Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lemon pie.... simply luscious!

Being able to attend cooking & baking classes at The Maya Kitchen..... for free!.... was one of the highlights of my 2011. Thanks to kind souls like Ms. Rory Subida and their tireless publicist Tess. I always make it a point to sit in the sessions once am invited because I love being busy in the kitchen (when the mood suits me!) and of course it provides fodder for this blog. Here's one recipe for lemon pie to try as demonstrated by Chef Kittin Zenarosa, the pastry lady behind The Cookbook Kitchen in Eastwood City.


Graham Pie Crust: (Do ahead )
6 tablespoons salted butter
1 ½ cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
¼ cup sugar

Lemon curd:
3 lemons (finely grated rind & lemon juice)
4 eggs
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 butter, chopped

1. Make Pie Crust: Mix all ingredients together and press firmly with hand or spoon onto an 8 or 9-inch round pie pan. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
2. Make lemon curd: Finely grate rind of 1 lemon. Juice all lemons. Whisk eggs and sugar together in a heatproof bowl until well combined. Add lemon rind and 2/3 cup lemon juice, whisking constantly until well combined. Place bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not allow base to touch water). Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 30 to 35 minutes or until thick and custard-like. Do not allow to boil. Remove from heat and whisk in butter.
3. Pour lemon curd into chilled pie crust. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

Up ahead: her recipe for moist chocolate cake. Yum!:)