What do you do with lemons?
As the great former baseball player and manager Yogi Berra said, "Cut my pie into four slices, I don't think I can eat eight."
As Easter is upon us, we might think about what to serve to our loved ones. Do we cook a ham or something altogether different like beef or lamb? I have to admit friends, my thoughts like Yogi Berra's turn to sweets, pies to be exact.
I wanted to share with you a recipe for a delicious Lemon Icebox Pie. It's is worthy of a spot on my table and I wanted to pass it along so you might use it on yours.The recipe comes from my late grandmother Inez, or as my sister and I called her "Nini."
We'd visit in the sweltering heat of a Tupelo, Mississippi summer. Elvis' birthplace.(My mother went to junior high with him. Since he was a year older, she never met him, his picture is in her yearbook which is very neat.To this day, she's still a huge Elvis fan).
But I digress, back to this lemony wonder. My Nini would whip up this delectable pie and we'd sit and rock on the patio swing after dinner as the fireflies danced in the cooling air. She always made enough for everyone to enjoy, Mr. Berra would probably have asked for seconds had he been there.
Inez's Lemon Icebox Pie
1 Graham cracker pie shell (Homemade or store bought)
3 eggs (separate the yolks and whites)
1 Can Sweetened condensed milk (go ahead and splurge it's Easter)
In a mixing bowl pour the sweetened condensed milk, and egg yolks. Beat until combined. Add the lemon juice into the mixture making sure to continuously beat so they do not curdle. (The juice also cooks the eggs so the pie doesn't need to be baked). Pour the mixture into the cooled pie shell and put it in the refrigerator for an hour to set.
Beat egg whites during the last five minutes until stiff, pour onto cold pie and smooth out the top. (You can take a cold spoon and place it into the meringue and pull up the spoon to create stiff peaks on the top). Put your finished pie under the broiler until the meringue lightly browns. Place back in the refrigerator to cool. Slice and enjoy.
I hope you have a wonderful time with your friends and family celebrating our Savior's resurrection.
He is Risen!