“Oh, please don’t! We have come to tea with our cousin, and we’ll be as good as gold if you’ll let us stay, Aunty,” clamored the boys, who not only approved of “our cousin,” but had no mind to lose their tea, for Aunt Plenty’s name but feebly expressed her bountiful nature.
“Well dears, you can; only be quiet, and let Rose go and take her iron and be made tidy, and then we will see what we can find for supper,” said the old lady as she trotted away, followed by a volley of directions for the approaching feast. "Orange Marmalade" for me, Aunty.” “Plenty of "Sugar Plum Cake", please.” “Tell Debby to trot out the "Baked Pears" “I’m your man for lemon pie, ma’am.” “Do have fritters Rose will like ‘em.” “She’d rather have tarts, I know.”
When Rose came down, fifteen minutes later, with every curl smoothed and her most beruffled apron, she found the boys loafing about the long hall, and paused on the halfway landing to take an observation, for till now she had not really examined her new-found cousins.”
Excerpt from "Eight Cousins" by Louisa May Alcott
3 egg yolks (save whites for meringue)
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Graham cracker pie crust (Regular pie crust shown in photo, for this recipe a regular crust wouldn't work because the cooking time isn't long enough.)
1-2 tablespoons sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Seperate egg yolks/whites, set aside whites. Place yolks in medium size mixing bowl. Pour lemon juice over yolks, whisking, pour canned milk over both, whisking more. Add cornstarch, whisk until smooth. Pour into pie crust.
With electric mixer beat egg whites, add a dash of sugar occasionally, continue beating until firmly peaked. Gently add to top of pie. Add a few peaks by lifting the spoon quickly in center and/or wherever desired for a pleasing presentation.
Place in oven and bake until meringue is lightly toasted.
Serve immediately or cover and place in fridge for later.