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March 26, 2009
The Perfect Lemon & Lemon Cream Pie
Isn’t it amazing the way God created the lemon?
I love the freshness, zippiness and invigorating flavor. I really love to cook with lemons, and I always keep them on hand in my kitchen fruit bowl.
I also love how vibrant lemons are.Â
And someday when we remodel our kitchen, I am thinking about painting the walls yellow. There are so many beautiful shades of yellow – I can’t wait until the time to pick out the color.
But in the meantime, let me show you what’s happening
yellow-wise around my house!
Freshly clipped forsythias on my front porch
Dollar store bunch on my hutch
Daffodils picked just today
Lemons hand-picked by a special lady
When my Dad called from vacation to say my step mom was picking lemons – I begged them to bring me some. And that they did – a big brown bag full of Arizona-perfect lemons!
My first thought was to make a Lemon Cream Pie,Â
just like myÂ Aunt Lois used to make.Â
I have fond memories of dipping my finger into the whipped cream at my Auntie’s house. Â Oh, and that would be a Sour Cream Lemon Pie, which has a mellower, creamier taste.
This pie is nice and tart, but also has the perfectÂ
amount of sweetness to it.
Lemon Cream Pie
1/4 cup corn starch
3 T. water
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups water
2 T. butter
9 T. lemon juice
3 egg yolks
2 T. milk
1 (8 inch) baked pie shell
1 cup sour cream
1 pint whipping cream, whipped
Dissolve cornstarch in 3 T cold water. Â In a sauce pan mix sugar, water and butter. Â Cook over low heat until sugar dissolves. Â Add cornstarch mixture and cook until clear (about 8 minutes), stirring occasionally. Â Add lemon juice and cook for 2 minutes. Â Mix egg yolks with milk and add to saucepan. Â Cook over low heat until mixture boils, stirring occasionally. Â Cool.
Pour 1/2 mixture into pie shell and refrigerate.
Add sour cream to the other half of the mixture. Â Spread over the top of the first half. Â Refrigerate.
Â Â Top with whipped cream before serving.
Thank you Ginny, for the lemons.Â
And thank you Ginny for the hugs. I appreciate my step mom a lot. She was a gift to my Dad almost 12 years ago.
(Ginny hugging my daughter at her violin performance earlier this year.)
Also, I’m curious if you’ve heard of OrangeLimes? Â
Visit my friend Linda T, here, and read all about them!
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