Lemon Meringue Pie

Making a pie from scratch may sound intimidating. But it you look into the procedure and ingredients, they are very simple. You may prepare the crust ahead of time and refrigerate.

Ingredients:
For the pie crust:
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup butter, cold and cubed
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Lemon Curd Filling:
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoon all purpose flour
3 tablespoon cornstarch
1 1/2 cup water
1 lemon, juiced and zested
2 tablespoon butter
4 egg yolk

For the meringue:
4 egg whites
6 tablespoon granulated sugar

Procedures:
1. To prepare the crust, in a medium bowl, sift together the flour and confectioner’s sugar. Fold in the butter using a fork until mixture forms small crumbs. Stir in the egg and vanilla extract and mix until it forms a dough. If the mixture feels greasy, add some flour. Roll flat around 1/4 inch thick and to about an inch larger than pie plate. Fold carefully in half, lift to pie plate, and unfold. Press into pan. Trim edge with a small knife and pinch edges to form the desired design.Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes at 300 Fahrenheit. Remove from oven and set aside.

2. For the lemon curd, in a medium pan, whisk together the sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in water, lemon juice and lemon zest. Cook over medium-high heat while stirring frequently to avoid burning on the bottom, until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in butter. Place egg yolks in a small bowl and gradually whisk in 1/2 cup of hot sugar mixture. Whisk egg yolk mixture back into remaining sugar mixture. Bring to a boil and continue to cook while stirring constantly until thick. Remove from heat. Pour filling into baked pie crust.

3. To Make Meringue: In a large mixing bowl, whip egg whites using an electric mixer until foamy. Add sugar gradually, and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over pie making sure all edges of the pie is sealed.

4. Bake the pie in preheated oven at 350 Fahrenheit for 10 minutes or until the meringue is golden brown. Remove from oven and let it cool. Once cooled, refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. This is important to avoid a runny curd.

Lemon and Herb Chicken Thigh


Ingredients:
750 grams boneless chicken thigh, cut into serving pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil

Marinade:
1 lemon juice, juice
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Marinate chicken for at least 2 hours inside the fridge.

Part 2
1. Cover baking pan with aluminum foil.
2. Arrange chicken then drizzle with olive oil.
3. Bake in a preheated oven over 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes. Baste chicken occasionally.
4. Add more minutes to golden brown the chicken. (Optional)
5. Transfer chicken into serving plate then drizzle with remaining juice. Serve.

Lemon Zucchini Bread

Filipino Style Recipe: This recipe makes a moist zucchini bread. You may also opt to add some nuts for some crunch. Enjoy it with your coffee or tea.


Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini, juices squeezed out

Procedures:
1. In a bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
2. In another bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vegetable oil. Stir in yogurt, lemon zest and lemon juice. Gradually pour the flour mixture until just moistened.Fold in the grated zucchini.
3. Line 2 loaf pans with parchment paper. Pour the mixture to each of the loaf pans and bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 50-55 minutes or when a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean.
4. Open the oven and let it cool for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely. Slice, serve, and enjoy.

Honey Ginger Lemon Chicken Thigh

Ingredients:
500 grams chicken thigh fillet
6 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons soy Sauce
1 teaspoon Sesame oil
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste
chopped spring onions for garnishing
a bunch of bok choy, steamed

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, marinate chicken thigh in soy sauce and sesame oil for 30 minutes.
2. In a separate bowl, combine honey, ginger, lemon juice and water. Mix well.

Part 2
1. In a pan, heat oil then fry chicken until light brown.
2. Pour the sauce, salt and ground pepper then simmer until reduced and thickens. Turn off the heat.
3. Chop chicken thigh into serving pieces.
4. Serve as rice toppings together with steamed bok choy.
5. Drizzle with remaining sauce and sprinkle with spring onions. Serve hot immediately.

Lemon Detox Water

Filipino Style Recipe: Lemon Detox Water is a detoxification beverage helps flushing toxins out of the body and clear skin.

Ingredients:
2 liters water
1 lemon, slice
10 mint leaves

Procedures:
1. In a large jar, combine ingredients then refrigerate overnight.
2. Drink everyday.

Photo credit to www.topinspired.com

Lemon and Herb Fish Fillets

Filipino Style Recipe: Lemon and Herb Fish Fillets is a simple yet delicious dish made of fish fillets cooked in broth, lemon and herb.

Ingredients:
500 grams fish fillets, I used cream dory
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon shredded ginger
salt and pepper to taste
10 pieces green beans, trimmed and cut into 3 inches
1 small carrot, peeled and cut into 3 inches

Flour Mixture:
3 teaspoons flour
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon grind pepper

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a bowl, combine flour, basil, oregano and grind pepper until well blended.
2. Coat the fish evenly with flour mixture. Set aside.
3. In a bowl, combine broth, lemon juice and remaining flour mixture. Mix until blended.

