McKenzie's Lemon Meringue Pie
My husband and his family are all from New Orleans. My father-on-law is coming to visit and has requested that I make him a Lemon Meringue Pie. He always mentions McKenzie's, but I know it's long gone. Anyone out there that might have their recipe or one similar to theirs?
Not McKenzie's, but similar:
Mix 1 cup sugar, 3 tbs. corn starch, pinch salt.
Stir in 3 large egg yolks, 1 cup cold water, zest of 1 lemon, juice of 2 large lemons (3 small)
Cook over slow heat until thickened, stirring constantly.
Pour into pre-baked pie shell (homemade is best, but Mrs. Smith's works just fine), cover with saran wrap and let cool for at least 1/2 hour.
Whip egg whites with 1 tbs. sugar until stiff, cover pie and bake in 400 oven til lightly browned.
(Alternative meringue: whip egg whites with 1 tbs. sugar and 1 tsp. cream of tartar until shiny smooth, not stiff. Also nice to add a drop of almond extract - only one! This is more like the McKenzie's meringue, but I like the stiff one.
Just wanted you to know that Tastee Donuts on West Esplanade in Metairie is doing some McKenzie products - not the lemon meringue pie yet - although I keep asking. But they are doing the McKenzie original king cake and it is as delicious as I remember. They are also doing some other products - jelly rolls, petit fours, etc. I did try the recipe above and it is good, I need to work on the meringue - I missed it but with practice, it should be pretty close.