Thursday, December 6, 2012

Magic Lemon Merinque Pie

Seriously guys, this is the perfect pie to whip up and take with you all to those holiday parties/dinners when you don't want to show up empty handed.  This pie is so simple to make and you only need a few ingredients!  I made it to take to my friend's house for Thanksgiving Dinner, and of course it was a hit! Try it, you'll love it and so will everyone else!

Adapted from Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood-She's country y'all.  You know the gal can cook!

Graham Crack Pie Crust
 -1 1/2 cups fine graham cracker crumbs
 -1/2 cup sugar
 -1/4 cup butter, melted

 -1 can (14 0z.) sweetened condensed milk
 -1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (I used about 2 1/2 lemons)
 -1 tsp. grated lemon zest
 -3 large egg yolks (save the whites for the meringue)

 -3 large egg whites
 -1/4 tsp cream of tartar
 -1/4 cup sugar

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
2. For the crust: In a mixing bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs and sugar until combined. Stir in the melted butter. Press the mixture firmly into a 9-inch pie plate.
3. For the filling: In a medium bowl, mix the condensed milk, lemon juice, zest and egg yolks.  Pour the mixture into the crust.

4. For the meringue: Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, then add the sugar and whip until peaks are stiff.
5. Spread the meringue over the pie and seal to the edge of the crust.
6. Bake until the meringue browns slightly, 15 to 20 minutes. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
7. ENJOY!!!!