A Tale of Two Pies

For Father’s Day this year, I decided to show the two most important men in my life some love…by making them a pie. Not one pie to share; they each get their own pie. I made two pies because 1. Who doesn’t love a good pie to have all to themselves…and 2. They each have their own preferences when it comes to pie. Sooooo, that means you guys are getting a two for one! Two pie recipes in one blog post!

The pie that I chose to make for my Daddy is Lemon Meringue Pie, and before we can any further, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I’ve never made Lemon Meringue Pie before. I’ve made pie, and I’ve made meringue, but never Lemon Meringue. This could be a bit of a gamble, but I’m hopeful.

The recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie that I’m going to use is from Tricia Yearwood’s recipe from her show on Food Network. I’ve watched the episode where she makes this pie and it look simple and delicious. And I had most of the ingredients. Here’s a link to the recipe, but I’ll type it below.

For the crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar

For the filling:

  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 egg yolks (save the whites for the meringue)

For the meringue:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

As you can see, the ingredient list is pretty sparse, which is really nice. Sometimes pies can be intimidating and scary if the ingredient list in ten miles long.

I started by making the crust. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I used my food processor to do this, but you certainly don’t have to. Crush your graham crackers into crumbs, add the melted butter and sugar and give it a couple of pulses.

crust

Then pour it into the pie pan. Flatten and press it down with your hands, and then put it in the oven for 5-7 minutes.

On to the filling! In a mixing bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, lemon zest and juice. …And that’s it!

lemon filling

That’s all the ingredients in the filling. I know, I couldn’t believe it either! So since that took like two seconds, I just set it aside and went to work on the meringue.

lemon filling

Put those 3 egg whites and the cream of tartar into your mixer bowl, or in my case just a bowl, and start whipping them up.

egg white and cream of tartar

You want them to get to the “soft peak” stage. This is what mine looked like when I stopped to add the sugar. They looked soft to me; somewhat firm, not enough that the peaks stand up on their own.

soft peak stage

Now add in the sugar and continue whipping them until they reach the “stiff peak” stage. See, now they can stand up nice and tall all by themselves!

stiff peaks

By this time, my crust had come out of the oven and had been cooling on the counter. So I poured in the filling. Looking at the filling in the bowl, I was a bit nervous that it wasn’t going to be enough to fill up my crust. No worries though, it did!

pour the filling in the crust

Then I added the meringue on top and spread it over the top and sealed it on the sides of the crust/pie plate. You want it to have something to grab onto so it doesn’t shrink and pull away from the filling.

ready for the oven

So if I had to do this again, I would probably add another egg white or two to this meringue because I would have liked there to be a little more. I tried to make some pretty peaks on the top, but there just wasn’t that much. I like a lot of meringue. If you don’t, then the original recipe will be just fine!

I baked my pie for about 20 minutes, until the top and sides were golden brown.

looking tasty

Not a bad looking pie if I do say so myself!

So there is one pie…ready for another?? That one wasn’t hard, but this next one is even easier!

For my husband, the decision of what kind of pie to make was a no brainer….peanut butter. The man loves himself some peanut butter…and chocolate. Which is why this is a Peanut Butter Pie..with a chocolate graham cracker crust. I found this recipe on Pinterest, but it is from Pioneer Woman. As far as recipes go, she’s a pretty reliable source for me. Here’s the ingredients you’ll need!

For the crust:

*the original recipe calls for sandwich cookies, like oreos. However, I didn’t have any so I used chocolate graham crackers instead. This recipe is the same as the graham cracker crust I used for the other pie.

  • 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar

For the filling:

  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 (8oz) package of cream cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar
  • **I added a splash of vanilla, but it’s not in the recipe
  • 1 (8oz) container of whipped topping

I made the crust first, because I wanted it to have time to cool while I was making the filling. I used my food processor to crush the crackers and the added the melted butter and sugar. Pulsed a few times and dumped it into my pie plate. Bake for 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees and then let it cool.

chocolate crust

ready for the filling

To make the filling, I added the peanut butter and cream cheese to a bowl and beat them until they were nice and fluffy.

pb and cream cheese

nice and fluffy

Then I added the powdered sugar and the splash of vanilla.

adding the sugar and vanilla

When it was time to add the whipped topping I put about a third of it in first and used my mixer to incorporate it. I did this just to lighten the mixer up a bit before adding the rest.

adding some whip cream

When I added the rest of it, I just used my spatula to carefully fold it in.

finished filling

The poured it into my pie crust.

ready to chill

This is a no-bake pie, so once the filling is in the crust, all it has to do is chill in the fridge for a bit, and it’s ready to eat! This pie is perfect for summer because you don’t have to turn on your oven! 🙂

When I got ready to serve this, I took the liberty of adding some whipped cream and mini chocolate chips. I thought it looked a little plain and needed some fancying up! 🙂 …Only to be demolished when Cameron cut it.

peanut butter pie

peanut butter pie

I took the Lemon Meringue to my parent’s house on Father’s Day, and my Dad was gracious enough to share with everyone! My sister-law- also made a delicious cake so there was plenty of dessert to go around!

lemon meringue pie

The verdict on the Lemon pie was an A! I thought the lemon flavor was just right and the texture was really nice. I actually like the switch up of a graham cracker crust instead of the traditional pie crust. I still think there needed to be more meringue, but what was there was tasty! So thanks Trisha for not letting me down! 🙂

As for the peanut butter pie, I didn’t really have any worries, but Cameron thought it was delicious! However, I’m pretty sure he’s never met anything peanut butter that he didn’t like! 😉

Ultimately the Father’s Day Pie weekend was a success! Both men loved their pies, and I loved baking for them! I really love making desserts for people to enjoy..but especially for the people I love! 🙂

three generations

 

my loves

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