When Life Gives You Lemons….

Heck with just making lemonade. Find someone who has vodka and have a party. 😛 I believe it was Ron White who said that. Don’t care much for the man but I like the sentiment. Though being the weirdo that I am, I’d probably forgo the party and add the lemons to the vodka with some sugar, let it steep for months and make Limoncello. Then sit back with a good book and have a drink. THAT’S a party!

Wow… I’m old. And boring.

Oh well… youth and excitement wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. 🙂 My teen years, my twenties, even my early thirties, I was so unsure of myself or my importance in the scheme of things and so sure that “omg, I’m nothing! I haven’t discovered a cure for cancer… I can’t even get my son potty trained! I’m a failure!” was the way life would always be. I was fat, not very pretty, insecure and convinced that the world hated me. Now I’m middle aged, fat, not very pretty, still insecure at times (though it’s amazing what age does to that too) and not too worried about whether or not the world hates me hehehe. So long as I have my family, friends and all the people who actually seem to like to read my ramblings (hmmm, same thing as the friends really isn’t it? :-)  )  I think I’m doing pretty good, even on the bad days. They happen… we muddle through them and move on, hopefully a little wiser. So remember that all you young pups. The best years really ARE yet to come.

Damn. This post proves it. I really AM old and boring. *grins*. Love me anyway? 😛

Yesterday, I told you that today’s pie would be a lemon one. Bet you’re expecting lemon meringue or something like that. Nahhhhhhh. Much as I love it, that one is everywhere. So how about a Lemon Souffle Pie? Yep… Lemon Souffle Pie. I have been making this for years (again.. you have GOT to get yourself a copy of The Fanny Farmer Baking Book) and this is one I have not changed a bit. It is fantastic just the way Miss Farmer created it. This tastes just like what the name suggests. Basically because it IS just what the name suggests; just in a pie shell. It is light and fluffy and lemony and so darn easy it’s embarrassing. It has enough sweetness to be very satisfying but is light enough to be good served after a heavy meal (like Thanksgiving or Christmas…or even Easter) for those who want something but don’t want too much or maybe prefer something not chocolate (I know… weird people everywhere huh?). So give this a try. C’monnnnn …. don’t let the word souffle scare you off.

Lemon Souffle Pie

  • 1 unbaked nine inch pie crust
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (takes about 2 lemons for that much)
  • zest from one lemon
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Prick pie shell over with a fork. Line it with foil and bake at 425 for 6 minutes. Remove the foil and then bake again until it is just lightly browned; about ten minutes.
  3. Reduce your heat to 325.
  4. Put your egg yolks in the top part of a double boiler (I have also done this part in the microwave on 60% power, stirring after every minute. But be careful to keep an eye on it and stir often if you do it that way.). Add the lemon juice, zest, salt, hot water and 3/4 cup of the sugar. Beat the mixture over boiling water until thickened. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  5. In a medium bowl, beat your egg whites & the remaining sugar until stiff moist peaks form.
  6. Pour the cooled lemon mixture into the egg whites until no streaks of white remain. Remember; FOLD… don’t stir. You don’t want to deflate your whites.
  7. Pour the mixture into the pie shell. Write mildly obscene words in the filling with a knife.  Make pretty swirls on top of the filling.
  8. Bake at 325 until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
  9. Let cool on a rack. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. Or just hold the pie pan really close to you with a spoon and growl at anyone who gets too near.

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21 thoughts on “When Life Gives You Lemons….

  1. Lemon meringue or lemon souffle in this case was always my favorite UNTIL…I ate so much, it literally made me ill. I felt like the dog that gets into the candy bowl and eats all the chocolates then has to go to the vet. I love the look of lemon meringue but struggle to get through it now. Still, don’t give up on me yet because it happens to be my father and one of my hubby’s faves. I’ll have to put your recipe to the test. 🙂

  2. Looks very pretty, but so far I haven’t encountered a lemon meringue/souffle pie that did it for me yet. I don’t know… maybe it’s because I’ve only had store-bought versions. Is there a mini-version of this recipe for a trial run? 😉

  3. FANTASTIC! …and I love you anyway! This pie looks absolutely amazing and I’m going to check into that book!

    Love, Love, LOVE the directions you crossed out! I usually make hearts and write Honey Bunny’s name in this type of pie…but I gotta say….I like the way you think!

    I guess if you’re thinking you’re old – and we’re twins – that would make me old, too. *sigh* dang it.

  4. Okay three things:
    1- You are not old and boring. Cuz if you are then so am I!
    2- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I think you’re slamming!!
    3-Can I come over? I’ll even bring my own spoon!!!

  5. How I would love a slice of this billowy citrusy pie! You did a great job on the presentation of the slice also-yum!
    Everyone has flaws and they are what makes you you, so celebrate them because without them it would be too wierd. I mean, really, who wants to hang out with boring and perfect Barbi. Perhaps being perfect is Barbi’s flaw.

  6. The pie looks wonderful! Keep the ramblings coming. There are others of us that haven’t found a cure for cancer either and really enjoy what you have to say 🙂 And cook!!

  7. Well I don’t have lemons, but I have wine? We can totally find someone with sugar and make sangria! It’s amazing what a little aging does. I used to be worried what people thought and was so self conscious. I learned a few things along the way and now it really doesn’t bother me. 🙂

    This pie looks delicious! I am a little intimidated by the word “souffle” but if nothing else I’ll have a funny story to tell! LOL @ step #7…

  8. What a superb pie. It’s light, sweet, tangy….everything a lemon pie should be.

    Frankly, I am liking life in my 40s. Like you, I don’t seem to care what strangers think anymore as long as I have my family and friends and blogging buddies.

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