Hummingbird Lemon Meringue Pie.

19.1.11

You may remember last year I made a cake from the Hummingbird Bakery book and it was a great success. Jonathan has the biggest sweet tooth of anyone I've ever met, so I knew it wouldn't be long till we had a go at making something from this book (this is it, incase you wondered). Lemon Meringue Pie is a firm favourite of ours so naturally we decided to have a whirl at this recipe.


We got our ingredients set out and got to work prepping everything. At this point I must add that the recipe called for an electric whisk, which we didn't have. We thought a regular whisk and good old fashioned elbow grease would be sufficient to get the mixture right (we were wrong).


We had to grate and squeeze EIGHT lemons. And seperate egg whites and yolks. And carefully measure sugar, and flour, and butter.

Then disaster struck and didn't stop striking. The pastry mixture didn't firm up like it should have, even though we followed the instructions to the letter. The base didn't cook in the time given in the recipe, so we popped it back in and then it overcooked. Last but not least, the meringue topping seperated in the oven and we were left with a layer of raw egg whites in the middle of the pie.

DISASTER! Next time I think we'll try something a little less ambitious. This is the part where you tell me you can make Lemon Meringue Pie standing on your head ;)

17 comments:

  1. I've been debating making this for a while but its always seemed too tricky! I think i'll leave it for a while and try something less ambitious from the book x

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  2. I have the hummingbird book and love it. I attempted to make the cupcakes. All was going well untill i realised the food colouring was out of date

    x

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  3. Try the brownie recipe, it's so easy and tastes so good. Also, if it goes wrong, you can just eat the raw mixture as that tastes just as good!!

    http://myfrostedworld.blogspot.com/

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  4. Oh no! I love baking too, although I think you were amazing to attempt a meringue without an electric whisk. I would never have been able to get the eggs stiff. Lol! I love the blondies in the HB book, delicious and much less effort (which is always a bonus on my part!).

    Charlotte xxx

    www.agirlwrites.com

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  5. I have the hummingbird book also, and find that you have to take the recipes with a pinch of salt. Not literally.. but I always end up having to use my own judgement/leave this longer etc.

    Meringue is definitely far harder without an electric whisk as well! I only have one of the hand held ones which are relatively cheap but work a treat!

    If you feel like braving the book again, the cheesecake muffins are to die for! x

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  6. Gosh at least you tried! we've always made lemon meringues from them shop brought packets were you just lump it all together. Tastey all the same. don't let it deter you though!

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  7. Oh no, atleast you gave it a go, I still haven't attempted baking and it's one of my resolutions, alas it's only January xx

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  8. Mm, I'm the only person in my house who would eat this...I've been eyeing the recipe in the book!

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  9. Haha this post made me lol so much! I love the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook, I always tend to stick to the cupcakes or the cookies though, maybe I'll push the boat out and try a pie one day xx

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  10. I've made this, and it was great! It came out a bit floppy in the middle so was hard to slice and serve but otherwise all good. It's a shame yours didn't work. It was defo the best lemon meringue pie I have ever eaten! Better luck next time!

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  11. Since watching Nigel Slater's Toast at Christmas I've been desperate to try a lemon meringue, but thought it was a bit too taxing.
    Well done for being brave enough - and practice makes perfect!
    Hope you're well - its been a while! Xxx

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  12. Sorry it didn't go well! I always just buy mine from M&S, they do them so well I figure I can't beat it. xx

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  13. I have made their key lime pie, brownies, rocky road and peanut butter cookies. Lets just say that they never see night time!

    Georgie
    xx

    http://styleprincessdiaries.blogspot.com

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  14. jeez, seems like such a complex recipie though! :( to be honest I'm bad at having more than 3 components on the go when it comes to cooking! im hopeless. that book looks amazing, got it for my gran for christmas in a mad urge to hint for her to bake for me ;) BUT, I have a cupcake class soon, which is probs easy peasy in comparison to more complex stuff like this. But we'll see... x

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  15. Oh that's such a shame that it went wrong!

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  16. Ohhhhhh I know it's wrong but you did make me laugh with your account of this kitchen disaster. I've done it so many times. With my last flat move I got a new oven with it, although it was an old one, and being an old one it has burnt so many cupcakes in the making.... and the last attempt my boyfriend made at brownies left our baking dreams pretty burnt, again.

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  17. I got the book as well and I actually love it I have been trying a few recipes and it all happen as per plan, this lemon meringue pie was actually the first recipe I tried and I loved it, the lemon filling is much easier to do than other recipe I've seen.

    My advise will be to learn how you oven works as non professional oven do not have accurate temperatures, mine is much hotter so I always have to reduce by 20 degrees to have the good effect.

    for the dough of the tart i will tell you to really work the dough manually to get it more elastic more usable then leave it rest a bit in the fridge with cling film, then it will be dough even, then start a blind bake to get it bake all the way.

    I know it's a very old post but I dislike pastry disaster and I thought it might help for future adventure.

    Elise

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