Wednesday, December 3, 2008
You Want Pies With That - White Christmas Pie
This month’s “You want Pies with That” theme is Holiday Songs. Initially I was quite excited as I imagined that I would have lots of ideas, but the more I thought about it, the harder it became. I settled in the end for a “white Christmas” pie. I chose this song because in New Zealand, Christmas is in the middle of summer, so we will never get a white Christmas, but also because a traditional kiwi dessert is pavlova (in fact there is a long debate between NZ and Australia regarding who “invented” the pavlova – people have written dissertations on the subject – everyone knows it was a Nzer!), so my White Christmas pie has a touch of pavlova to it as well.
The inside of the pie is Greek yoghurt, which I strained to thicken and then swirled with passionfruit pulp – passionfruit is a popular topping for pavlova. I then topped the yoghurt filling with mini meringues to represent little pavlovas. The base is a simple shortcrust pastry.
I have to confess to being a little disappointed with my creation. I did think long and hard about it, but in the end, my pie came down to what I could put together in very little time – perhaps that is another reason why it can be considered a Christmassy pie, as it was made in between the usual holiday rush. The pie bases were baked on Saturday when I was baking gingerbread Christmas trees, the meringues were baked last night when I got home from my cake decorating class and the filling was thrown together, because that is what I had in the fridge!!!!
So, I do apologise for my White Christmas pie. I look forward to seeing what the other participants made for their Holiday Songs pies.