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Miss 9’s Lemon Meringue Pie


Miss 9 is, well, nine.  She can read.  And she’s adventurous.

Today, when we came in from tramping in the woods she said, “Guess what I’m going to make?”

I couldn’t guess.

“Lemon meringue pie.”  She showed me the recipe, assured me that she would not be making a crust, that she know how to separate yolks from whites, and that she understood the directions.

So I left the kitchen, because I’ve learned that is important.  I did see, however, that she was separating egg yolks from whites with her hands; to my surprise it works very well, and I succeeded in not saying anything negative.

When I ventured back, she told me she’d gotten teaspoons and tablespoons mixed up so had to throw out the first try.  Oh well.

She tried again, microwaving the sugar and cornstarch mixture.  Then she had to add the egg yolks…but first she microwaved them.  Oops!

At that point I got called in as a serious helper.  Actually, I was called in tearfully to take over, but that’s not how things work around here. 

So we added the sugar that had been forgotten.  I ate the scrambled lemony egg yolks.  We checked the recipe and separated some more yolks from whites—the traditional way this time.

Miss 14 told us to microwave the lemon filling some more, so we did.

Together we slipped the filling into a glass pie plate. (Crustless pies work for us.)

Then Miss 9 whipped up the meringue while I cleaned up.  And 15 minutes later, there was the pie!

Miss 9 looked at it and said happily, “Yay me!”

A beautiful pie, a happy girl, and lots of learning, for both of us.

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  1. Jenn4him says:

    Yay! It looks beautiful, too. That is the best way to learn, jumping right in!

  2. JoAnn says:

    That is so great, and it looks great too. So glad you all worked together and got it accomplished. 🙂

  3. […] Time with Annie Kate describes Miss 9′s Lemon Meringue Pie. The process of trying; independence; a few tears; but ultimate […]

  4. What an amazing learning experience! And I love the idea of crustless pies! Visiting from Hip Homeschool Moms 🙂

  5. briana says:

    Yum! And very pretty. I think I’ve only made meringue once and it didn’t turn out well. I need to try again!

  6. What a GREAT parenting moment1! Good for you for knowing when to be there and when to not be there. And YUM!

  7. Beth says:

    It’s hard to stand back and let them try and possibly fail. But it seems you were able to take a hands off approach and then it turned out to be a family affair–the best of both worlds! Thanks for sharing, Annie Kate!

  8. I love Lemon Meringue pie, I have lovely childhood memories of my Mom making it from the lemons in our orchard. Yummy!!

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