I haven't made one of these in a long time. My husband loves them. Youngest daughter won't eat a bite. I had a hankering for the taste of lemon meringue pie yesterday so I spent a happy hour puttering in the kitchen.
On the spur of the moment I called our son and his wife and they joined us for dinner. Lemon pie is his favourite as well. His wife doesn't like it, so she joined youngest daughter in having a scoop of red raspberry sherbet instead.
I tried making pastry the oil method. It worked well although the pastry doesn't hold together very well. But the pie...oh the gentle lemon pucker, smooth texture, marshmallowy meringue - it all combined into a wonderful experience.
I don't use a packaged lemon filling, but the recipe from Betty Crocker's red covered cookbook that I got as a bride 31 years ago. The page is stained signifying the amount of use it's received. Freshly squeezed lemon juice, eggs, sugar, cornstarch and water is all it takes.