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.
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!