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?
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.
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.