And so the meyer lemon marathon goes on. If your new to this story, I was given a bag of Meyer lemons from a friendand they've lasted me longer than I thought they would. So far I've made lemon and blackberry scones, lemon panna cotta and this lemon pucker pie and I still have four left! I was all ready to make lemon bars this morning but after seeing a tweet about today being National Pie Day the decision was made for me, lemon meringue pie.
Well the decision was made for about two minutes because after searching through "The Pie And Pastry Bible" by Rose Levy Beranbaum (an awesome pie cook book) I saw the recipe for this pucker pie. It was the word pucker that caught my eye, I like my citrus desserts to be really tart and give me a good pucker and who doesn't like that word, pucker..pucker..pucker.The difference between this pie and an original lemon meringue pieis that the meringue is folded into the lemon curd and then baked as opposed to the meringue sitting on top of the curd like the more traditional pie.
I must admit to giving this recipe a raised eyebrow after reading through it and even more so when it cam out of the oven. I wasn't sure how well it would cut or if it would just sink and be a runny mess. It just didn't seem like it was going to have any foundation like a regular pie. Sometimes I over think recipesbut I needn't have worried about this puckered up pie. Once it had cooled for just over an hour I cut a slice for the photographs and it was awesome inside. Easy to cut, no sinking and no running and the taste was indeed nice and puckery, I was well happy.
The ingredients are simple and I even used a store bought pie shell, heck the author even states that a good brand of commercial lemon curd can be used (11oz jar will be perfect) I chose to make my own curd though, come on, with all of those amazing Meyer's it would be criminal not too but making the curd is definitely the most tedious part.As I said before, I have four lemons left and lemon bars are one of my favorite treats so I think those will be next although I just had a craving for a lemon martini, any good ideas?