15 déc. 2012

Lemon meringue pie

I am now in the UK to improve my English. I am Staying with Magareth, my teacher and her husband David in a lovely 300 years old Georgian House in Hastings near the sea.

Hardy the border terrier of the family

Lemon meringue pie

I baked ( and ate) today my first lemon pie. It was really Yummy, Yummy!
I give you  my special recipe with a filling without butter. My challenge was to bake a tasty pastry without to much calories.
I find a recipe in the magazine "delicious.baking". But I reduced the sugar and transformed at the end almost completly the recipe!


200g plain flour, sifted

1 pinch of salt

1 tbsp sugar  

100g butter


about 4 tbsp water

mixed together flour salt and sugar and rub the butter into the mixture until it look like crumbs.
Add the egg and the water and mix rapidly to obtain a dough. wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes. 
Roll the pastry on a floured surface to 5mm thick. Use a 24 cm "Springform". Bake the filled tart with baking beans blind  20-25 min in the preheat oven to 200 grads C. remove the beans and bake the tart blind 5 minutes more until dry and crisp.
Turn down the oven to 150 grads C.

For the filling:

Finely grated zest of 4 lemons

Juice of 10 organic lemons (about 350-400ml)

Add water to total 600ml water+juice

75 g cornflour, sifted

170g caster sugar

4 medium free-range egg yolks

10 drops HE lemon

Put the lemon juice in a pan, wisk in the cornflour, then bring the boil over a medium-high heat. reduce the heat and wisk constantly for 3 minutes until tick. remove from the eat and wisk in the yolgs and the sugar. Then return to a low heat and simmer under wristing for 2minutes. Cool slightly and pour in the pastry.

Meringue Topping

4 egg whites
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of vanilla 
4 drops HE lemon

150g caster sugar

Whisk the egg whites  with salt, vanilla and HE lemon  stiff. Add the sugar, 1tbsp at a time, until the meringue is stiff and glossy. Spoon onto the pastry and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. 
Serve warm or at room temperature

Lemon meringue pie

It was gorgeous!

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