I love pie. They are so tasty and gorgeous. But I hate making them. Hate. It. Mine may taste good but won’t win any beauty pageant awards. Sometimes, they look pretty mangled, like a little kid made them or a wild animal ravaged it. Pies are my mortal enemy in the kitchen. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I lack great pie-making skills, although I am a master at eating them.
When I was going through my recipes for an Easter dessert, this pie caught my eye. Given my lack of pie-making skills, I regretfully filed it away, thinking I should focus on something more tried and true. And something that will also look good. I can still enjoy an ugly pie myself, but it’s hard to take good pictures of something that looks inedible, even if it tastes delicious.
But this pie … this pie with its tart, lemony custard … kept calling my name.
Tanya, oh Tanya … why are you ignoring me? Please make me. I am delicious.
I kept coming back, again and again. Finally, I had enough and decided to make it, although I cheated just a little bit. My pie struggles mainly deal with the crust. It’s either undercooked, overcooked or a mangled mess. Because I wanted this to look as pretty as it tasted, I used a pre-made frozen crust.
I don’t feel an ounce of guilt either.
Some day I will master pie crust. But today is not that day and I accept that!
And yes, my pie-cutting and serving skills are on par with my pie-making skills. Pies: thy mortal enemy. But oh, so tasty! Do not let these less than gorgeous photos deter you. This pie is amazing!
This pie is actually very easy to make, if you use a pre-made frozen crust or are a master pie crust maker and let someone other than me serve it. 🙂 The lemon custard has just the perfect amount of bite — your lips pucker and your nose scrunches up a bit, just as it should. This pie will be a huge hit on Easter or any time you make it.
P.S. For those of you thinking a pie is a little calorie-heavy for someone trying to get healthy, you’re not wrong. But I’m trying to balance, not eliminate completely. So one piece of pie is acceptable. The rest was frozen. 🙂