Meringue With a Lime Twist

What a fantastic challenge Jen from Canadian Baker chose for January’s Daring Bakers to make…Lemon Meringue Pie! I absolutely love everything tart and have always wanted to make my own!

In reading through the recipe, I was faced with a real challenge…there are no lemons here!! In knowing that substitutions are allowed for items which are simply not available, I decided in would be perfect to use the Peruvian lime. It is small, green and packs a punch! But then, on the other hand I broke down and bought white sugar…the first time in 5 years!!! I was a little worried about the meringue not turning out if I used the azucar rubia instead of just plain white.

Unfortunately, due to travel schedules I waited until the last full day (Sunday) to get my challenge done, causing myself undue stress and making the whole experience not as fun. Okay, I am sure the fact it was probably the hottest day so far this summer…hot, humid weather makes a hot oven and boiling sugar water all the more unbearable.

The crust I found to be quite tasty. Because of the heat, I prepared the ingredients and placed the bowl along with the pastry cutter into the freezer for 15 minutes or so. I didn’t want to take any chances. It rested for many hours as I had to leave in the morning. Rolling it out was fine. The challenge for me was forming the dough. I had seen someone make heart shaped LMP and my friend Karen wrote about making mini LMPs and I decided to use star shaped tins to make the LMP in this time. The dough was tucks into the 5 points of the stars and borders were laid. Next time, I would attach the borders to the dough a bit better and the dough to the tin a bit better…they shrunk a little.

The filling was easy to make. I have never made another LMP, so I can say that…it was easy to make. I opted not to put in the zest since the limes we have here are rather sour. I did not want to reduce the amount of liquid for fear it would have a negative effect on the filling. Since the crusts has shrunk slightly, they did not require much filling. I had a lot left over!

The meringue was what I think I fear most. I followed the directions and found ribbon-y streams of white fluff appearing before my eyes! It looked different that ever before. I wondered if that was due to the white instead of rubia sugar. I spooned this over the filling trying to make it look uniform and design like. Again, first time!

I popped them all in the oven and wondered if they would even brown since the heat in my oven only comes from the bottom and not from the top. Quickly I went to work making another crust (using a different recipe and not using measurements) so use the rest of the filling and the rest of the meringue. Eight pie stars were just not enough! I sort of forgot about my adorable stars in the oven until I smelled the marshmallow-y meringue cooking.

I open the oven and much to my surprise, all my efforts really had paid off. I had real star shaped lemon meringue pies in my oven! Yippee!!!

The taste was incredible. Yes the filling was a bit runny but they had not yet cooled completely, maybe with time they filling would set even more. I did notice the tears forming on the meringue after a few hours. My neighbor did not know what to do when I handed her an entire pie. Oh, I hope they like it!

Would I use this recipe again? Having never done it before, I would try other some recipes to understand the differences. I like this one, but maybe I would like another one even more.

But for now, more than 400 Daring Bakers will give you their verdict on the crust, filling and meringue. They will judge it all to be good or bad depending on their tastes and likes. But, trust them; they know what they’re talking about!

Visit Jen at Canadian Baker for the Lemon Meringue Pie recipe.


Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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59 Responses

  1. Dolores says:

    I love your star shaped lime meringues! I’m glad you forged through the heat and joined in on this one.

  2. Susan says:

    I can imagine the lime filling was fantastic. Beautiful job!

  3. Aamena says:

    Wow they do look beautiful!

  4. aforkfulofspaghetti says:

    That’s so pretty – well done!

  5. bbaking says:

    wow these are really beautiful tarts! Those peaks are like a Gary Rhodes haircut! Fantastic, I love the shapes, oh I’m just very jeolous! hehe ;o)

  6. sunita says:

    I adore those star shaped pies of yours…well done!

  7. zorra says:

    Wow, I love your star shaped LMP! I had no luck with my Mini-Pies. But the big one was okay.

  8. Ann says:

    Stars! I love them! And mini pies to boot! :-)They look fabulous!

  9. Candace says:

    Lovely! Nice browning of your meringue too.

  10. Suzana says:

    Gretchen, the start shaped pies are so cute! I was so curious about the lime flavour – it must act a lot different than lemon. Wish I could send you some lemons, I have TONS and don’t now what to do with them!

