Lemon Meringue Pie Tartlets

January 28, 2008 at 11:39 pm | Posted in Daring Bakers | 31 Comments
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My thanks to Jen, The Canadian Baker for hosting this month’s challenge, Lemon Meringue Pie. I love love love Lemon Meringue Pie. Unfortunately I’ve yet to find a recipe that didn’t turn runny…until now.

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I decided to use my mini-muffin tin and turn the one big pie into lots of little Lemon Meringue Tartlets. The crust was easy to make and reminded me of shortbread, sweet and buttery. For the filling I used meyer lemons, fabulous! It tasted bright, sunny, and smooth (would be great spooned over one of Rebecca’s scones). For the meringue, I used a pastry bag and piped the meringue over the top, making sure to completely cover the filling.

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Make sure you check out all of the Lemon Meringue Pies and Tartlets on The Daring Baker’s Blogroll.

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Lemon Meringue Pie

Makes one 10-inch (25 cm) pie

For the Crust:

  • ¾ cup (180 mL) cold butter; cut into ½-inch (1.2 cm) pieces
  • 2 cups (475 mL) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp (1.2 mL) salt
  • cup (80 mL) ice water

For the Filling:

  • 2 cups (475 mL) water
  • 1 cup (240 mL) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (120 mL) cornstarch
  • 5 egg yolks, beaten
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) butter
  • ¾ cup (180 mL) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon zest
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract

For the Meringue:

  • 5 egg whites, room temperature
  • ½ tsp (2.5 mL) cream of tartar
  • ¼ tsp (1.2 mL) salt
  • ½ tsp (2.5 mL) vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (180 mL) granulated sugar

For the Crust: Make sure all ingredients are as cold as possible. Using a food processor or pastry cutter and a large bowl, combine the butter, flour, sugar and salt. Process or cut in until the mixture resembles coarse meal and begins to clump together. Sprinkle with water, let rest 30 seconds and then either process very briefly or cut in with about 15 strokes of the pastry cutter, just until the dough begins to stick together and come away from the sides of the bowl. Turn onto a lightly floured work surface and press together to form a disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least 20 minutes.

Allow the dough to warm slightly to room temperature if it is too hard to roll. On a lightly floured board (or countertop) roll the disk to a thickness of ⅛ inch (.3 cm). Cut a circle about 2 inches (5 cm) larger than the pie plate and transfer the pastry into the plate by folding it in half or by rolling it onto the rolling pin. Turn the pastry under, leaving an edge that hangs over the plate about ½ inch (1.2 cm). Flute decoratively. Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line the crust with foil and fill with metal pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Carefully remove the foil and continue baking for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden. Cool completely before filling.

For the Filling: Bring the water to a boil in a large, heavy saucepan. Remove from the heat and let rest 5 minutes. Whisk the sugar and cornstarch together. Add the mixture gradually to the hot water, whisking until completely incorporated.

Return to the heat and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until the mixture comes to a boil. The mixture will be very thick. Add about 1 cup (240 mL) of the hot mixture to the beaten egg yolks, whisking until smooth. Whisking vigorously, add the warmed yolks to the pot and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in butter until incorporated. Add the lemon juice, zest and vanilla, stirring until combined. Pour into the prepared crust. Cover with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming on the surface, and cool to room temperature.

For the Meringue: Preheat the oven to 375ºF (190ºC). Using an electric mixer beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar, salt and vanilla extract until soft peaks form. Add the sugar gradually, beating until it forms stiff, glossy peaks. Pile onto the cooled pie, bringing the meringue all the way over to the edge of the crust to seal it completely. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden. Cool on a rack. Serve within 6 hours to avoid a soggy crust.

Pie recipe courtesy of Wanda’s Pie in the Sky by Wanda Beaver, 2002

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solutions week 10

January 28, 2008 at 11:52 am | Posted in solutions | 2 Comments
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We are spending the week up near Tahoe for sledding, skiing, ice skating and other snow fun. No gym this week. No walks after dinner. But our days will be very active.

I don’t have any weight or measurement updates, but I can tell you that my snow pants were baggy when I put them on today! Also, I can tell that I’ve been working out because the 6,000 feet elevation isn’t effecting me like it has in the past. No huffing and puffing up the stairs or mountain, so nice!

I’m keeping to no eating after 7pm, avoiding hydrogenated oils, and drinking lots of water.

Remember this, me pouring out my coffee mate creamer because of the hydrogenated fats:

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And then me trying this vanilla splenda:

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I must say, that the vanilla splenda has turned me off of splenda and pretty much coffee altogether.  I’ve had two small/tall non-fat lattes this week, and that’s all the coffee I’ve had.

My thanks to Couch Cubicle for her thoughts on Splenda, very interesting.

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