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- Judith McLaren
- 1-1/2 cups (350 ml) sugar
- 1/3 cup (80 ml) flour
- 4-1/2 tbsp (70 ml) cornstarch
- 1/3 tsp (2 ml) salt
- 3 cups (700 ml) water
- 4 egg yolks (beaten, save whites for meringue)
- 1-1/2 tbsp (20 ml) butter
- 1 tsp (5 ml) grated lemon peel
- 2/3 cup (150 ml) lemon juice
- lemon peel slivers, optional
- Pie crust:
- 1/3 cup (80 ml) flour
- 1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) shortening
- 3 tbsp (45 ml) water
- 4 egg whites (room temperature is best)
- 8 tbsp (125 ml) sugar
- 1/8 tsp (1 ml) cream of tartar
- Bake and cool pie crust pastry (Recipe at bottom)
- In saucepan, combine 1 cup (225 ml) sugar, flour, cornstarch & salt.
- Stir in water, cook and stir until thick and clear.
- Add small amount of hot mixture to yolks and stir to mix.
- Add yolk mixture (now a little hot) to rest of hot mixture.
- Mix well.
- Cook on medium 1 minute.
- Add juice, butter, and peel.
- Cook 1 minute and pour into pie shell. Cool.
- Cover with meringue (completely sealing at edges of pie crust) and bake at 400 degrees (200 C.) until meringue barely browns.
- Garnish with lemon peel slivers, if desired.
- Directions for pie pastry crust:
- Mix 1/3 cup (80 ml) flour, 1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt 1/2 cup (125 ml) shortening and 3 tbsp (45 ml) water.
- Blend well with pastry cutter or fork. Roll dough out on floured surface.
- When big enough to fill pie plate, carefully transfer over to pie plate.
- Use fork to poke holes all over bottom of pie pan to avoid bubbling.
- Flute edges of pie pastry before baking.
- Bake 450 for 10 minutes. Cool.
- Directions for meringue:
- Beat 4 egg whites (room temperature is best) for several minutes.
- Then, slowly add 8 tbsp (125 ml) of sugar bit by bit while eggs beat.
- Add tiny bit (1/8 tsp) cream of tartar as well, while eggs beat.
- When meringue has stiff peaks (stand tall but won't fall), it's done.
- My Mother's favorite dessert before she passed away. This
pie is a bit more tart than some, since Mom liked it that
way. Decrease lemon juice amount if tart isn't what you're
going for! Delicious, still a family favorite.
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