Challenged

 

I needed a challenge this weekend. Something multi -step with an incredible payoff at the end. Something to cheer up my family and celebrate our many blessings of work, health and friends. Pie! I mean who doesn’t like the idea of pie? Chiffon pie? Well I had the time, I just needed to see if I had the skills…are you ready for the challenge?

For my crust, I went a little crazy and used animal crackers instead of a classic graham cracker crust. Sometimes you need to live on the edge a bit.

Blueberry Lemon Chiffon Pie

The Usual Cast of Characters

1 ½ tablespoons ground arrowroot

2 tablespoons water

½ teaspoon salt

1 package unflavored gelatin

¼ cup orange juice

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

½ cup lemon juice

4 egg yolks

2 egg whites

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup confectioner’s sugar

¾ cup heavy cream

 

Steps to Glory

1. Combine blueberries, 1 cup of sugar, arrowroot, water and ¼ teaspoon salt in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cook until reduced by 1/2 , about 12-15 minutes.

2. Using a fine sieve to remove blueberries, pour into a bowl using a spoon to press all the juice. Pour sauce into the prepared pie crust and refrigerate.

3. Sprinkle gelatin evenly over orange in a bowl to soften.

4. In a metal mixing bowl, combine zests, lemon juice, remaining sugar, egg yolks, and remaining salt. Place bowl over a large pan of simmering water. DO NOT LET THE BOWL TOUCH THE WATER, and cook 4-5 minutes stirring consistently until it forms a soft custard. Remove from heat and add gelatin and vanilla. Stir to dissolve.

5. Refrigerate and stir often until it thickens about 25-30 minutes.

6. Beat egg whites until fluffy, add confectioners sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.

7. Beat heavy cream until stiff.

8. Gently add lemon mixture to egg whites. Gently add cream. Do not over mix

9. Spoon over blueberry sauce. Refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours.

10. Serve cold

This pie is best eaten on a front porch on a sunny afternoon, while talking to neighbors and admiring their dogs.

And maybe fly a kite!

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17 thoughts on “Challenged

    1. I agree. I’m trying to look at this time as an opportunity to explore a little bit. It is hard teaching from home and helping my Princess with first grade. We carve out time when we can.

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  1. The pie looks wonderful. I am not a baker. I like to cook, but have never enjoyed baking. Interesting how many people are baking up a storm during this Virus Shutdown. Flying a kite looks fun. Popped in from Flaunt it Friday, though for some reason I wasn’t able to add my link there, decided I’d have fun and do some blog visiting anyway.

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  2. Looks yummy! Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 12, open May 1 to 26. All entries shared if social media buttons are installed.

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