Yesterday was a mostly gloomy day here weatherwise so there was just a bit of pottering. And a pie. Lemon meringue pie. Although I love lemony puddings and cakes, I can't remember the last time I made one of these.
It was certainly something we all had to make in Domestic Science at
school (finished with the obligatory bits of glace cherry and angelica, which we had to plonk on everything sweet I seem to remember)
but I must have had a go since.
I'd watched one of the Celebrity Masterchef episodes on Friday night (didn't recognise anyone apart from Christine Hamilton of all people) where each contestant had to produce a lemon meringue pie (Christine forgot to add the lemon juice) and I just fancied making one. The recipes I looked at seemed to use far too much sugar (lemon meringue pie has to have definite tang) so I dug out my dad's old recipe book and got stuck in.
I only had golden caster sugar in the cupboard but it didn't seem to make too much difference.
Not a good light for photographs but you get the idea. Crisp and buttery pastry base, tart lemon layer and squidgy meringue topping, all of which seemed to go down well with the two judges here. I can't help thinking I should have topped it off with glace cherries and angelica, though. Might have got me a house point.