Grandma’s Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Mirenge

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  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 lemons, juiced and zested
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked
  • 4 egg whites
  • 6 tablespoons white sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. To Make Lemon Filling: In a medium saucepan, whisk together 1 cup sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in water, lemon juice and lemon zest. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in butter. Place egg yolks in a small bowl and gradually whisk in 1/2 cup of hot sugar mixture. Whisk egg yolk mixture back into remaining sugar mixture. Bring to a boil and continue to cook while stirring constantly until thick. Remove from heat. Pour filling into baked pastry shell.
  3. To Make Meringue: In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites until foamy. Add sugar gradually, and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over pie, sealing the edges at the crust.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until meringue is golden brown.

Oatmeal With Blueberries, Sunflower Seeds, and Agave


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  • 1 serving quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar

How to Make It

Step 1: Prepare the oats according to the package directions.

Step 2:  Top with the blueberries and sunflower seeds. Drizzle with the agave nectar.

Honey-Bourbon Toddy

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  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 6 tablespoons bourbon or Apple Bourbon (see below for recipe)
  • 2 3×1/2′ strips lemon peel
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  • Stir honey and water in a 2-cup measuring cup until honey dissolves. Add bourbon (or better yet, Apple Bourbon, in which case you’ll use 1 Tbsp. honey). Divide between 2 Toddy glasses. Twist a strip of lemon peel over each drink, then add to glass. Stir each with a cinnamon stick and serve.

  • To make Apple Bourbon, combine a 750-ml bottle of bourbon, 4 cored, sliced Fuji apples, and 4 cinnamon sticks in a pitcher. Cover; chill for 3 days. Strain and sip of use in recipe above.

Strawberry and Apricot Crisp with Pine-Nut Crumble

Strawberry Apricot Crisp w/Pine Nut Crumble-served w/Strawberry Ice Cream A130124 MSL Mother's Day Lunch May 2013

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  • 1/2 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for baking dish
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 ounces pine nuts, toasted (1/3 cup)


  • 4 apricots, pitted and cut into sixths (about 2 cups)
  • 12 ounces strawberries (about 15), hulled and halved, or quartered if large (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt


  • 1 pint strawberry ice cream


  1. Combine all crumble ingredients in a medium bowl and massage together with your fingers until butter is incorporated and mixture forms small clumps. Refrigerate until mixture is cold, at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 1/2-inch shallow round baking dish or pie plate. Combine all filling ingredients in another medium bowl. Transfer to baking dish and top with crumble. Bake until bubbling in center and crumble is browned, about 40 minutes. Let cool at least 20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream.

Fresh Pea Soup with Ham

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  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 small fennel bulb—thick stalk discarded, bulb thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen peas (1 pound), thawed
  • 1/2 cup diced smoked ham hock (from one 11-ounce ham hock) or smoky ham
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • Pea tendrils or baby arugula, for garnish

How to Make It

Step 1

In a large pot, melt the butter. Add the fennel, onion and garlic and season with salt. Cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the vegetables are tender but not browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the milk and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the peas and simmer until tender, 7 to 8 minutes.

Step 2

Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender. Strain it through a fine sieve set over a large bowl. Season with salt.

Step 3

In a small bowl, combine the ham with the shallot, chives, olive oil and sherry vinegar. Spoon the ham salad into the center of 4 bowls. Ladle the warm soup into the bowls, garnish with the pea tendrils and serve immediately.

