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What a glorious day! Sunshine beaming through the French windows over glowing freshly picked lemons, chamomile tea and a delicious lemon meringue pie.

A touch of yellow for you my friends today. Yellow shines with happiness, enlightenment, joy, energy and sparks creative thoughts. A golden afternoon shared with you.

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Read on for this beautiful tangy luscious pie recipe and some more sunshine!

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My table was dabbled by antique cutlery, antique cookie cutters and tins, lace.

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Gold trimmed tea cups and plates:Maxwell & Williams Designer Homeware. This was a special edition: The twelve days of Christmas. The tea cup below is Five Golden Rings, and each plate has it script written on the rim of the plate. I served chamomile tea, relaxing, with this fragrant and flavoursome tea. Served with slices of juicy lemon rings.

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…a partridge in a pear tree.

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And English bone china pieces –Aynsley : Orchard Gold plate and urn.

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With the bountiful lemon tree overflowing with fresh lemons, I thought I would make the classic Lemon Meringue pie…LOL..this pie only uses three lemons! So does this put a dent in our supply of lemons…Answer, clearly no!

But, we all enjoyed this pie. The pastry is light,flaky and crisp. The lemon curd tart –sharp tasting and I used an Italian meringue…Ohhh how delicious! Italian meringue is divine, glossy whipped peaks of egg whites and hot sugar syrup, soft clouds of meringue that melts in your mouth at every bite.

Recipe: Lemon Meringue Pie:

Pie Base:

1 cup all purpose flour

20g icing sugar

75g canola spread

Preheat oven to 190°. To make the pastry, combine flour,icing sugar and canola spread in a food processor, or if you like doing it like I do, and sharing the love I use my hands, Working the mix until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add 2 tablespoons of water and mix until combined.

Sprinkle a little flour onto a sheet of baking powder and roll out dough to loosely line a 20cm flan tin. I then place in fridge for at least 5 minutes. Prick the base with a fork and bake in oven for 15  minutes until golden in colour. Set aside and allow to cool.

Lemon Curd Filling:

35g cornflour / cornstarch

2 tablespoons custard powder

2 tablespoons caster sugar

60 ml water

1/2 cup ( 125ml) lemon juice ( about 3 lemons)

2 egg yolks

Yvette’s Golden Tip:

Microwave lemons for 20 seconds, they’re easier to squeeze.

To make the filling, combine cornflour,custard powder and sugar in a small saucepan. Add water, stir until smooth, then stir in lemon juice. Place over medium heat, whisk until mixture boils and thickens. I added a little more water and adjusted the consistency. Remove from heat and stir in egg yolks. Spread mixture into pastry case and let cool.

I’d say the next time I make this pie I would consider doubling these amounts of the lemon curd filling.

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Now for the Italian Meringue, oh, I’m drooling just thinking about this topping. This type of meringue is already cooked, so you can leave the topping snow white or toast  in a high oven for about 5 minutes or use a blow torch to brown the textured peaks of the meringue.

Italian Meringue

150 g caster sugar

150 ml water

3 egg whites

pinch of cream of tartar

In a small saucepan add the water and sugar, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon bring to the boil until the sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium ,cook syrup for another 10 – 15 minutes. Bring syrup to ‘hard ball stage’. Sugar concentration 92%. For more ideal tips check this link out here.

Whisk the egg whites with the cream of tartar, until soft peaks form. Increase the mixer to high speed, gradually pour the hot syrup into meringue. Continue beating at medium speed until the mixture has cooled to room temperature , as the meringue goes from hot cooling to room temperature the meringue re-thickens and turns glossy. This will take anywhere up to 20 minutes. Golden meringue peaks in hot oven or with kitchen blow torch.

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I served this Lemon Meringue Pie on its own or complete it with a scoop of fresh cream or vanilla ice-cream.

So, an absolute delight  of a sunny golden sunshine afternoon. So happy you’ve joined me.

