Going Back to My Roots

Going Back to My Roots

This week my goal was to bake something that I am familiar with to adequately gage my current skills set. The first thing that came to mind was to make my great-grandma’s apple pie.

My Inspiration

While growing up, every August the women in my family would go to the farm for the weekend to make pies and do some canning. It was always a really special experience for me and I hold onto those memories. In the weekend we would make about 120 apple pies because those were everyone’s favorite. When we were done baking and canning everything, my great-grandma would finish the rest herself over the last little bit of the summer. Then when we all went back to the farm for Thanksgiving, every family would go through the baking and canning and take home laundry baskets full of all the delicious goods.

Considering how many pies we would make, I know my grandma’s recipe off by heart. However, its one of those recipes where you keep on adding stuff till it tastes and looks right.

After I decided I wanted to make apple pie, I went through my pantry and realized I did not have any apples, but I did have lemon pie filling. So, I decided to make lemon meringue pie. Since I had packaged lemon pie filling, I only made the pie crust from memory.



My grandma’s pie crust recipe is as simple as it gets as long as you know what it is suppose to look like.


2 Cups All Purpose Flour

2/3 Cups Shortening


1/2 Tsp Salt


Combine flour and shortening in a bowl. Mix with clean hands and add more flour or shortening until you get a smooth ball of dough. Do not over work the dough.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll the dough out on a flat surface to the size of your pie plate. Gently set the dough in your pie plate and cut the excess. Bake the crust in the oven until golden brown. Let cool on the counter.

Lemon & Meringue Filling

I used Dr. Oetker’s pie filling to make the pie. The original recipe can be found here.


2 Eggs

1/4 Cups Sugar

1/3 Cups Cold Water

1 Package Shirriff Lemon Pie Filling & Dessert Mix

2 Cups Boiling Water

1 Tbsp Butter



Separate 2 fresh eggs; put two egg yolks aside into a saucepan and egg whites into mixing bowl.

Beat 2 fresh egg whites on medium until soft peaks form (30 sec).

Gradually beat in 1/4 cup sugar. Beat on high until stiff peaks form (approx. 2 mins).

Lemon Filling

In a saucepan with 2 slightly beaten egg yolks, add 1/3 cup (83 mL) cold water, stir, then add pouch contents, and whisk until smooth.

Add in 2 cups (500 mL) hot water and mix well.

Cook over medium high heat, stirring continuously (approx. 15 min). When bubbles first break the surface, continue to boil and stir for 30 sec. Remove from stove top, and stir in 1 tbsp. (15 mL) butter.

Lemon Pie

Cool 5 min., stirring twice. Product will continue to thicken as it cools.

Pour the lemon pie filling into baked, cooled 9” (23 cm) pie shell. Top pie with meringue to the edges while filling is still hot.

Bake at 425°F (180°C) 5-7 min. or until golden. Cool on counter for 3 hours before serving.



The pie turned out to be really good. I do not think I would make it again, but that is just because I do not like lemon meringue pie very much. The filling was great and the crust did a good job of counteracting the sweetness of the filling.

What would I do differently?

  1. I would make an apple pie instead of lemon meringue pie (just because I like apple pie better).
  2. I would roll out the crust to be thinner. I would also add a little bit of salt in the crust next time.
  3. If I made a lemon meringue pie again, I would let the filling set longer. My family and I ended up eating it too soon because my dad was pestering me every few minutes, asking if he could eat it yet.

Family Critiques

“Delicious!” – Bailey Wenger

“It’s good kiddo!” – Amanda Wenger

“The filling is good but, I wish the crust was a little more flaky.” – Loralei Linklater

4 thoughts on “Going Back to My Roots

  1. Hi Jordan,
    I loved reading the little inspiration story you started your post off with; it added a lot of sentiment to your post! I also liked how you added a collage of photos to demonstrate the process – it looked like a lot of fun to make and the final result looked delicious! The “what would I do differently?” and “family critiques” sections were a great addition – made me smile! Thanks for sharing (I hope to see your apple pie sometime)!

  2. Hi Jordan, I enjoyed reading your blog. I love lemon meringue. I had the opportunity to make pie with my grandpa over the winter break. His pie crust recipe includes soda/pop which he believes makes the crust to be flaky.
    What is your favourite food to bake/cook?

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