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.

13 comments:

Snooky doodle said...

despite the rush this looks really nice. I like the way you decorated it with the pavlova :)

Mary Ann said...

I love your pie. It is really cute and I am curious as to how the passionfruit flavor tastes. Your Linzer cookies look yummy too!

The Food Librarian said...

This looks great! I love love passionfruit. This is perfectly white and pretty!

Anne said...

No apologies needed- that looks wonderful! I don't know who invented pavlova but I LOVE it and I love that you incorporated it into your pie. Nice job!

Natashya said...

Your pie is as cute as a button!
I love pavlova, this would be delish...and yogurt - now it qualifies as health food and can be eaten for breakfast!

Madam Chow said...

I'm sorry you were disappointed, but in my book, ANYTHING with passion fruit is probably worth eating! I think your pie is lovely.

Rebecca said...

No apologies! I love the white-on-white. It's striking and verrry Christmasy.

Jacque said...

See, I just can't imagine Christmas in the summer, LOL. But then, the opposite is probably true of you folks in the Southern Hemisphere.

Anyway, your pie sure gets big points for cuteness. Sorry it wasn't quite what you hoped for.

Jennynz said...

It was delicious!!! And I didn't feel guilty about having one for morning tea, cos it was yoghurt after all ;o) I LOVE passionfruit, this was really tasty and had a summery feel which said Christmas to me :) (peeps up in the northern hemisphere never really get to enjoy that early summer fruit = christmas, mmmmm)

Carrie said...

I've never had a passionfruit pie, I bet it's delicious! Your pie is very cute, don't we all want a white Christmas... sigh! Good Job :-)

Cakelaw said...

Greek yoghurt and passionfruit with meringue sounds devine! A wonderful creation.

suz said...

This looks delicious and so cute! Really love the use of yogurt too.

bakingwiththeboys said...

I love those swirls. Perfect.