There are not hundreds of them. It’s not like you meet them everyday when you’re travelling. But there are people with hearts of gold. And there are angels. One day I’ll write about them. But for this week, to honour the angels in my life, and people I’ve met with hearts of gold, here is a favourite family recipe.
Like angels, this is simple and just little bit different – heavenly and sure to be memorable.
Preheat the oven to 275ºF. Line a small pizza pan with parchment paper.
4 eggs separated
1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup of whipping cream
1/3 cup icing sugar
Combine egg whites and cream of tarter in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric beater until soft peaks form. SLOWLY beat in 1 cup of sugar and continue beating the egg whites until the peaks are stiff and shiny. Spread the mixture on the parchment paper, lining the pizza pan, to make about a ten-inch round base. Bake for an hour or until very lightly brown and firm to touch. Cool. This is your base. Don’t worry if the meringue is cracked or falls apart, just push it back together.
The Lemon Custard.
In a small saucepan beat the egg yolks until they are pale yellow and thick. SLOWLY beat in the rest of the sugar (i.e. ½ cup) Add the lemon juice. Cook over medium heat STIRRING CONSTANTLY until the mixture thickens. This is your lemon custard.
Spread the lemon custard on the cooked meringue shell. Whip the cream, adding icing sugar to taste (I hardly add any sugar to the whipping cream.) Spread over the top and decorate, as you like, perhaps with a couple of thin lemon slices or two or three strawberries. Keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve it. I place it on a pretty serving dish, and cut it at the table.
Best wishes for a peaceful holiday season.
Artwork by Ava
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Delicious. Just the time of year to make pie for angels.