Sunday 2 June 2013


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".


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


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.


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

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

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


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.


  1. Adoro essa torta. Linda , gostosa e bem mostrada aqui!" beijos,chica

  2. Good morning Daphne! What a lovely way to wake this morning with you sharing your lemon meringue with us. One of my favorite pies. We woke to chilly weather this morning...although it is sunny. Off for a morning walk and then I think I might just have to come back inside and make one of these pies. It looks too delicious not to! Have a wonderful week!

  3. I love the Beatles too....and Ricky Nelson! Happy Sunday! Hugs!

  4. Uau!!! Além de linda essa torta é deliciosa! Linda semana para você também!

  5. Your meringue looks perfect! I remember Perry Como, too. His voice was like velvet. Nobody sings like that today.

  6. I love all things lemon. Last week I made lemon squares, but haven't ever made a lemon meringue pie. I remember watching the Perry Como show with my dad. I also remember the first time the Beatles were shown on the Ed Sullivan show!

  7. Lovely story! I remember those days, when televisions were turned off after the programme, also we used to have to turn it on a minute or two beforehand, to get it warmed up! and of course, no remote to switch channels!
    My Mum used to often make this Lemon Meringue Pie for Sunday lunch.
    Thanks for the memories.

  8. Dear Daphne,i would like to have a little piese of your wonderful LEMON MERINGUE PIE !!!!What a lovely recipe!!I was in love with Paul McCartney !!!!Beautiful days!!!Have a lovely new month!Take care!!

  9. I think your meringue looks fabulous, soft inside just how I like it. When I get some time from gardening and decorating, this will certainly be a must tart to make. My heart throb was Billy Fury, my hubby still teases me about him.

  10. Hi, Daphne. Your lemon meringue pie is gorgeous and reminds me of the ones my mom yours...from scratch. Gosh, I miss her pies. Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane with Perry Como. I always liked his programs and Andy Williams, too.
    I hope you got the email I sent about the Haynes family from your Bible. If you didn't get it let me know. There may be some descendants in England.

  11. Hello, Daphne

    Your lemony dessert looks delicious and I'm impressed by the lovely, tall pile of merigue.

    My parents used to watch the Perry Como show and he did have a wonderful voice. My mother was also partial to Andy Williams. I'm trying to remember if I had any real heartthrobs of my own, although I wouldn't mind it if James Taylor decided to sing sweet nothings in my ear.


  12. Hi Daphne, I really love this lemon pie and the way you show us how to make it, you really make it look like its so easy.
    Thank you so much for your visit, and I´m staying around here too.
    I liked your blog so much, have a great day!

  13. Somos da mesma idade eu também curtia os Beatles e outros!
    vou procurar no youtube as músicas que mencionou...
    também gosto da torta de limão, e vou copiar sua receita!
    obrigada pelo comentário carinhoso , fiquei muito feliz! abraços grandes!

  14. Fui lá olhar o Perry Como, adorei as músicas, e muitas já conhecia
    confesso que chorei , essas músicas são lindas e me remetem ao passado tão doce e tão distante!

  15. Hi Daphne,

    Your lemon meringue pie looks delicious! I will be right over - only a small piece though ... lol.

  16. Daphne,

    Que aparência linda dessa torta de limão!
    Você é maravilhosa na culinária. Parabéns!
    Vim deixar um abraço e lhe desejar uma linda semana.

  17. Now that is a mile high meringue, beautiful! To this day I cant make a decent pie crust no matter what I do. YOUR pie looks outstanding and your instruction along with the photos makes it look so easy.

    My throb was Davy Jones too... and the guy ??? his name escapes me but the program was The Man From Uncle, it was the blond headed guy.

    Thank you so much for your prayers and kind word, GOD truly led your thoughts as you typed. You are a blessing to all that come to know you.

  18. Lemon is my favorite dessert flavor! Your pie is gorgeous! I make a wonderful pie crust from on old recipe I found in a vintage cook book. My grandmother taught me how to make it, but meringue is my Waterloo!

    Yes, I remember Perry Como on television! My favorite singer was Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys back then, and also Claudine.

  19. Love lemon Meringue! Thank you for sharing your recipe, Daphne :-)

  20. You have a lovely blog! Thank you for sharing. I am going to have to give this and some of your other deserts a try!

  21. Hi Daphne,

    Oh my, what a magnificent lemon meringue pie! Thanks for the step-by-step photo recipe and lovely styling!


  22. Amei sua dica de receita. Aqui em minha casa tenho muito limão, tenho vários pés. Eu nunca fiz uma torta de limão. Agora tenho uma preciosa receita.
    Você se parece com meu pai,vocês amam musica. Eu raramente escuto música, aqui meu marido é viciado em televisão ele liga de manhã e só desliga a noite quando vai dormir. Isso é muito ruim.
    Eu fico sempre em meu quarto ouvindo minhas músicas. Igual a essa que você ouviu do Noel Guarani. E fazendo crochê.
    Tenha uma ótima semana.
    Best Wishes.

  23. You must have the patience of a God. I don't do food posts for that very reason. I am not a cook but I do like baking and having it come out just right; turkeys, pies and brownies esp. Cookies frustrate me. I can't do anything that frustrates me. Can you tell? hahahahahaha (hug)

  24. what a wonderful dessert you made. I love lemon dessert especially in the summer months

  25. Lemon pie is my favorite. Now you have made me want one. I think I will bake one early tomorrow morning!
    Smiles, Dottie

  26. Your pie looks so good. This is one of my husband's favorites next to pineapple upside down cake. I will try and attempt this for his birthday in August!

  27. Te ha quedado hermoso me encanta esta pie de limón en casa se prepara los días domingo es todo un festín,hugs.

  28. Daphne, The pie looks yummy! Thanks for linking to the Open House party and check out this weeks party for your pie featured.

  29. That pie looks delicious, Daphne! Lemon Meringue was the first pie I learned to make in school in Home Ec. I used to make it all the time. Davey Jones was one of my favorites, too! Also, David Cassidy. : )

  30. This pie looks so delicious! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe and the beautiful photos!

  31. this is one of my favorite things,Delicious. Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

  32. Daphne, the pie looks divine! Wish you were my neighbor. I think I'll try your recipe. Thank you for sharing the story of Ivy and Perry Como. We also grew up watching Perry Como. Our mom is Italian and she loved that he is as well. I think my father was quite jealous of him!
    Thanks for a lovely visit.
    Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest


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