Winter is a wonderful time to read,
watch old movies and learn something
new. I have so many interests that getting
bored doesn't seem to be a problem for me.
Every season has it's special delights.
I just "refreshed" my birdfeeders earlier
today since they were way down in seed.
As I went out on the deck I heard masses
of birds up in the trees. There were
hundreds of bluebirds but they just seemed
to be resting way up and not coming
down at all.
There in the trees and up in the sky
Bluebirds on branches
Hundreds rest, waiting to fly
I tried to entice them
With birdseed and rye
But they seemed on a journey
So we bid them Goodbye!
Today I made a Lemon Meringue
Pie. I wonder how many of these I've
baked over the years?
Let's take a seat over by the cozy fireplace
and enjoy our pie.
You might want to bake this pie too:
Prepare a pie shell and bake it! I use the old recipe of 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup Crisco and 3-4 Tb ice water) Bake 450 degrees about 8 min
The ingredients for pie are as follows but
frankly I doubled this for a really deep
1 1/3 cups of sugar, 4 Tb cornstarch, 1 Tb flour, 1/2 cup cold water, 1 1/2 cups of separate water ready boil, 4 egg yolks slightly beaten, 2 Tb butter, 1 Tb grated lemon rind, 1/3 cup lemon juice
For the meringue you will need 4 egg whites, 1/4 tsp cream of tartar and 1/2 cup sugar
Combine the 1 1/3 cups of sugar, the cornstarch, the flour and cold water in a medium size saucepan and blend them together until smooth. Stir in the boiling water and cook stirring constantly until the mixture begins to bubble and is thick. Simmer about 2 minutes and keeping stirring to keep from burning! Remove from heat
Now blend about 1/2 of this hot mixture into the egg yolks and return all to saucepan and cook about 2 minutes. Remove again and add butter, lemon rind and juice and stir through well. Set aside to cool slightly. Stir to let out steam and help cooling. I put the bowl in the refrigerator to cool. Once cool I pour it into the baked pie shell and put it into the baked pie shell and I go ahead and refrigerate. I find this works for me but I do see people do this step differently here.
Meanwhile, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar in a medium size bowl. Slowly add 1/2 cup sugar and continue beating still stiff.
When the pie is cold in the refrigerator, spread egg white meringue on top. Put in the preheated oven of 400 degrees for about 6 to 8 minutes - watch for browning. Cool on a rack - when cool refrigerate again for several hours.