Monday, May 4, 2009

Beautiful Barbara's Brazilian Lemon Pie


73.  Let me tell you about "Beautiful Barbara!"  We met two years ago, she had just arrived in the US from Brazil and was just beginning her new job as an Au Pair.  She didn't speak or understand much English.  We smiled and shook hands.  I noticed her beautiful long curly black hair and beautiful brown eyes.   Not only was Barbara beautiful on the outside...I found she was even more beautiful on the inside!  To tell you all the special times we shared would take up many pages.  Before Barbara returned to her homeland, she brightened our lives, befriended many and brought so much joy to our hearts!  (Barbara you get 1000 points for that!)

One evening, my daughter brought home a gift from Barbara, it was a pie!  In Brazil, limes are considered  green lemons, so she called it a Lemon Pie.  It was soooooo delicious.  Ever since we had this pie, I have wanted the recipe.  Barbara shared it with me last week...from Brazil...on-line through MSN calling.  So here is her recipe with an embellished new name.

Beautiful Barbara's Brazilian Lemon Pie

Crust:
1 cup flour
1 egg
1 Tblsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
8 Tblsp butter
water

Blend flour, egg, sugar, baking powder and butter together till crumbly.  Add enough water till dough comes together and forms a ball.  Press into bottom and up sides of a removable bottom tart pan.  Lightly cover pan with tinfoil and use pie weights or beans to weigh down the crust.  Bake 350º for 20 minutes.  Remove tinfoil and pie weights and return to oven till crust is light brown.

Filling:

2 cans condensed milk
7 "green" lemons, (limes), juiced
1 pkg plain gelatin, using only half the packet

Blend together the milk, juice and add half the packet of gelatin till incorporated.  Pour into cooled crust and refrigerate.

Topping:
4 egg whites
1 Tblsp sugar

Beat egg whites in a mixer with the wisk attachment slowing pouring the sugar in a constant stream.  Blend till stiff peaks form.  Spread meringue over set filling.  Place under broiler till peaks turn light brown.  

Garnish:

zest one lime and sprinkle over top of pie.  Chill.
Delicious!!  This pie is very similar to a Key Lime Pie.  You will enjoy it.  You can always substitute the meringue for Whipped Cream for a richer taste.

  Barbara é meu amigo bonito!

"If instead of a gem, or even a flower, 
we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, 
that would be giving as the angels give."
  ~George MacDonald

1 comment:

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

This sounds so good...I'm going to try it...

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