowly add cornstarch mixture and beat until stiff. Spread meringue mixture over the lemon component in pie shell. Bake on low until meringue turns brown.

Yum! serve as quickly as possible. This pie will get watery if you let it sit too long. It doesn't last long at my house!

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Pre-order here or at your favorite book store!

Pie recipes included!

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