I love following “Art of the Pie”, the beautiful, useful blog my friend Kate McDermott bakes up from Pie Cottage out in the great Northwest. Kate not only knows everything about pie-making, not only creates gorgeous, varied pies and pastries: she shares her infinite knowledge, wisdom, and experience with the whole wide world, on her blog, in feature stories, on television, and in hands-on classes all around the country. (And maybe the world — she’d be the best Pie Ambassador anyone could want.)
Her recent post, “The Queen of Lemon Meringue Pie”, caught my attention in the middle of a particularly busy week, when I had not a speck of time for anything not on my To-Do List. I loved the photo, I loved what she said about the recipe (a family heirloom, made with love and sweet memories of her grandmother), and I loved the vivid, heartwarming reminder she gave me of family reunions in my North Carolina childhood, and my own grandmothers, two fantastic enthusiastic cooks now gone on to the Kitchen in the Sky).
I had everything I needed in the house, and next thing I knew I had printed out Kate’s recipe for The Queen of Lemon Meringue Pie, and made it before the day even got hot. This was when our air conditioning was broken, so it was hot, just not THAT HOT, and it was so worth it. I used only the three egg whites I had left from making the lemon filling, rather than adding two extra egg whites as called for in the recipe, so my meringue is not as lofty as it would have been had I done so; but it was fantastic, beautiful, and a delight for our family and some friends.
Here is the recipe.
I hope you enjoy it, and I think you will love signing up to follow Kate’s blog, Art of the Pie. If you can ever make to one of her classes, you will be glad you did so. Oh: and about my connection to Kate? The McDermott name we share? We are not related, not directly — but we are absolutely positively Sisters in Pie!