Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lemon Meringue Pie

My husbands absolute favorite dessert is lemon meringue pie, since changing our diets about 10 months ago he hasn't had it! I wanted to surprise him by making a healthified version for his birthday and it turned out really good. This was my first ever attempt at making  pie crust so it's not pretty but it tasted just fine. Please know that this recipe is a treat, I don't consider it healthy really. Mainly it's just less harmful to your body then the previous version we used to make. It's fun to have a special treat on a special occasion!

 Crust:
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1/2 teaspoon sea salt
-1/3 cup coconut oil
-3-4 tablespoons of cold water

Mix flour and salt together; cut in coconut oil with pastry blender or fork till pieces are the size of small peas. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon water at a time over part of mixture.  Gently toss with fork; push to side of bowl.  Form into a ball.  Flatten on lightly floured surface by pressing with edge of hand.  Sprinkle lightly with extra flour.  Roll from center to edge between two sheets of waxed paper till 1/8 inch thick, then press into pie pan.
 Bake at 350 for 10 min, set aside (it will go back into the oven with the filling later on)

Lemon Filling 
BOIL:
-1 cup evaporated cane juice crystals
-1 1/2 cups water
-1/2 teaspoons salt

COMBINE:
-1/2 cup arrowroot powder
-1/3 cup water
add to boiling mixture and stir constantly. Cook until thick and clear, remove from heat

COMBINE:
-1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
-4 organic egg yolks (save whites for meringue)
Stir into thickened mixture, return to heat and cook, stirring until mixture bubbles again, remove from heat.

STIR IN:
-3 tablespoons coconut oil
-1 teaspoon grated lemon peel


Meringue:
-1/4 teaspoon sea salt
-4 organic egg whites
-1/2 cup evaporated cane juice crystals

Combine the salt and egg whites into a bowl and beat with beater until frothy, gradually add cane juice crystals, continually beating until stiff peaks are formed (takes about 10 minutes I would guess) Stir two rounded tablespoons into lemon filling and then add lemon filling on top of the pie crust and top with the meringue. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes or until meringue is light brown. Cool at least 1 hour before cutting. Keep in fridge. 

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