Classic Cream Puffs

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  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 large eggs
  • No-Fuss Pastry Cream


  1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2.  In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine butter, sugar, salt and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil and quickly stir in the flour with a wooden spoon. Continue to stir until a film forms on the bottom of the pan.
  3.  Remove from heat and transfer contents to a bowl to cool slightly, about 3 minutes. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, stirring vigorously to entirely incorporate egg after each addition.
  4.  For the egg wash, whisk together the remaining egg with 1 tablespoon water. Set aside.
  5.  Transfer the pate a choux to a large pastry bag fitted with a 5/8-inch plain tip. Pipe 1-1/2-inch rounds onto each prepared pan. Gently smooth the pointed peaks with a moistened finger, rounding tops to ensure even rising. Brush tops with reserved egg wash. Bake until puffs rise and are golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Puffs can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 day.
  6.  Transfer pastry cream to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/8-inch plain round tip. Insert the tip into the opening of each pastry, and pipe to fill with pastry cream. Serve immediately.

Krembo: A Passover Dessert from Breads Bakery


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Coconut Macaroons (for the base)
120g egg whites (from 4 medium eggs)
230g granulated sugar (1 cup + 2 tablespoons)
210g finely shredded unsweetened coconut (2½ cups, packed)
30g apricot jam (2 tablespoons)

1. Whisk the sugar and egg whites together in a medium-sized bowl. Set the bowl on top of a pot of water over medium heat to create a Bain Marie. Heat the mixture, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove bowl from heat.

2. Fold the coconut and apricot jam into the egg white mixture until fully combined. Cover the surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. Using your hands, roll the coconut batter into 50 small balls, approximately 1 heaping teaspoon (about 12 grams) in size, and arrange them on a sheet pan 2 inches apart. Wet your fingers slightly and flatten each ball to create a disk approximately 1¾” in diameter and ¼”thick.

4. Bake the macaroons at 380 degrees F for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown.

5. Allow the macaroons to cool. Freeze for 30 minutes. The macaroon bases can be made up to three days in advance.

Italian Meringue (for the filling)
150g egg whites (from 5 medium eggs)
1 pinch of salt
260g granulated sugar (1 1/3 cups)
80mL water
120g glucose (¼ cup + 1 tablespoon)

1. Combine the sugar, water and glucose in a very clean pot and place over medium heat. Monitor the temperature with a candy thermometer.

2. Put the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and set aside.

3. When the syrup reaches 220 degrees F, start to whip the egg whites and salt on medium speed until they form stiff peaks.

4. When the syrup reaches 243 degrees F, keep the mixer on medium speed and slowly pour the hot syrup down the side of the mixing bowl into the egg whites, being careful not to hit the whisk.Turn the mixer to high speed and whisk until the bowl no longer feels warm to the touch.

5. Divide the meringue evenly into 3 bowls, one for each flavor. Follow the recipes below to make each flavor meringue. Fold the additions into the meringue just enough that they are evenly incorporated. Don’t overmix.

8. Spoon the meringues into a piping bag fitted with a 1” round tip.


Raspberry White Chocolate Pistachio
Fold into Meringue:
15 grams freeze-dried raspberries, crumbled
250g white chocolate
20g sunflower/grapeseed oil
Freeze-dried raspberries and ground pistachios

Fold into Meringue:
Seeds from half of a vanilla bean (cut bean lengthwise and scrape seeds out with knife)
250g dark chocolate
15g sunflower/grapeseed oil
Gold leaf

Fold into Meringue:
2g (20 pieces) coffee beans, roasted and ground finely
10g dark chocolate (bittersweet), chopped
250g milk chocolate
10g sunflower/grapeseed oil
Chopped roasted coffee beans and chocolate

For the Glazes:
1. Put the chocolate in a high, narrow microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 20 seconds. Take out and stir; microwave for 10 more seconds.
2. Repeat 4-5 times until the chocolate is melted (do not overheat).
3. Add the oil and mix until combined.

To Assemble:
1. Pipe the meringue on top of the macaroons in three mounds, descending in size. The bottom (and largest) mound should be even with the sides of the macaroon (see first image below). Place the macaroons in the freezer for five minutes so that the meringue sets.

2. Holding the cookie from the macaroon base, dip the meringue into its corresponding flavor of chocolate, making sure the chocolate covers the meringue completely (see second image below).

3. Before the chocolate sets, garnish with the above items.