Friday, July 12, 2013

Lemon Meringue Pie

One of my dad's friends gave us a bag of lemons the other day, so I decided to make Lemon Meringue Pie.

*****pause for Susan to hijack the post*****

Just so you know, when Tyler-Rose says "a bag of lemons," she means a bag of LEMONS.  Please tell me I'm not the only one who thinks this is unusually large for the sour yellow citrus...

giant lemon fist


Ahem.  *****Susan leaves the blog post to continue in peace****

I attempted meringue last summer because my brother and my dad love all the lemony things, but it was not an overwhelming success. My family still ate it, but no one told me I needed to go out and open a gluten-free bakery RIGHT. NOW.

The problem was that--half way through beating my egg whites--I realized that I had never actually seen a homemade meringue before and that I had no idea what it was supposed to look like before it was one the pie and baked. I had to stop and call my grandmother.

She set me straight about what a properly beaten meringue should look like, but that didn't keep me from undercooking it.

So this time I was careful to cook it for the full time, and it came out beautifully.

lemon meringue pie

lemon meringue pie

lemon meringue pie

And because all things are writing analogies, I take the success of this second attempt as a good sign for my in-progress revision. My meringue came out nicely and so will my novel. Obviously the universe is sending me a message.

17 comments:

  1. Gorgeous and yummy-looking. :D The funny thing about this is that homemade meringue does not faze me in the least--but the idea of making lemon pie with fresh lemons does. I've never cooked a lemon pastry, but I feel like I would definitely be using a mix or something if I did...this may have something to do with the fact that we don't have people handing us lemons the size of oranges where I live...

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    1. Tee-hee-hee -- post-jacking! XD

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    2. Oh... Oh, I did. Look at that.

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    3. I don't live there anymore, but I used to live in California. I've seen lemons the size of cantaloupe around those parts.

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  2. Katie the RommateJuly 12, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Living in the midwestern wilderness, I have never seen an actual lemon in reality and therefore cannot judge as to the extravagance of its size.

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    1. ^HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Tyler-Rose, please witness this.

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    2. Katie the RoommateJuly 13, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      Haha, no! That lemon is ridiculous, though. I'm pretty sure our lemons are made in factories in China or something.

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  3. just mouthwatering...looks delicious!

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  4. Yes, that is huge for a lemon. I'm not a big lemon fan (though I don't mind lemonade), so I'm not a big lemon meringue fan. However, my mum used to make them a lot (I was the only one in the family that didn't like lemon meringue pie), so I'm well aware of what it should look like. And that's one fine looking lemon meringue pie, Tyler-Rose. Well done!

    And wouldn't "meringue" sound more fun if it was pronounced phonetically? Meringwee, as opposed to marang. Just a thought. :)

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    1. (And by "I'm not a big lemon fan" I'm not expressing a prejudice against over-sized lemons. I'm not a fan of lemons of any size. Just thought I'd clarify that...)

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    2. Colin: 1) I'm very glad you also think that's an unusually large lemon. I was starting to question myself when Tyler-Rose told me they weren't very impressive to her. 2) Those darned French. That is all.

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  5. I love lemons! This pie looks amazing!

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  6. You just brought back such beautiful memories of my aunt making lemon meringue pie. I so enjoyed helping her.

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  7. I love lemons. Congrats on a successful pie and I love how you've correlated that with writing success! Great post.

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  8. Probably my all-time favorite pie!!

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