  11. Bellini Valli says:

    I love the little LMP stars!! They are a star in the DB challenge!!!

  12. Lydia says:

    Lovely! And adapting recipes to local ingredients is the best part of cooking and baking.

  13. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Gretchen: Your stars are stellar!! I love them. I have some of those aluminum stars, wish I’d tried that!! I wonder how the crust would have done if we’d wrap the dough around the outside instead of putting it on the inside.Great job!

  14. culinography says:

    Your star-shaped pies are lovely, Gretchen! I imagine a lime filling is particularly tasty, too!Excellent job with the DB challenge!

  15. Madam Chow says:

    Wonderful pies, Gretchen. Your meringue browned beautifully!

  16. Tempered Woman says:

    OH~ the star shape and spiky meringue looks absolutely perfect together! You have given me such a great idea for 4th of July. But don’t tell anyone. oh wait…I’m really curious about the lime- I love all things tart myself. Might have to try that. Thanks for the great ideas.

  17. Karen says:

    Your neighbor must have been thrilled to get her own pie! These look great. Thanks for the shout out!

  18. Half Baked says:

    Your lilltle pies are sooo cute! Love the high peaks of meringue!

  19. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    I love the stars, they are so cute! Your meringues look great too!Have a great trip!

  20. Big Boys Oven says:

    this is incredible lovely….. I was dreaming of stars and I saw them here…so cool! amazing!

  21. ostwestwind says:

    Wonderful tarts!

  22. Megan says:

    I love the little stars! I’m going to have to start thinking outside the box. And lime to boot.

  23. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy says:

    I love your pretty little pies! What a great idea to use limes. I will have to try this one with key limes.

  24. Deborah says:

    The stars are wonderful!! The lime sounds fantastic!

  25. Quellia says:

    Your pies look great! I’m interested in seeing your comparison. Are you going to make it again using your regular sugar?

  26. Emiline says:

    I’m jealous of your warm weather! It’s freaking freezing here.Your lemon…oops, I mean, lime meringue pies look delish!

  27. Meryl says:

    What pretty little stars!

  28. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Those are beautiful! I love the star shape and the little peaks of meringue. Great job on your first ever meringue!

  29. Brilynn says:

    Your stars are awesome!I think I would have actually liked a lime meringue pie better so yours would have been fantastic!

  30. Annemarie says:

    I bet they tasted wonderful, and the stars are just the bee’s knees.

  31. Christina says:

    Very cute tarts, Gretchen! The meringue looks amazing. Well done!

  32. Eva says:

    I’m obviously not the first one to say this but your stars are wonderful!

  33. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Dolores – It was tough…but I am a Daring Baker!Susan – The filling was great! Thanks!Aamena, Forkful – Thank you!Bev – Thanks! Ha! I was inspired and so glad I went through with it!Sunita – Thanks so much! Zorra – Too bad your mini pies didn’t turn out well. I was worried about the big one!Ann – Stars & mini pies. I aim to please!Candace – The browning was kind of a fluke, I had never done it before!Suzana – Thanks! The lime was delicious! I love everything tart! I would gladly use up some portuguese lemons!Bellini Valli – Oh, thanks!!!Lydia – It was perfect, limes are in abundance here. No one really uses lemons.Tanna – Thanks so much! Good thinking…thinking outside the star mold! i wonder…Culinography – Thanks so much! The lime was tasty!Madam Chow – Thank you!Tempered Woman – Thanks! I was so pleased when they came out of the oven! Glad to give good ideas away! The lime was particularly tasty!Karen – Her eyes were enormous when I tried to explain I was giving the whole thing to her. Today she returned the plate with pastel de choclo!Half baked – Thanks so much! I am glad the peaks peaked!Jenn – Thanks so much!Big Boys Oven – The star shapes just seem more special!Ostwestwind – Thanks!Megan – I am working on thinking outside the box. it was someone elses thinking that inspired me. Lime was tasty!SGCC – Thanks! Key Limes would be perfect!!!Deborah – Thanks! It was great!Quellia – If I make it again, i will definitely use azucar rubia. Although i am wondering if the meringue will be the same. Need to do some taste testing!Emiline – Jealous? ha! It is sticky hot. Ack! But the lime stars cheered me up!Meryl – Thanks so much!Lynn – Thanks! I was proud!Brilynn – Thanks! i really adore lime now and prefer it over lemon.Annemarie – Bee’s Knees? that is adorable! Thanks!Christina – Thanks!Eva – Thanks!