Linking to:

A Return to Loveliness @ A Delightsome Life

Martha’s @ Martha’s Favorites & Terri’s @ Artful Affirmations Tea Cup Tuesday

Sandi @Rose Chintz Cottage: Tea Time Tuesday

Wanda Lee @ Silken Purse & Pam @ Breath of Fresh Air: Teapot & Tea Things Tuesday

Lady Katherine: Tea Time Tuesday

Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen :Tuesday Tea for Two

 

Yvette…x

29 Comments

  1. I’d have to say it was delcious! However the next time I make this I intend doubling the tangy lemon curd and also the Italian meringue. x

  2. Hi Yvette,

    Your Lemon Meringue pie looks scrumptious! I also adore your Orchard urn – very pretty. Thank you for stopping to visit me. Have a great day!

  3. yummy lemon Meringue pie, love the photos, very artistic, i just bought lemon too yesterday and i just might try the recipe! thanks for dropping by my blog 🙂

  4. Good morning Yvette,
    Your photos capture everything just wonderfully! The lemons are so fresh and pretty! The pie looks amazing and the cup of tea looks so inviting. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us. Would love to join you for a cup. Wishing you a delightful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  5. Oh my, your pie does look just delicious! Your beautiful photos show off your lovely china and treat. The cups are very pretty! Thank you so much for sharing with us today.
    Hugs,
    Terri

  6. I have to say my mouth is watering reading your recipe and I loved the 5gold rings. lovely table decor to

    love Dawn xx

  7. What a Yummy and Delightful post! Oh My Goodness how I LOVE LEMONS and never pass on trying a new recipe. The Italian Meringue looks SO GOOD and I will definitely give it a try! Of Course this recipe will have Your Name in my Must Make File! OH How I wish I had a lemon tree!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us…
    Have a wonderful week,
    Hugs,
    Donna

  8. Nice pictures! Yellow is such a cheerful color and those lemons look so beautiful. Your tea and pie look delicious! Lovely tea post!

  9. I haven’t had lemon meringue pie in a very long time. It looks delicious with all your beautiful ornamental yellows! Blessings…

  10. Hello Yvette,
    This looks amazing – love the teacup – what a cool idea – based upon the 12 days of Christmas!
    Thank you for sharing your recipe!
    Thank you for sharing this with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

  11. What a beautiful pie!! I love lemon meringue, and this looks wonderful! I don’t think I’ve ever made Italian meringue before, and I’ve never thought about microwaving lemons to make them easier to squeeze. Learn something new everyday! Thanks! 🙂

  12. Lovely shots, only one snag. I now have Coldplay in my head!

    Look at the stars,
    Look how they shine for you,
    And everything you do,
    Yeah they were all yellow,

    I came along
    I wrote a song for you
    And all the things you do
    And it was called yellow

  13. Such gorgeous lemons…yellow and cheery. The pie looks absolutely scrumptious! I can almost taste it…and smell the fresh lemon scent.

    Enjoy the day,
    Marianne

  14. Hi Yvette
    All this lemony goodness has me wishing for pie.. and spring!! moving into winter my way…

    Thanks so much for your lovely comment my way.. and apologies for my tardiness.. internet and other issues making me slow these days..

    have a great weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

  15. Dear Yvette,

    What a pretty and yummy lemony tea post.., Oh my! Thanks for sharing the recipe also!

    ~ (I was out of the office, after last weeks tea’s for several days, so I’m much later getting by to visit than I would have preferred);

    ..,Yet I must say what pure delight it was to have you partake once again with TTTT and also with my 83rd, ‘Tuesday Tea For Two’!..,

    Thanks so very much for joining us and we look forward to hopefully having you join us once again in a few days; it’s always a pleasure!

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee
    @ http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com
    and also
    @ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com

  16. What a bright sunny way to start my day! I sooooo wish I had a lemon tree and I am a big fan of lemon curd! What deliciousness~ thanks for sharing this!

  17. Hi Yvette! There’s an award for you on my blog, if you want to check it out! 🙂

  18. Hi Yvette! Your photos are lovely and lemony! The pie looks delish, even if you would double the filling and topping next time. Love your dishes and displays, too. Hope you have had a wonderful month of May! Bess

  19. Hi ,I was browsing my friends spaces and came across your delightful space , thoroughly enjoyed your pics and writing
    Wishing you much love and happiness
    Ian aka Emu

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