A few weeks ago, while I was browsing through my twitter page, Irene mentioned that she was just going to have a slice of her homemade lemon pie. Since we had exchanged a few tweets about how her family used to own Zaharoplasteía (patisserie or confection shop to you and me) I was highly interested! The thought of the zaharoplasteía and the fact I had a big bag of lemons made me promptly ask for the recipe. Which she very kindly gave me!
It turned out that it was not an ancient recipe from the family recipe book but rather one from the TV show Nistikoí Práktores! ('Starving Special Agents' to you and me). Even though it wasn't an old family recipe, it tasted excellent!
I hereby call it twitteropita, since that's how I came about the recipe! It's actually a very simple recipe and you can easily make it into a lemon meringue pie if that's what you fancy!
Here's the recipe. Thanks, Irene, and of course the 'special agents'! It didn't last long!
For the pastry:
Pinch of salt
For the filling:
Rind and juice of two lemons
75g butter, melted
20g corn flour
Put all the pastry ingredients into a mixer bowl and mix until pastry comes away from the sides of the bowl.
Chill for 30 minutes.
Roll out the pastry and line the base and sides of a 24cm wide dish. Prick with a fork.
Beat the eggs and sugar, add the melted butter and beat until well combined.
Combine a little of the lemon juice with the corn flour, then add to the egg mixture with the rest of the lemon juice and rind.
Pour over the base.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 30'-40'. If it starts to brown too much, cover loosely with foil and then remove just before the end.
If liked cover with meringue topping and bake it for a few more seconds in a very hot oven, or you could add whipped cream.
Notes: I found the pastry harder to roll after chilling, so I think the next time I'd roll it and put it in the dish and then chill it. Also, I'd lower the temperature slightly because my oven seemed a bit too hot on 180°C with the fan on.