Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Daring Bakers' Challenge - Lemon Meringue Pie

This month's challenge was hosted by Jen, The Canadian Baker and I was quite excited about it because it is one of my mother's favourite desserts and I'd been on the lookout for a reliable recipe.

As some of you already know my blog is currently a secret from my beloved. He is so NOT a foodie that he just wouldn't get it, not to mention the whole public thing about blogging. Sometimes this causes a few problems with my Daring Bakers' Challenges if I don't have an occasion to bake/cook for and I run out of time which is more often than not the reason for my non participation, not because I don't like a recipe. What's not to like about lemons? I thought I was in luck this month because we had an invitation to our neighbours' house for dinner and I was asked to bring dessert. Unfortunately I didn't find out until early afternoon on the day of the dinner which meant I had a one shot attempt for the Lemon Meringue Pie. I started with the crust and I should have known that I was doomed to failure when I smelled burning and realised that I'd not removed the price sticker from my new pie dish. With the heat it had falled off onto the bottom of the oven and was turning into something brown and crispy. Just as well I wasn't cooking my egg mixture on the stove top at the same time or I would have had to abandon it in order to put out the potential fire in my kitchen. Mmmmm - can you say burned crust with a side of burned price tag?


In disgust I threw in the towel and uttered that particularly appropriate word that Kiwis say when they are frustrated.... .bugger!. Check out the video clip and you'll see what I mean!

I was glad that I hadn't started on the filling while the pastry was baking because this recipe is a big sucker and calls for 5 eggs and I would have been really annoyed to have wasted 5 eggs. The technique for the Lemon Meringue Pie filling is slightly different from most I've seen in that you thicken the egg mixture before you add the lemon juice. I'll be curious to see whether my variety of lemons works using this method - I know it doesn't when you bung everything in together and try and thicken it up. I will definitely be making this pie soon as I'm determined to have a success. The pictures of those I've seen look mouthsmackingly delicious. Check out the Daring Bakers' Blogroll and see for yourself but make sure you have some time up your sleeves because I hear that we are up to 500 members now.

Subsequently, I cleaned my oven which is a Smeg brand and one of those ones where you dismantle the insides and pull out the liner. To do this I had to consult the manual and I discovered that because my oven is not vented it's suggested that you reduce your oven temperature by 10-20 degrees (Celsius). I've always thought that my oven was a bit fierce and now I know why.

Bring on the next challenge!

10 comments:

Maryann said...

awww...you'll do better on the next challenge. Don't worry about it :)

Quellia said...

You know, on the day your beloved finds out about your blog, take a picture of the look on his face for us to see! I'm sure it will be priceless!
Bad luck on the pie this artime!

glamah16 said...

My boyfriend is all funny about the privacy issue with the blog, Facebook,etc. I can understand because of the nature of his work, etc.No posting of anything personal or pics of him.But he has come to accept this is a part of me and what I enjoy. So if Im happy , then he is too.To bad about the challenge. But its not all about the succeses, but the learning.

Andrea said...

Oh no! Too bad about the crust, but good that you learned something new about your oven! :-)

Dolores said...

That's quite a crust! Hoping you find the occasion to make this one again soon. I'm often torn about how much of my private life to expose on my blog, but thankfully my honey is a foodie and doesn't mind if I expose that side of us to the internets. I'm sometimes surprised when someone he's shared a link with asks about something we've eaten (and I've written about) and I'm wondering how they know...

Lis said...

hehehe well you can't win 'em all! But that is a lovely new pie dish! :)

I hope you do get to try it, you are the first person I thought of when I made mine.. because of your lemon tree I've heard so much about. :D

Miss you tremendously..

Love you!
xoxo

barbie2be said...

Mmmm lemon meringue pie!

i bet when you retry it will be delish!

Lunch Buckets said...

Valiant effort!

Elle said...

So sorry that the crust burned. Glad that the tag was the only thing on fire...and you even learned something about your oven :) See you for the next challenge!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Isn't it interesting how we learn things. Sorry about the crust loss.
I'm with Jenny. You should take a photo of him when he finds out. You must have some funny stories to keep this secret!