  34. Shandy says:

    What an awesome idea! The star shape is ingenious and the meringue is perfect! Great job =DLime is a flavor I am just going to have to try right away! I LOVE lime and didn’t even think of it either, but then that is what this group is all about, learning from each other’s creativity =DShandy@pastry heaven

  35. Peabody says:

    The star shape was an awesome idea!

  36. Princess of the kitchen says:

    What lovely star shaped tarts. Such a cute idea!

  37. Rachel says:

    wow gorgeous star-shaped tarts…very different

  38. Jenny says:

    This is definitely the first DB post I have read that concludes with a trip to the jungle. Heee! Love the stars.

  39. Miss Ifi says:

    Those little stars look AMAZING!!! congratulations!! oh I would give anything to have one of those tarts with peruvian lime and azucar rubia meringue!! yuuuum.. you make them look soo pretty ^_^

  40. Nan says:

    No lemons, wow. I love your stars…such a cute take on the challenge!

  41. Jasmine says:

    Absolutely wonderful–I love the spikey stars.j

  42. eatme_delicious says:

    Yum they look great! I love the little stars and your meringue is perfect! I’d love to try this lime version.

  43. breadchick says:

    How cool are you!! Those star shaped Lime Meringue tarts are special. You did fantastic on the challenge this month. I can’t wait to bake with you again!!

  44. Fruit tart says:

    I love your stars! My oldest would have preferred your lime pies — she turned up her nose after one bite of the lemon and asked if I could make them key lime next time!

  45. Sara says:

    I love these! They are so pretty, and your meringue is so pretty! Well done.

  46. Meeta says:

    You made the perfect shape for this challenge – it truly was a star LOL!Great job!

  47. Jen Yu says:

    The star shape is soooo awesome! Gorgeous tartelettes – I am so impressed 🙂

  48. creampuff says:

    Great job!

  49. Claire says:

    Your pie looks wonderful…or stars, should I say! Glad you enjoyed this new challenge. Your meringues are perfect.

  50. BrineS says:

    Oh! How clever and creative! I like your star tarts! Superb!

  51. Anita says:

    What a lovely and clever adaptation! I love them!

  52. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    You’re a star!

  53. Kristen says:

    Those are the most beautiful little tartlets I have ever seen! Wow! I’m impressed.

  54. Poonam says:

    Well done! I like the star shape.

  55. ley says:

    Ooh- I hope you’re having fun in the jungle! Your little pies look great!Okay, don’t hate me: I tagged you. lol. You don’t have to write anything, but…I just had to! You’re just so interesting!

  56. Katy says:

    look at how cute those are!!!!!

  57. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Shandy – The lime was delicious and I would highly recommend it!Peabody – Thanks!Princess – I thought they were cute too!Rachel – Thanks!Jenny – No, not many can say they are heading to the jungle right after a LMP marathon!Miss Ifi – Wish you could have been here, I was looking for someone to give them away to!Nan – No lemons, but the limes here are wonderful!Jasmine – Thanks!eatme – Thanks! First timers luck I think!Mary – Thanks! I cannot wait to bake together again soon.Fruit Tart – The key lime is definitely a winner for me. I like lemon, but i *love* lime!Sara – Thanks!Meeta – Thanks! I was wishing I had hearts or something fun like that when suddenly I realized stars would be perfect!Jen – Thanks!Creampuff – Thank you!Kristen – Thanks a lot!Poonam – I enjoyed something original also!Ley – Thanks! I am back and packing for another trip. You tagged me…because I am so interesting? LOLKaty – Thanks!

  58. ley says:

    YES, because you are interesting! I love hearing about life in Peru and traipsing through jungles! It’s always been a dream of mine to do something similar, so I like hearing about it. I figure you are the one who chose that adventure, so anything you say about your life must be just as interesting! 🙂

  59. Tartelette says:

    Wow…I am so behind with comments this month!! The stars are beautiful! I love the last picture…like it’s sticking your tongue at me, eheheh!!

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