Friday, September 18, 2009

Orange Pie

Well, when I decide I must learn to do something, I am nothing if not persistent. I found a recipe for orange pie, and decided that my dearly beloved would greatly enjoy it. So, I made it. The original recipe, as presented by the Fannie Farmer cookbook, was absurdly small. Geez, even with the meringue, it barely filled the pie plate.
Undeterred, I tried again. This time, I greatly increased the quantities, changed the procedure, and, voila! Excellence! Despite the fact that it's so easy, I felt like a member of the "Pie Special Ed" class. You'll see why at the end.


ORANGE PIE


1 pie crust, baked (use store bought, or rolled out, or even my new found recipe)
5 eggs, separated
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup sugar
5 tbsp flour

1-1/2 cups orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract


In a 4 cup pyrex measuring cup or similar sized bowl, beat the egg yolks. Add 3/4 cup sugar, the flour, orange juice and lemon juice. Combine thoroughly. Microwave 5 to 6 minutes, stirring every minute or more often, until cooked and thickened. Pour into the baked pie shell. Meanwhile, beat the egg whites, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract until stiff. Spread the meringue on top of the filling, and bake at 425F for about 5 minutes, until the meringue is browned.

Note: Do not be a multi-tasking dumb**s like me. Set the microwave for 1 minute increments. That way, if you get stuck tending your meringue, bread, rice or chicken, your orange filling will not boil over into the inside of your microwave and give you another thing to clean. If you really, really want another thing to clean, well, ignore this note. Then you, too, can feel like a member of the "Pie Special Ed" class.

I also borrowed Paula's mother in law's idea for pie crust cookie chips. I just took the extra dough, rolled it out, plopped it on a baking sheet, topped it with sugar and cinnamon, cut into squares, and baked for a few minutes. (A few plain ones were set aside for Thor, of course.) The three boys took their cookie chips outside for lunch today, end enjoyed them. Than ks, Paula!

13 comments:

Paula said...

When my husband hears about this, I fear he will fall head over heels in love with you! That orange pie is a winner, and I love the pie crust cookies. Since the boys took them outside for lunch, I'm assuming that mother nature has issued you a reprieve? Regarding microwave mishaps, I boiled over some grits the other day on the first use RIGHT AFTER I had cleaned the microwave. I was not pleased.

A.Marie said...

Oh my...this absolutely looks delicious. My mother used to make us pie crust cookies; I haven't had those in years! YUM! :)

prairierunner said...

I can't say as I've ever heard of orange pie but I do have the Fanny Farmer cookbook so I'll look. I use my cookie cutters when I make pastry chips, especially when there are kids around.

Eternally Distracted said...

Arghhhh, every blog I have looked at this morning seems to have lovely looking food ... I am STARVING!!

Mickle in NZ said...

Orange Meringue Pie - just glorious, Marjie. I'm sure it didn't last long.

And super thanks, Marjie and Paula, for the pie crust cookie idea. Nom Nom!

veedogknitter said...

My mom makes those pie crust cookies, too!! I need to do it, but i am always too frantic in the kitchen to take time to roll them out.

buffalodick said...

Oranges, lemons, limes, citrusy desserts are always popular with ME!!
I've heard of orange pie, but never had it- but now I wish I could!

Anette said...

ah! that pie looks devine!

~~louise~~ said...

Orange Pie with meringue. It's bad enough I can't master a pie crust, do I dare attempt my fate at meringue? Okay, so perhaps pie crust cookies I could wing it. Any ideas for the meringue. Doesn't sound like a whipped cream kind of pie. Although...

As I eat my recently purchased box of Mallomars, I shutter at the though of using them for pie crust.

Your posts are awe inspiring Marjie. Thanks for sharing...

P.S. Have you ever heard of pie crust made out of rice?

Channon said...

Sissy and Gretchen would be very jealous of Thor's pie crust chips if not for Anita's treats. Maybe I could bake something for the Knight this afternoon, if ever I finish binding off the current shawl in progress...

Claire S. said...

My Dad's visiting this week and likes his dessert ! I may try out this pie on him.

I find alot of pie filling recipes seem to be sized for those small aluminum pie plates. You know, the ones you cut in half or quarters at the most, LOL ! You have to double those to use the nice, big, large family friendly, glass plates !

TavoLini said...

My grandma always did that with the pie crust scraps :)

Looks like a good pie--and thank you for suggesting to do one minute increments! Smart idea.

Jan Mader said...

My husband likes the pie crust scraps more than the pie.

My pies are few and far between. This looks yummy!