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Sunday, 2 June 2013

LEMON MERINGUE PIE

Good Morning to you,

I feel something "lemony" in the air.  How do you fancy making a Lemon Meringue Pie.  This pie I have adapted from Phyllis' cookery book.

Find your apron and put it on.  Mine is hanging on the back of the door.  Are you ready? Well let's get cracking.... oh, but first, find a piece of  music to listen to..... baking is always a lovelier experience when listening to music. The music I have playing at the moment is a Perry Como CD and the song I am listening to  is "Till the End of Time". This song really pulls at the heart strings, but I have to say my favourite Perry Como song is "Father of Girls".



INGREDIENTS
FOR THE PASTRY


200g (7oz) plain flour
 90 g (3 1/2 oz) butter cut into cubes
pinch of salt
10 ml (2 level teaspoons) sugar
1 beaten egg
2 tablespoons cold water

METHOD

1 x 9" fluted flan tin
baking parchment
pastry beans
Oven temperature: 200C (400F)


Sieve the flour and salt
into a large bowl


Add diced butter and rub into the flour 


until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Stir in the sugar


Whisk together egg and water

and stir into the breadcrumb mixture


knead very lightly to bring the
 ingredients together 

Wrap in cling film and leave the
pastry  to
rest in the fridge for 2 hours.


Butter the flan tin
Roll out the pastry to fit the flan tin


prick the pastry base with a fork 


Line with baking parchment
and pastry beans
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes



Remove the parchment and beans
and bake for another 5-10 minutes
until the base is thoroughly cooked.

INGREDIENTS FOR THE
LEMON FILLING


40g (1 1/2 oz) cornflour
225g (8 oz) sugar
pinch of salt
350ml (12 fl oz) tepid water
grated rind of a lemon
also


120 ml (4 fl oz) lemon juice
4 egg yolks
15g (1/2 oz butter)


Using a medium sized saucepan,
mix the cornflour with the sugar
and salt


Stir in the water, lemon juice
and lemon rind.
Place on the heat and
cook slowly, stirring continuously
until the mixture thickens.
Remove from the heat.


In a separate bowl, whisk together 
the 4 egg yolks and carefully
add a small amount of the 
heated lemon mixture
(I added three tablespoons, and continued
whisking)

Slowly pour the egg mixture into the lemon
mixture, stirring constantly.

Cook until the mixture is thickened,
but do not allow to  boil.

Add the butter and whisk until the
butter dissolves.


Spoon lemon mixture into the 
baked pastry case

THE MERINGUE


4 egg whites
100g  (4 oz) of caster sugar


Whisk the egg whites lightly
until soft peaks are formed.

Add half the sugar and whisk until
thick and  glossy.

Using a metal spoon
carefully fold in the rest of the sugar

Spoon the meringue on top of the
lemon filling until the pie is covered.


Bake for 10 - 15 minutes
until golden brown


Slice and enjoy!

You might be wondering how I came to like Perry Como..... well I shall tell you. Like all good stories, it started a long time ago.

Do you remember the Perry Como Show which was shown on the television during the late 1950's, early 1960's? Well, Ivy absolutely loved the show.  She would always have everything organised, so that she could sit down and watch this programme on a Saturday evening.  Now this may seem hard to believe, but it was in the days when televisions were switched on, to watch the programme you enjoyed, and then switched off again. The television was never left on as a background sound. Ivy and Gramps would always decide what programme they wanted to watch.  The television was turned off until the programme was due to start, they would sit down and enjoy the programme and  when it  finished, the television was turned off. 
  
I remember being allowed to stay up and watch The Perry Como Show with Ivy and Gramps.  Gramps was busy in the kitchen making us cocoa. Do you remember how the milk was boiled before adding it to the cocoa and sugar. It was mixed in a jug, then put back into the pan and whisked to create the frothy topping.  Well this took a little time, so whilst Gramps was busy making us cocoa, Ivy told me about the show and what to expect. I asked Ivy, why she liked Perry Como so much.  She said, "Because he has a lovely voice...... and then whispered, "Also because he is very handsome, but shush do not tell Gramps!"  Which I thought was marvellous, to share a secret which I could not tell Gramps.... but as I was so young, I was bursting at the seams to tell him.... which of course eventually I did and he pretended to look horrified, just to tease me.

Who were your heart throbs?  Mine were Paul McCartney from The Beatles and Davy Jones from The Monkees. As a teenager, I had a large poster of Davy Jones on my bedroom wall and he really was my heart throb, in fact I thought I was going to marry him...... and then along came George!

Take care and I will see you later in the week.

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