Preheat oven to 350F. Beat the yolks of eggs until very smooth. Beat the yolks a long time. Add grated rind of one lemon and sugar to yolks. Continue to beat well and stir in the flour. Add the juice of 2 lemons and the water. Stir well, and pour in pie pans lined with pastry.
Beat egg whites until foamy. Add vanilla and cream of tartar. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Put on pie filling, sealing to edges of pastry. Return to oven, bake 12-15 minutes or until golden. Garnish with lemon peel strips if desired. Cool completely. Store in the refrigerator.
Serves 6 to 8.
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana