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Oh My Lemon Pie

Everyone ate the pie before I could take a picture. It's that good.

When I’m having friends over for dinner, I always feel like I’m always running around and end up throwing something together at the last minute that looks like a lame gooned-out afterthought. This pie can be in the oven in five minutes and uses ingredients that you always have on hand. I made this last night and one of the guests raved that it was the best dessert that he has eaten all year. The goons have spoken!

The original recipe came from www.food52.com where they blended the ingredients with an entire Meyer lemon – skin, seeds and all. I had a hard time getting my hands on a Meyer lemon, so I initially tried this recipe with a plain old organic lemon but it came out seriously bitter with chunks of pith. I tweaked the recipe to use a standard lemon (more juice, less rind), and it was sweet perfection.  Tastes like a lemon bar pie.  Serve it with a few sprigs of mint and vanilla ice cream, or try it with a shortbread cookie crust. My mom thought it would be nice with toasted coconut on top and coconut ice cream. Enjoy!

Oh My Lemon Pie

– 1 prepared pie crust
– 2 lemons, juiced
– 1 thick lemon slice
– 1 teaspoon lemon zest
– 1.5 cups of sugar
– 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 1-2 pinches of salt
– 1 stick of butter
– 4 eggs

Preheat oven to 350. Add all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth (about one minute). Pour into prepared pie crust and bake 40 minutes, or until lightly brown on top. That’s it!

Goons Eat Dessert Too

I realize that I have yet to post any dessert recipes or pictures.  Dessert can be a great way to keep goons from going up for third helpings.  It’s also a nice thing to bring as a gift before eating other goons out of house and home.

So we have been watching Master Chef over the last few weeks, and it’s been fun to see home cooks make all sorts of basic dishes that I’ve never attempted before.  In order to determine whether I could be Master Chef worthy, I’ve been tasking myself with making things outside of my comfort zone.  Last week they made Lemon Meringue Pies in a two hour pressure challenge, and I just had to give it a whirl.  They looked amah-maz-ing on TV and did not seem to be THAT hard.

Cooks Illustrated is my favorite place to start for new recipes in general, but particularly for desserts.There are too many ingredients and techniques in this recipe to post the whole thing, but basically, you make the crust, make the lemon custard, and top it off with the meringue.

After three hours of using every piece of baking equipment in the house, the pie was good but not THAT good.  Everyone licked their plates, but was it worth it?

It was definitely the prettiest dessert I’ve ever made, but I would have freaked if someone went for the pie-in-the-face trick.