Monday, June 23, 2014

Mmmm . . . Lotsa Lemon Meringue Pie By Ellie Grant and Maggie Grady

Murderous Mince is book 2 in the Pie in the Sky Mysteries from Simon and Schuster

What's better in the hot summer than cool lemon meringue pie?

It's a specialty at Pie in the Sky pie shop in Durham, NC, right off the Duke University campus.

I'm Maggie Grady. My Aunt Clara and I own and run the family pie making business.

Lotsa Lemon Meringue (My aunt likes to name the pies) is one of our favorites!

You can try making it yourself!

Flaky Pie Crust

Chill all mixing utensils and ingredients first

Two cups flour
One cup vegetable shortening
1 ½  tsps. Salt

Work shortening into flour and salt quickly until the particles are small as possible.
Sprinkle in cold water, only enough until the dough sticks together in a ball. It should be dry, not moist. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

After dough is chilled, place it on a pastry board or other flat, non-stick surface. Dust surface lightly with flour. Flatten the dough a little then use a lightly floured rolling pin to make smooth, even strokes from the center to the edge of the dough.

Turn the dough frequently to keep it round. Use an ungreased metal pie pan for flaky crust. Don’t turn the crust over when putting it into the pan. Leave rolled side up. Use your fingers to lightly press any cracks in the crust together. Flute crust, if desired.

Bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes when needed before adding filling. Otherwise bake with filling.

Makes one nine inch pie crust

Lotsa Lemon Meringue – an old favorite
Bake one nine inch pie shell
One cup sugar plus four tbsp (or alternate sweetener)
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ tsp. cream of tartar
One cup boiling water
One tbsp. butter
Three eggs, separated
Grated rind and juice from one lemon

Mix one cup sugar and cornstarch in a pot.
Add boiling water slowly then continue cooking on low heat, stirring constantly
Beat egg yolks slightly. Add butter and yolks slowly to mixture in pot.
Cook in double boiler until thick, stirring constantly.
Add lemon rind and juice then let cool.

Beat egg whites with cream of tartar until frothy. Mix in four tbsp. sugar. Continue beating until stiff.
Put lemon pie mixture into the baked pie shell. Swirl meringue over the top into peaks.

Bake at 350 degrees for seven to ten minutes. Or until slightly golden.

Leave a comment here and win an E-copy of the first book in the pie shop series, PLUM DEADLY. 


Unknown said...

This sounds delicious!! I love to cook and would also love to win the first book in this series of books!! Thanks for sharing recipes and other creative ideas!!

The MAC Team said...

I love new series. This recipe will be tried soon. I know it will be awesome like your books.

Taryn Lee said...

Love all things food, especially baking. I get such a kick out of mystery series whose subject is food.

Unknown said...

It looks very yummy

Fish Crew said...

Looks to be a yummy read!

Barbara T. said...

My favorite pie. Love to listen to books, as well as reading them.bobbipad at gmail dot com

colodreamer said...

this series sounds delicious and I love Lemon Meringue pie...Can't wait to read them!!!

Robin Driscoll said...

Wow this really sounds good!! Might even try a few recipes!

Gram said...

Yum, just the dessert I need. Thanks.

Unknown said...

I love a good piece of pie! My favorite is pineapple! Have you ever had a pineapple pie recipe in your books? Would love to try this looks fun and tasty!

Susan Whitfield said...

I'm sure this will be a delightful read, just like the rest of your books. Needed these recipes for Killer Recipes, the second edition. Wishing you and Jim all the best!

Unknown said...

I would love to win a copy of your book. I love cozy mysteries and pies.

Margo said...

Can't wait to read it. Maybe I'll drink a glass of my Plum Dandy wine at the same time!

Unknown said...

Love lemon meringue pie, must try this recipe. I've been wanting to read this book too but the price is too high. Hope I win.

Unknown said...

Oh, that does sound good! Wish we could send some over the interenet.

Anonymous said...

Mysteries that revolve around food always get my attention and makes me want to read them. Would love to get a chance to read this one.

Malka E said...

the picture is a bit scary but the book looks delish!

Unknown said...

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Unknown said...

Thanks for stopping by, Susan Whitfield! Hope to see you soon!

Unknown said...

The pie looks yummy , will have to make it for our picnic

Unknown said...

Thanks, Shelley!