Friday, May 18, 2012

LEMON MERINGUE PIE FOR TWO

Whether you are empty nesters, like us, or you only have a couple of people to cook for; "recipes for two" are great!! Not only do they eliminate the temptation for 2nd third helpings, but they are excellent for those times when you don't feel like eating the same full size dessert all week!! This recipe makes two perfect (single serving size) lemon meringue pies, one of picky-picky husbands favorites.

CRUST
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon  cold shortening (I use butter flavored)
1 tablespoon cold butter
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon cold water

Mix all of the dry ingredients in a small bowl; cut the cold shortening and butter into the dry ingredients until it is about "half of a pea" size. Stir in the cold water and mix into a ball (don't over work). Divide dough in half.

Any small oven proof dish will work for these little pies; I used my 10 ounce Pyrex custard cups.  Press the dough into the bottom and about half way up the sides of the custard cup. You can roll out the dough if you like, but I find it easier to just press the dough into place. Bake in preheated 425 oven for about 10 minutes or until light golden. Remove from oven and set aside.

LEMON FILLING
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon corn starch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold water
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten with fork   (save the egg white)
2 tablespoons FRESH lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter

In a small, heavy bottom, saucepan, mix the sugar, cornstarch and salt; whisk in the cold water,  until it is smooth.  Cook (stirring) on medium heat until thick and bubbly, then reduce heat and cook (and stir) for 2 minutes.

Slowly drizzle about half of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolk (whisking like crazy as you drizzle, so you don't get scrambled eggs). Once well whisked, put it all back into the saucepan and cook 2 more minutes at a gentle boil.

Remove from heat and add butter and lemon juice; mix thoroughly and pour into baked pie shells.

MERINGUE
1 egg white
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Using a GLASS bowl (never use plastic when whipping egg whites) and beaters that are totally free from any grease or oil; beat egg white and cream of tartar until you get soft peaks. Sprinkle in the vanilla and sugar (while the mixer is still running) and continue beating until you get stiff peaks.

Spread meringue onto hot filling. Put back into a preheated 350 oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the peaks of the meringue are golden.
After the meringue is cooked, let these little pies sit at room temperature for about an hour then chill them for at least 2 hours before serving. Once they are chilled, you can lift the pies out of their baking dish for a prettier presentation.

12 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I enjoy the "for two" recipes! The pies look great, love the way you piped the meringue:@)

Colleen said...

We're empty nesters, too so making meals, especially desserts can be a challenge sometimes. Wish desserts there's always way too much for us so I share with my neighbors :)

I love lemon meringue pie! Thanks for the smaller portion recipe :)

Donna said...

Coleen,THANKS for this recipe!!JUst took 2 out of the oven and they are perfect. So easy to make. I used 2-4 inch pie pans with no problem. Only change I made was to add some fresh lemon zest since I REALLY like lemon flavor. So happy to have a smaller recipe since I live alone. Thanks so much for sharing.Keep 'em coming friend. You made my day.

Peggy Clyde said...

You have such great ideas. I can almost taste that pie just looking at the pictures. Thanks again.

Pam said...

It looks beautiful and delicious.

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

That looks really good. I must try it lemon meringue pie. I've never had it!

Kathleen said...

I need to go buy some 10oz pyrex dishes! This looks perfect!

Mary said...

This really is such a great idea. It looks and sounds delicious. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

Reeni said...

I love the recipes for two! Someone in my house is on a diet and I hate tempting them with desserts. We could make these delicious little pies disappear real fast!

Judy said...

Great recipe, thanks for the measurements for a mini-dessert!

Laurie@Copycat Recipes said...

Thanks for the recipe. I remember way back when (almost 29 years ago) when I was dating my husband. His favorite dessert was lemon meringue pie. I tried making it for him for his birthday, but I was not a very experienced cook and had problems with the meringue.

Now, all these years later, this would be a fun recipe to make to "remember when."

betty r said...

Oh I do love my lemon pie..such neat small servings, I like that idea.