Lemon Meringue Pie


I’m turning 25 on Sunday, yes a quarter CENTURY old.  How did that happen?  Where did the time go? What does this mean?

Since I was 7 I would tell my mom “I can’t wait til I’m an adult.  Then you can’t tell me what to do and I can do WHATEVER I WANT!”  Boy, how I wish I could take those words back.  Being an adult isn’t all that it’s cut out to be.  Frankly, it’s stressful and partially confusing.   What happened to those wonderful days of allowances, despite the early curfews, those were really cool.  What happened to free room and board, what’s with this having to pay rent business?

All that time I was trying so hard to grow up, I finally get here and I realize “Hey this kind of sucks.”  These things called “bills” start to appear, and then taxes and insurance, mortgage payments, so on and so on.  Before I knew it, I had responsibilities and priorities, why isn’t there a disclaimer for adulthood?

Though I just hopped on the adulthood bandwagon, this little voice inside of me is freaking out.  When you tell people “I’m 25” there are expectations!  By this time, people expect you to have your life in order (kind of).   My mother told me “You don’t get any more birthday or Christmas presents once you turn 25, you’re too old for that.” UHM WHAT? Before I know it, it’ll be time for kids, wrinkles, and cellulite, and probably in that order.

Okay with all jokes aside, growing up is actually pretty exciting– I’m getting married next year, I’m moving into our first home in a few months, and I finally figured out the route I wanted to go for my career.  All very good things that I am extremely fortunate for, maybe turning 25 isn’t that bad after all.

I decided to make this Lemon Meringue Pie, because I found some beautiful lemons at the store and well, it’s my birthday week, I eat what I want 🙂 I found this recipe on Epicurious, it was printed in an 1995 issue of Gourmet Magazine (r.i.p.)

For shell

  • 1 recipe Pastry Dough for a single-crust 9- to 10-inch pie
  • raw rice or pie weights for weighting shell

For filling

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest

33 responses to “Lemon Meringue Pie

  1. Joy, you gorgeous girl you!!! Love your pics and Happy Birthday my friend!!!!

  2. Yum. Also? The fact that your list goes “kids, wrinkles, THEN cellulite” makes me think that you don’t have cellulite yet. In which case… I hate you! :p

    Your meringue looks sooo delicious. Please come over and bake me one?

  3. You made me laugh with your description of getting old! I don’t think you will be wrinkly, cellulity and old :o) – not even your grandma is like that :o) Great pie, can I have a slice?

  4. yeah you could indulge it’s your birthday (week) then eat what you want, do what you want hahahah… life is beautiful joy and you make it more beautiful with your art and keen for beauty! at 25? oh life is just about to begin and I think you are starting off pretty well, i mean you’re getting married (my best wishes and Im enjoying your beautiful pics esp on FB) just bought a house… and hopefully you’ll have little joy running around it too… and a career you really love….. what else is there to look for.. you have found the recipe for LIFE!

    meanwhile let’s enjoy the lemon meringue pie… mmm such a sweet life!

  5. Apparently, you are too young to think about getting old! I did try to keep reminding myself that before I have kid. Cos once you have kids, you know you are really old as you look at them and wonder how much more energy you can squeeze out yourself for them.
    Happy birthday!

  6. Haha…Joy, you think too far too fast! At my age, at least older than you, I don’t think that way. I think it adds more wrinkles…haha. The more I look at a wrinkle, it seems to spread and get deeper 😦 Smile first and then look at the mirror. In that way, I only see my sweet smiles and not the wrinkles 😀

    You have an exciting life ahead of you…marriage, kids, career, kids grow up and then you’ll find yourself shake legs 😀 Have fun!

    Love your lemon meringue pie…mmmm.

  7. Would love a slice of this pie and you look wonderful~

  8. Oh Joy! You’re so beautiful in those pictures and Happy Birthday.
    Your lemon meringue pie looks so yummmy…

  9. OMG, oh your wedding photos are truly stunning especially the first one! I hope you can see my wedding photo too, which taken 20 years back but still very well kept. And I have to agree with Silvia! So, NO WORRIES! You going to look beautiful on your wedding day! ^_^ Almost forgot about your lemon mringue pie! haha… It looks perfect as always! Oh Joy, thank you so much for sharing your wedding photos. I can’t wait to see more! Btw, how many pictures were taken? Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
    Cheers, Kristy

  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, JOY! Wishing you many more happy returns.
    So, what’s your birthday wish???? hehe…. Enjoy and have lots of fun, food & laughter!
    Best wishes,
    Kristy

  11. EEEE love y’all’s photos! (Which I already expressed on FB, but whatevs.)

    “Since I was 7 I would tell my mom “I can’t wait til I’m an adult. Then you can’t tell me what to do and I can do WHATEVER I WANT!” Boy, how I wish I could take those words back. Being an adult isn’t all that it’s cut out to be.”

    HAHAHA ME TOO. Sigh.

  12. I’m turning 28 on Sunday 🙂
    I like this recipe. Life haven’t got me lemons, but I have plenty of egg whites 🙂
    Happy birthday 🙂
    Beautiful photos and best wishes from Poland 🙂

  13. Beautiful pictures and a wonderful looking Pie!

  14. I love the pictures. They are beautiful. I love the anything lemon and lemon meringue is one of my favorites.

  15. Beautiful photos! lovely looking Lemon Meringue pie (YUM!!) and congrats on hitting 25!

    You’re definitely on the right track and way ahead of me when I hit that number a couple years ago!

  16. Lemon meringue pie is definitely on my to-do list of things to try! Your pictures are lovely!

  17. Hi Joy! 🙂

    It’s been a while since I’ve been here last..Happy Birthday, you look gorgeous ( your honey too) and very happy..

    Your lemon meringue pie looks very tempting.. yummy-yum! 🙂

  18. Mm, your pie sounds amazing! I love lemon in desserts, it gives it a nice sourness in combination with the sweetness.

  19. Your lemon meringue pie looks beautiful, congratulations and happy birthday!

  20. Look delicious. I have so many lemons left on my tree I might give this recipe a try. Very creative photos. I really like them a lot!

    • Thank you Bao!! You have a lemon tree??? My mom just gave us one for our new house but this year we only have ONE lemon 😦 aw man…hopefully more will come next year!

  21. Your lemon meringue pie looks delicious!! This is one of the things I want to try but I’m intimidated by the meringue part…
    Joy, your wedding pictures are soooo beautiful!!

    • Thank you Reiko!! The meringue part is a lil tricky, but seeing that you make beautiful food all the time you will be able to learn it very quickly 🙂 Thanks again for the kind words

  22. What gorgeous photos!! You two look so happy! This pie looks amazing as well. Happy birthday!! I wish I were still in my 20s. Appreciate every moment of youth.

    • Memoria, thank you so much for your kind words and birthday wishes 🙂 I am trying to hang on to every single day of my youth, at least I know I will always be a kid at heart!

  23. Wonderful pictures! My mother and my aunt made lemon meringue pie. It brings back wonderful memories.

  24. The photos are beautiful.

  25. so my sister made a lemon meringue today (not yours) and her meringue separated from the crust or maybe a better way to describe it would be to say it shrunk. Any suggestions on how to not have this happen? maybe it was her formula?

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