TWD #82: Pie me to the moon.
I have no idea how I came up with the title. I think I just heard my husband sing a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me To The Moon while writing this post and since “pie” and “fly” rhyme… well… there you go. Just a little insight into my brain. Scary isn’t it? HA HA!
This week the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers are baking up some lime meringue pie courtesy of Linda of Tender Crumb. You can find the complete recipe on her blog. Not only is this one cool chick, she has a fabulous blog and she’s a UCLA fan-atic like me! (Linda, I’m doing the 8-clap for this pie! hehe)
What I learned this week:
This pie took about 8 hours (I’m not exaggerating!) to make (1 hour to make lime cream, graham crust and meringue, 4 hours to chill lime cream and 3 hours to chill assembled pie) but it was TOTALLY worth it. I never would have made this pie without my fellow TWD bakers. I’ve learned so much since joining this group. I feel like this pie was a testament to how much I’ve grown. Let me just tell ya… learning is tasty!
Creamiest Lime Cream Meringue Pie
Recipe adapted from Baking: From My Home To Yours, Dorie Greenspan
Look at all that beautiful green lime zest!
Cornstarch is magical (R)
Dorie mentioned that it takes about 10 minutes to get the lime cream to 180F but I did the supercharge method and it took about 4 minutes. I think the metal bowl helps to speed up the process too. The cream is so luscious. Don’t skip the straining part. It’s worth it.
Just ignore all the glorious butter you see in the blender. It doesn’t count. Promise.
Dorie gave us the option of a pie crust or a graham cracker crust. I chose the graham cracker crust for the easy factor but honestly I think the graham cracker was the PERFECT compliment to the sweet meringue and the sour lime cream.
Isn’t my egg white separator the cutest?
Lovely delicious stiff meringue.
I gotta admit that my favorite part of the whole pie was busting out my blowtorch and setting the meringue on fire. Ok that might be a tad overdramatic. HA HA!
Husband rating: A+
He wasn’t sure about lime in a pie but after one bite he was hooked!
Wifey rating: A+
Before this pie I thought I was a lemon girl but WOWOW this lime meringue pie is so FRIGGIN good. I’m a lime convert.
Other rating: A+
I made the pie for our Sunday family dinner and everyone raved. My MIL said that I have to bring this pie to Thanksgiving this year. Looks like the pumpkin cheesecake got replaced!
Next week: Espresso Cheesecake Brownies pages 104-105