Gluten Free Lemon Meringue Pie

lemon meringue pie
This past thanksgiving my Nana decided to try a gluten free version of her famous lemon meringue pie recipe. This was my absolute favorite dessert growing up, and the gluten free version did not disappoint! It was SO GOOD I literally sat down and ate about 1/4 of the pie straight from the pie dish by myself (evidenced in the photo below). Because it looked so delicious, a lot of folks asked for the recipe….

So I have to be honest here, when I called her up for the recipe, prepared to take copious notes for you all, her response was “I’m not sure off hand – I just follows the directions on the container for Durkee Lemon Meringue Pie Filling”. WHAT!? Lies, my whole life has been lies.  The good news – Durkee has a fairly easy recipe to follow, and you’ll never have to look up the recipe if you’re using their brand.

Ingredients: 

– 3 Tbsp. sugar
– 2 eggs (yolks for filling, whites for meringue)
– 1 package lemon pie filling (I use Durkee)
– 2-1/2 cups water
– 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
– 1/4 cup sugar
– Pie crust

Directions:

Pie Crust: (pictured below)

I recommend either the Whole Foods pre-made gluten free pie crust or Pillsbury Gluten Free Pie and Pastry Filling Dough.
Because this is a pie served cool, bake the empty pie crust at 375 for 10 minutes or so, until the top edges are veryyy slightly browned.

Filling:

– Get out your medium sized sauce pan: Combine filing mix, 3 Tbsp. sugar,  1 egg and 2-1/2 cups water; stirring until smooth.
– Cook over Medium heat, stirring constantly, until pudding comes to a boil: boil 2 minutes. (Pudding will thicken upon cooling)
– Pour into pie crust (which has already been baked) and place in the fridge to chill.

Meringue: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

– Beat 2 large egg whites and 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar with electric mixer until soft peaks form.
– Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, beating at high speed until sugar is dissolved and stiff, glossy peaks form.
– Immediately spread meringue over hot pie filling, carefully sealing meringue to edge of pie.
– Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until meringue is golden. Cook on a wire rack if you can – and then cover and store in refrigerator to cool before serving.

Enjoy!

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Halloween – Gluten Free Macaroons


Oh man, I am so excited for Halloween!  Can’t wait to start making these spooky treats. These are not your typical puffy pastel macaroon, but this is a family macaroon recipe that has always been gluten-free… and it is also super simple, fun to make, and most importantly… it’s delicious!

Ingredients:

-1 package shredded coconut (5 1/3rd cups)
-2/3rds cup sugar
-¼ tsp. salt
-1 tsp. almond extract
-4 egg whites

Toppings:
Chocolate Chips
Sliced Almonds


Directions:

– Mix all your ingredients together
– Once your ingredients are all mixed, start making ghosts!
– The batter doesn’t spread too much when it’s baked, so shape them just slightly smaller than you want in the end. I use roughly a golf ball of batter for each, about as much as you can pick up with an overfilled melon baller. Shape them into cone like ghosts, with a flat bottom, and rounded top
– Cook on 325° for 20 minutes, or until edges begin to brown
– They will be gooey when you take them out, so quickly put in (gluten free) chocolate chips upside down as eyes, and gently push in a sliced almond as a screaming ghost mouth
– Refrigerate before eating – they will turn chewy and delicious!

Crumbs Bakery opens an entirely gluten free shop

Crumbs GlutenFreeCrumbs bakery has opened an entirely gluten free shop in NYC! So, basically… I have to move to NYC now.

They’ve been open for less than a week, and the bakery offers  “the same cupcakes, cookies, brownies and pastries that the brand is known for in gluten-free versions. This new assortment is baked at a completely gluten and peanut-free bakery and delivered fresh daily to the store. In addition to the cupcakes and pastries for which Crumbs Bake shop is famous, Crumbs Gluten Free will also offer gluten-free breads, quiches, pies, tarts and more“.

If you’ve never heard of crumbs, their cupcakes are supposed to be amazing… although I have never been able to try one myself. Looking forward to changing that soon.

crumbs cupcakes