Friday, February 4, 2011

When Life Gives you Lemons...

...Make Lemon Meringue Pie! ...or try to at least.

Right before all the cold came we picked all the lemons off the tree. There weren't enough lemons for more than a couple sips of lemonade, so pie it was! (thanks for the suggestion Annie).

I've never made Lemon Meringue Pie before, but I enjoy trying new things (remember my pumpkin pie?)! I used the first recipe I came to, by Alton Brown. You can find the recipe here or watch the video here, but I suggest you read this whole post first.

The pie didn't take me forever to make, but it took a while to get all the ingredients together. I had to do a little lemon zesting and juicing!


I also had to do some egg separating, which was a pain in the ass because I got two sets of twins.


I just didn't used the two eggs with two yolks each. I wasn't sure if they'd have enough of the white part for the meringue.

The pie looked AHmmmaaazing.


However I noticed it was a little jiggly. I was worried it was going to be too runny, but I let it cool off and chill in the fridge. After it was nice and cold I tried a slice.



Let me just trade in this fork for a spoon...


Well, my suspicions were right. It was more of a soup than a pie. The flavor was delicious, but way too runny. I'm pleased with how the meringue part turned out though, since it was the first time I've done that too.


I am pretty sure I know where I went wrong. At the bottom of the online recipe there are a bunch of comments saying that there must have been a typo and to cook one portion longer than what the directions said. Being a stickler for following the rules... I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I went and searched out the video to see if it was indeed a typo - but Mr. Brown said the exact same thing as in the directions. When I cooked it all up it seemed thick enough - so I just stuck to the directions..... and I failed. Though not completely in my opinion. I learned for next time! I'll be using a different recipe...

Oh well!


  1. Even though it didn't turn out quite how you wanted, I'd still like my bit thanks!!! ;)
    And I bet it tasted good all the same!!

  2. Can't wait to try a piece! Sounds like a worthy breakfast treat.

    Wonder if the altitude made any difference in the length of time to cook?

    Sure is pretty tho, I'm so glad it's in OUR FRIDGE!!!

    Good job Erika, you make me proud!!

  3. you never know...til you sure LOOKED good in the pie pan!

    ((i never cared for lemon meringue...fresh lemonade...with seeds floating around...tart...pulp...yum!))

  4. @Annie- I'd send some your way, but it def. leak out of the box ;-P

    @Fitzy- I don't think alt. had any play in it, since mannnny others trying the recipe had the same problem ;-(

    @Laura- mmm how could you not like it, sooo good ;-P

  5. OOOOOOOOH i wish we had lemon trees here in Scotland,although at Culzean Castle down the road from us in Ayrshire the Gulf Stream goes by that part of Ayrshire and lemons grow there, not sure how many mind you, but i remember my mum telling me this. I made lemon curd on Friday as I couldn't get out geocaching due to the weather.
    Thank you Erika for visiting my blog again ;-)

  6. i bet you'd make a mean one...but for's that texture. i never liked marshmallows, cream filling, eclairs...maybe i just never had a GOOD one! ?? :)