Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Grandma's Table & Lemon Meringue Pie...

Grandmas are a gift...
I was very fortunate to have two wonderful Grandmother's. They both loved to cook, and they usually had on an apron over their house dress. The kitchen was were you could find them, most of the time. Cooking!
This is my Grandma Hacker, behind her is her kitchen table.
*( Sorry this picture is poor quality. It is a photo of a photocopy.)
I was given a gift this week from my Mother. A table. Not just any table, my Grandmother's kitchen table. This was my Mother's Mother.
"Thank You Mom!"
This table has lots of memories for me. When I was little, I used to sit at the table and study her trinkets and dishes stored above, on the shelves.
Or count the "wheat pennies" she had in a big jar. Count them and study them, over and over again.
Grandma's Kitchen Table
I am looking for chairs to blend with the table...
All the while, she was working around the kitchen. Quietly working. Sometimes the radio would be on, she loved to listen to the "Billy Graham" program or Lawrence Welk. She loved music! Always had music playing somewhere in the house. Although, I never really remember her singing, except at church. She was a quite and shy person, yet she loved to dance. My Grandparents loved to square dance or do the polka. On Saturdays the Hi-Fi stereo would play polka music and filter throughout the house. The curtains seemed to dance from the breeze, as the music trickled through the opened windows.
These Cows were among the trinkets on her shelf. The table cloth was hers too!
She made the BEST Lemon Meringue pie! I never wanted birthday cake, I wanted HER Lemon pie instead. 
This week and next, I am posting extra recipes due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.
See her recipe below.
I loved MY Grandma's Style... 
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Grandma's Recipe Box

Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie
  • 1 1/2 cups of Sugar
  • 5 1/3 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 1/3 tablespoons of lemon rind, grated 

Meringue Topping
  • 3 egg  whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon, Cream of Tartar
  • 6 tablespoons of Sugar

In a sauce pan mix; sugar, corn starch and gradually the water.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils.
Slowly stir egg yolks the mixture. Blend well. Boil for one minute longer, stirring constantly. Then remove from heat. Continue to stir.
Blend in butter, lemon juice and lemon rind. Blend well and pour into a baked pie shell. Set aside.
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy. Gradually and slowly, while beating, add sugar. Continue until mixture is stiff enough to hold peaks. 
Spread Meringue over the pie filling. Make sure to cover and seal all edges. This prevents shrinkage from the pie filling. Swirl or pull up peaks of Meringue for a decorative top.
Bake pie with meringue at 400 degree's for 8-10 minutes until Meringue is slightly browned. Cool slowly, away from drafts.
*When I was a young bride, I called Grandma for her recipe. I had to make my own birthday pie (we lived in another state). I asked her how she got the drops of honey on the peaks of meringue. She laughed and confessed she always baked her pies too long! So, I leave mine in the oven a touch longer too! Her Lemon Meringue Pies were always AWESOME!
Photo's by NeeCee@pine creek style
*Some photo's found on Google Images


Trish and Bonnie @ Uncommon said...

This looks wonderful! Would love for you to link it up at the "Home For The Holidays" party!

NeeCee said...

Thanks Girls! See you at Home for the Holidays party....NeeCee