Charleston was cold yesterday. It was 81 degrees. I’m pretty sure that’s the coldest day in over a month. Cold. I sound ridiculous.
But on such a “cold” summer day threatening rain, I felt like it was a good day to bake up a pie. And if you remember my blueberry pie post, I’m still learning all there is to know about pie baking.
Which is why I went for lemon meringue. Gotta learn sometime! I’ve only made a meringue once, and I’d never made a curd before.
I have an app called Yummly on my phone and it’s awesome. Download it. You can browse through hundreds of recipes linked to people’s blogs. I found this lemon meringue recipe:
First, juice your lemons!
Next up you make your curd. I thought this would be really technical and time consuming, but it was actually really easy. It’s fast too! My only mistake was that I didn’t put my pie crust in early enough to bake, so my curd just had to hang out in the saucepan until I could pour it into the shell.
Something else I seem to have a hard time doing is zesting lemons. That sounds incredibly embarrassing. It should be easy right? I feel like while I grate the lemon peel, the zest should just fall away, right? Well, no. It just sticks to the tool and is impossible to get off without rinsing it away, which of course is useless. Very frustrating. So hardly any zest made into my curd today. Am I. . .zesting wrong?
But I got it together 🙂 The recipe said I could have used two more egg whites to make more meringue, but honestly I get slightly annoyed when there’s a ton of meringue on these things. The lemon curd is the good part!
Before I read the directions for this pie, I thought I needed a blow torch to get the meringue to have that “toasted” look. Aha, not so! The oven did that for me 🙂
I’m really happy with how this pie came out. Everything did what it was supposed to. It wasn’t as lemony and punchy as I hoped for (my lack of lemon zest is probably to blame for that), but it was still good!
And bonus: When Rory came home, he said the house smelled amazing. So you will also have a really fragrant home on top of a homemade summer treat 🙂
Have a great weekend!