It’s my first morning home alone in almost a year… he’s been at work for just 40 minutes and I must admit it is going to take some getting used to! I am feeling so blessed. We get to stay in the City I have called home for more than eleven years – we have an accepted offer on a new home and the promise of nesting opportunities in the near future. I feel especially lucky that Mr. D has found a new place to hang his hat, a place where he can prove himself and in which he will make good use of his competitive nature. Life is looking better for us (thank goodness!) and it’s time to turn the bag of lemons we’ve been holding into sweeter things… Ingredients: For this pie, you’ll need pastry dough for a single crust pie. If you’re in a pinch or don’t want to deal with the mess of crust-making, I have found Pillsbury Pie Crust Roll-Ups (in the refrigerated section of the grocery store) to be my favorite pre-made crust. Alternatively, you can put together a nice graham cracker crumb crust in about 2 seconds flat.
2 cups Sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon cornmeal
1 Tablespoon flour
4 large eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
2 Tablespoons of freshly grated lemon zest
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
Method: Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, salt, flour and cornmeal. Whisk in the eggs, melted (cooled, you don’t want to cook the eggs or curdle the milk!) butter, milk, zest and lemon juice. Continue whisking together until the batter is smooth.
Pour filling into the shell and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Lower the temperature to 350 degrees and continue to bake until the batter is set and golden in color.
Remove and cool slightly before serving. Or, cool completely and serve the pie topped with fresh, in-season fruit. Take note: served warm or cool, the Lemon Chess Pie looks extra pretty if it is dusted with a coating of confectioners sugar.
These delicious pie images are from Southern Living‘s website, listed under quick and easy crumb crust pie recipes. You’ll notice that their Lemon Chess Pie Recipe isn’t much different from the one that my mom handed-down to me! The article is worth checking out because they’ve listed an additional 14 quick and cool pie recipes perfect for any Summer event. If you think about it, they’ve set you up for all the hot Summer weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day – plus few extra recipes to boot!