TWD #82: Pie me to the moon.

August 25, 2009 at 1:28 am 24 comments

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

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24 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Romaine of  |  August 25, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Great picture of a slice–even with a graham cracker crust. Very good. I had crumbs falling everywhere. What ‘s your secret?

  • 2. chocolatechic  |  August 25, 2009 at 3:50 am

    Beautiful tart.

  • 3. Mary Ann  |  August 25, 2009 at 4:34 am

    Funny that your MIL wants you to make this for Thanksgiving- that is where I served it last year!
    It really is a great dessert.
    Looks fantastic!

  • 4. Clivia  |  August 25, 2009 at 6:18 am

    Glad everyone enjoyed. It is an awesome pie. Love your photos!

  • 5. Maria  |  August 25, 2009 at 6:37 am

    We love all things lime-your pie is gorgeous! Great work on this one!

  • 6. Margaret  |  August 25, 2009 at 7:03 am

    It looks lovely. Glad all liked it.

  • 7. foodlibrarian  |  August 25, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Yum! This looks great. I felt like I was there in the kitchen with you!! :)

  • 8. Anne  |  August 25, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Looks awesome! Now I’m thinking I really need to get a torch, too!

  • 9. stephchows  |  August 25, 2009 at 9:45 am

    beautiful job girl!

  • 10. Jacque  |  August 25, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Hey, don’t worry, I totally got the pie me to the moon, LOL.

    Yours looks fantastic! I really like your in progress pictures.

  • 11. isa  |  August 25, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Your tart looks delicious!
    Love your step-by-step photos.
    Nicely done!

  • 12. Jill  |  August 25, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Your egg separator IS the cutest! And your pie looks darn good too.

  • 13. Rebecca  |  August 25, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    The MIL wants you to bring the pie to Thanksgiving? You must have done gooood.

  • 14. Teanna  |  August 25, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    That song is TOTALLY going to stuck in my head all night – and I am about to go to sleep! The pie was fantastic and I am so glad to see A+s across the board!

  • 15. Linda @ Tender Crumb  |  August 25, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Dang girlfriend…you’ve got mad baking skills to get A+ ratings from the hubs and the family. It was totally worth the time invested, wasn’t it?

    Clara, thanks for baking along with me this week…you rock!

  • 16. Lauryn  |  August 26, 2009 at 6:37 am

    WOW!!! Your pie looks absolutely amazing!!!!!!!! I love all of the pics! I wish I had a piece of this to eat right now!!!

  • 17. Wendy  |  August 26, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Your pie looks perfect! Love the meringue.

  • 18. carolina  |  August 26, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Great title for a great looking pie. Your photos are always so nice. Glad your hubby ended up liking it!

  • 19. Elizabeth - Cake or Death?  |  August 26, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Hey, you’ve got some serious lime love in your house! This didn’t quite do it for me but I’m glad others enjoyed it. And yes, you do have the cutest egg white separator! I’ve never seen one like it before but now I’m jealous.

  • 20. Tracey Jung  |  August 27, 2009 at 8:19 am

    I really appreciate the amount of time and effort it took for you to take all those pictures.Really great job on that and the pie loks nice to.

  • 21. Rachel  |  August 27, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I joined TWD because of you! The pie was a big hit with my family as well. Thanks for the weekly inspirations.

  • 22. Mary  |  August 27, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Normally I don’t like pie, but I have to tell you I want a slice of this pie RIGHT NOW! :) It looks fabulous!

  • 23. Di  |  August 28, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Looking at your fabulous pie makes me really sad that I haven’t had a chance to make this yet. And I love the egg separator. =)

  • 24. AngelaP  |  August 28, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Beautiful, love all the pictures!

    It really was a heck of a process, definitely a 2 day pie (next time).

    LOVE the egg separator!


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