Okay, I did not actually get to eat a piece of this pie, because I made it for a church function. BUT, I did taste the "meringue" with a mandarin orange........YUM!!! Wow, this pie does taste like an orange julius. I followed the recipe to a "T" except I left out the zest and used large can (15 oz.) of mandarin oranges instead. If you use these, make sure you drain them WELL. Not just over the sink, but dump them on paper towels after that. The reason being you don't want the juice from the slivers to soak the pie crust. It would fall apart when you tried to cut it. Also, when cooking the egg/orange juice mixture over the stove, really do stir the entire time, because you have to watch carefully.....if you dont remove it at the right moment, it will be either too liquidy or you will end up with scrambled eggs. You could also save time and cost by using a storebought container of whipped cream instead of whipping it yourself........but I am partial to that "fresh" whipped taste. The presentation of this pie is awesome. Little mandarin oranges scattered across the top of the meringue, with a layer underneath you cannot see until you slice. I wish I could be at this function to hear peoples reviews, but I will definitely make this pie again for the family!
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Okay, I did not actually get to eat a piece of this pie, because I made it for a church...