Friday, October 10, 2008

Old Southern Tea Room Lemon Icebox Pie

Note: I grew up in Vicksburg when the The Old Southern Tea Room was a place of southern charm. Little tiny biscuits. Steaming cups of gumbo.

Old Southern Tea Room Lemon Icebox Pie

1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
vanilla wafers
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
4 eggs, separated
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar

Combine vanilla wafer crumbs and butter; press into bottom of a lightly greased 9-inch pieplate. Line sides of pie plate with whole vanilla wafers; gently press into bottom layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cool.Combine milk, egg yolks, and lemon juice; mix well. Pour into prepared pieplate.beat egg whites (at room temperature) until foamy. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over filling, sealing to edge of piecrust. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until meringue is golden brown. Cool to room temperature. Chill. Yield: 1 9-inch pie.

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