Sunday, January 27, 2008

DB challenge 4!!!

Lemon Meringue Pie!
a close up of the browned crust


before baking


sliced and served
I've never had it before i can't tell whether this one was good or not... :P
Brought it to a party but there was plenty left over...the lemon taste was quite pronounced; I thought that if less lemon juice was used, perhaps less sugar is needed...the meringue was quite a challenge to make, the baking time and temperature stated in the recipe was only enough to produce an extremely thin crust (perhaps that's the way it's meant to be???) and i left it in the oven on low for another 2 hours...

and the result was a crunchy top layer around 2 cm thick, a light fluffy middle layer on top of a very watery custard (the leftover set in the fridge beautifully) and a fragrant, if slightly wet pie base.

Hmmm. I m not sure whether it's an Asian thing or what but most of my friends really don't appreciate meringues that much...myself included...cos it's so sweet and it feels like to me, at least, that i m just eating air and sugar...so sadly, this recipe (and pretty much meringues in general) is one that will be filed and ticked off!! :P

14 comments:

Bev and Ollie "O" said...

Lemon meringue is very sweet I agree.
Your meringue looks lovely, the topping is just as the ones in the Belgian Patisseries look.

ps Thankyou, Ollie is a little cutie, though I am extremely biased! ;o)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Yes, meringue is spposed to be airy and sweet ;-P... Such pies are always kind of overly sweet. But, I this kind of pie should be more citrusy and sharper tasting!
Well done!

Cheers,

Rosa

Deborah said...

At least you were able to try your first lemon meringue pie! They are quite sweet, so I can see why you wouldn't care for it.

Suzer said...

I had a fantastic pineapple meringue in the Cook Islands that I am keen to try making when we get back to Adelaide. Lemon is good but I prefer pies with lime or pineapple for sure:)

Miss Ifi said...

Congratulations on your challenge!, yeah I totally agree... meringue = super sweet, I am not a big fan of it so while eating my tarts I removed the meringue.. heh..

Tartelette said...

The pie and the meringue look great. Glad you participated,it is always nice to read other experiences.

Nirmala said...

Nice job with the Daring Baker's. I've tried to be a daring baker but can't. I barely have enough time to cook what I want to cook!

Suzer said...

oh and by the way it's not just an asian thing to not like meringues. i'm not real fond of them either, unless there is something else to balance them out. i didn't find the pineapple too sweet, so it worked well.

wmpe said...

The curd was tart and sweet. Your meringue is lovely. I am glad you tried it. I hope there will be an Asian inspired DBr challenge at some time. Wendy

Jen Yu said...

Hey, nice job on your pie despite not being a huge fan. I'm not a big fan of LMP either :) Good job on the meringue too - it looks super fluffy!

Angel said...

Your meringue looks great! Too bad you don't care for the taste. I adore light and fluffy sugar lol. Give me cotton candy or angel food cake any day. Fabulous job though!

Jenny said...

LMP isn't my favorite but once you master it, you can use the lemon filling for other things, or pair meringue with something sweeter like coconut or chocolate. :)

Dolores said...

I'm also glad you chose to participate, to try something new. Great job!

Claire said...

Too bad about the runniness...hope you enjoyed it! Love your meringue.