Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Daring Bakers - LMP!
My third Daring Baker challenge is lemon meringue pie. This is actually something that I made for the first time last year. I compared the Daring Baker recipe with the recipe I had followed last year and they were pretty close. I had every intention of making little individual tarts just so that I would be doing something different to what I had done before, but time counted against me yet again! One little confession - the challenge was meant to have been posted yesterday (the 28th) but it was anniversary holiday here - I figure as NZ almost leads the way time wise, it is still the 28th in many parts of the world!!
I decided to take the pie into work for my birthday morning tea shout. The crust came together beautifully and I actually baked it the night before I filled it. I knew that the capacity of my tart tin (which is quite shallow) wouldn’t take the entire 5 egg filling specified in the recipe so I made 3/5th of the filling. It wasn’t quite as sweet as the recipe I had made previously and I’m not sure I liked the addition of 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla as I think it ever so slightly detracted from the lemon taste.
Instead of free-forming the meringue, I piped it on. It actually looked quite good – although it was a little browner on top than I would have liked. I put it on a platter and started to carry it down stairs when I realised that it would likely slide straight off the platter onto the floor of my car, so I carefully lifted it into a cake container.
I stopped at the supermarket on the way to work and bought some thickened cream and fresh blueberries. I imagined plating a slice up beautifully for my challenge. BUT, unfortunately the lemon meringue pie was not destined to be all in one piece. It was still kind of warm when I put it in the container at home and when I went to lift it onto a plate at work, the bottom collapsed!!! I was gutted!!!!! Luckily I had taken one (not very good) photo before I left home, but it was heartbreaking that my beautiful pie had to be scooped out of the container onto people’s plates!!!!
The reviews were still good though! Everyone really enjoyed it. The pastry was crisp, the filling tart and the meringue light – even though it was kind of de-constructed the taste was good and I guess that is what counts!
View the rest of the daring bakers (probably not de-constructed!!!) LMPs here.