When life gives you blueberries, make LEMON MERINGUE PIE

Grandmother's lemon meringue pie

For some reason, the bushes in our neighborhood have been chock full of blueberries this year.  Loaded, for weeks on end.  At first there was a mad rush to fill our buckets before the neighbors picked them clean.  Unfortunately we picked some before their time, SOW-ER.  Then, they were beautiful and big, plump and ripe, sweet and delicious.  I gathered as much as I could, blueberry season being short, you know.  Then I took my granddaughter to gather with me.  Then I dragged my husband along.  We put handfuls of blueberries in our mouths on our cereal and atop our ice cream.  I made blueberry pancakes and blueberry smoothies.  I made blueberry crisp (4 times).  I found a Blueberry Buckle recipe on-line which was quite good, so I made a double batch to share with my neighbors.  I gave containers of berries to my friends who live in the city and froze blueberries in zip lock bags. My problem is that when I go for a walk, I pass those blessed bountiful bushes and I cannot walk on without stopping to gather.  I feel personally responsible for the berries that are shriveling up on the vine, sad that I ignored them until they passed their prime.  So, I’m still picking but suddenly craving my Grandmother’s lemon meringue pie.

Mamaw’s Lemon Meringue Pie

 

Ingredients

1 stick of butter

2 cups of sugar

6 eggs, (2 whole, 4 yolks)

1 tbsp flour

1 cup milk

3-4 lemons (1/2 cup juice)

2 pie shells (She made from scratch – I use frozen)

 

Cream butter, sugar and flour together.  Add 2 whole eggs and 4 yolks (save whites and set aside).  Add milk slowly, then lemon juice and grated rind.

Cook in unbaked shell at 400 * for 10 minutes and then at 350* until done (about 30 min. until custard is firm)

Cool and top with meringue

Meringue:

4 eggs whites

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cream of tartar (optional)

1/2 cup sugar

Beat eggs and salt until soft peaks form.  Add cream of tartar.  Add sugar gradually, 2 tbsp at a time and beat until stiff.  Spread over pie and bake at 400* for 10 minutes until lightly browned.  Delicious!

gathering blueberries

 

 

Meanwhile:  Anyone have any good blueberry recipes?

 

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4 thoughts on “When life gives you blueberries, make LEMON MERINGUE PIE

  1. We will gladly accept any blueberry donations :) Thanks for sharing this fun with my little girl and I think I inherited your urge to pick! I feel the same way when I see weeds! I even have to hold myself back from pulling weeds in the neighbors yards when I walk the dog. :) Wish I had blueberries instead of weeds to pick…. :)

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