Part 2
1. In a pan, melt butter then add vegetables, a dash of dried basil and salt. Stir fry until crisp and tender. Set aside.

Part 3.
1. In a same pan, add olive oil then cook fish for 2 minutes each side or until light brown.
2. Pour chicken broth mixture, ginger and cilantro, bring to boil then adjust seasoning according to taste.
3. Simmer until the sauce reduced and the fish is tender.
4. Transfer to serving plate then serve with stir fried vegetables.

Lemon Bars

Filipino Style Recipe:This pastry is a good contrast of sweet and tangy,and soft and crunchy. Lemon bar is best served with coffee or tea but you can also eat it on its own. Know the best part? The trimmings at the edges!

Ingredients:
For the crust:
Oil for greasing the pan
2 cups flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter, softened

For the filling:
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 lemons, juiced
lemon zest
1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar for garnish

Procedures:
Part 1
1. Grease 9 x 13 pan with oil,line the pan with aluminum foil and also grease the foil.
2. In a large bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Add the butter and blend until the dough comes together, about 1 minute.
3. Press the dough on the bottom of the greased pan making sure there are no cracks.
4. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees Farenheit for 20 minutes or until golden.

Part 2
1. In another bowl, combine the sugar,flour, eggs, and lemon juice and whisk until well blended. Add the lemon zest and mix.
2. Pour into the filling over the prepared crust and return to oven. Bake for additional 20 minutes in the preheated oven at 350 Farenheit.
3. Remove from oven and let it cool. Cut into 1 1/2 inch squares.
4. Put into the refrigerator until ready to serve. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.

Lemon Cupcake with Blackberry Frosting

Filipino Style Recipe: Lemon Cupcake with Blackberry Frosting is another delicious pastry made of lemon flavored cupcake with blackberry frosting on top. Best to serve with coffee or snack for kids.

Ingredients:
For the cupcakes:
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
5 tablespoon butter, softened
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
1 3/4 all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sour cream
1 lemon (lemon zest and lemon juice)

For the Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 pack (9oz) cream cheese, sliced into 6 pieces
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup blackberry jam or pie filling
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a mixing bowl, combine egg whites and cream of tartar and mix with hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
2. Using a stand mixer, mix the butter, vegetable oil, and sugar until well combined, around 3 minutes. Add the egg yolks and vanilla until well blended.
3.Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Alternate adding the sour cream and dry ingredients in 3 parts in to the butter mixture until just blended.Do not overmix. Fold in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and egg whites to the batter until evenly combined.
4. Fill cupcake liners until 1/2 full and bake into preheated oven at 350 farenheit for 15 -18 minutes or until toothpick inserted at the middle of cupcake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let it cool in rack.

Part 2
1. Using a stand mixer, cream together the butter, powdered sugar, and salt starting in slow speed for about 2 minutes then at medium to high speed until light and fluffy.
2. Add the cream cheese 1 slice at a time while continuously mixing. Add the blackberry jam and vanilla then mix until the berries are blended.
3. Pipe or simply scoop out the frosting on top of each cupcake. Make sure that the cupcakes are cooled before frosting. Serve.

Lemon and Mint Water

Filipino Style Recipe: Lemon and Mint Water is a refreshing and healthy drinks made of fresh mint, lemon and water. This drinks is an antioxidant and a great source of vitamin C ideal for those on diet. It helps the body to cleanse any toxins in the system and aids in weight loss.

Ingredients:
2 lemons, thinly sliced
fresh mint leaves
1 2/3 liters water
juice of one lemon
ice cubes
honey to taste (optional)

Procedures:
1. In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients then allow flavors to infuse inside the fridge for a few hours.
2. Serve chilled.

Lemon Cupcake

Filipino Style Recipe: The original recipe is for simple cupcake but I wanted to add some zing to it, thus the lemon. And guess what? my family raved about them. This cupcake is perfect with your favorite coffee or tea.

Estimated time of preparation: 20 minutes
Estimated time of baking: 18 minutes (plus preheating time)
Good for 16-18 medium cupcakes

Ingredients:
or the cupcakes
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
5 tablespoon butter, softened
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
1 3/4 all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sour cream
1 lemon (lemon zest and lemon juice)

Procedures:
Part 1
1. In a mixing bowl, combine egg whites and cream of tartar and mix with hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

2. Using a stand mixer, mix the butter, vegetable oil, and sugar until well combined, around 3 minutes. Add the egg yolks and vanilla until well blended.

3.Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Alternate adding the sour cream and dry ingredients in 3 parts in to the butter mixture until just blended.Do not overmix. Fold in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and egg whites to the batter until evenly combined.

4. Fill cupcake liners until 1/2 full and bake into preheated oven at 350 farenheit for 15 -18 minutes or until toothpick inserted at the middle of cupcake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let it cool in rack.