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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.



59 Responses to “Meringue With a Lime Twist”

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

    Posted by Dolores | January 28, 2008, 2:40 am
  2. I can imagine the lime filling was fantastic. Beautiful job!

    Posted by Susan | January 28, 2008, 3:35 am
  3. Wow they do look beautiful!

    Posted by Aamena | January 28, 2008, 5:29 am
  4. That’s so pretty – well done!

    Posted by aforkfulofspaghetti | January 28, 2008, 5:33 am
  5. 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)

    Posted by bbaking | January 28, 2008, 6:25 am
  6. I adore those star shaped pies of yours…well done!

    Posted by sunita | January 28, 2008, 6:33 am
  7. Wow, I love your star shaped LMP! I had no luck with my Mini-Pies. But the big one was okay.

    Posted by zorra | January 28, 2008, 7:20 am
  8. Stars! I love them! And mini pies to boot! :-)They look fabulous!

    Posted by Ann | January 28, 2008, 7:50 am
  9. Lovely! Nice browning of your meringue too.

    Posted by Candace | January 28, 2008, 8:15 am
  10. 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!

    Posted by Suzana | January 28, 2008, 8:25 am
  11. I love the little LMP stars!! They are a star in the DB challenge!!!

    Posted by Bellini Valli | January 28, 2008, 8:28 am
  12. Lovely! And adapting recipes to local ingredients is the best part of cooking and baking.

    Posted by Lydia | January 28, 2008, 8:48 am
  13. 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!

    Posted by MyKitchenInHalfCups | January 28, 2008, 9:37 am
  14. Your star-shaped pies are lovely, Gretchen! I imagine a lime filling is particularly tasty, too!Excellent job with the DB challenge!

    Posted by culinography | January 28, 2008, 9:45 am
  15. Wonderful pies, Gretchen. Your meringue browned beautifully!

    Posted by Madam Chow | January 28, 2008, 10:22 am
  16. 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.

    Posted by Tempered Woman | January 28, 2008, 10:41 am
  17. Your neighbor must have been thrilled to get her own pie! These look great. Thanks for the shout out!

    Posted by Karen | January 28, 2008, 10:44 am
  18. Your lilltle pies are sooo cute! Love the high peaks of meringue!

    Posted by Half Baked | January 28, 2008, 11:06 am
  19. I love the stars, they are so cute! Your meringues look great too!Have a great trip!

    Posted by JennDZ - The Leftover Queen | January 28, 2008, 11:11 am
  20. this is incredible lovely….. I was dreaming of stars and I saw them here…so cool! amazing!

    Posted by Big Boys Oven | January 28, 2008, 11:11 am
  21. Wonderful tarts!

    Posted by ostwestwind | January 28, 2008, 11:22 am
  22. I love the little stars! I’m going to have to start thinking outside the box. And lime to boot.

    Posted by Megan | January 28, 2008, 11:38 am
  23. I love your pretty little pies! What a great idea to use limes. I will have to try this one with key limes.

    Posted by StickyGooeyCreamyChewy | January 28, 2008, 1:15 pm
  24. The stars are wonderful!! The lime sounds fantastic!

    Posted by Deborah | January 28, 2008, 1:24 pm
  25. Your pies look great! I’m interested in seeing your comparison. Are you going to make it again using your regular sugar?

    Posted by Quellia | January 28, 2008, 1:42 pm
  26. I’m jealous of your warm weather! It’s freaking freezing here.Your lemon…oops, I mean, lime meringue pies look delish!

    Posted by Emiline | January 28, 2008, 2:17 pm
  27. What pretty little stars!

    Posted by Meryl | January 28, 2008, 3:09 pm
  28. Those are beautiful! I love the star shape and the little peaks of meringue. Great job on your first ever meringue!

    Posted by Cookie baker Lynn | January 28, 2008, 3:45 pm
  29. Your stars are awesome!I think I would have actually liked a lime meringue pie better so yours would have been fantastic!

    Posted by Brilynn | January 28, 2008, 6:11 pm
  30. I bet they tasted wonderful, and the stars are just the bee’s knees.

    Posted by Annemarie | January 28, 2008, 6:17 pm
  31. Very cute tarts, Gretchen! The meringue looks amazing. Well done!

    Posted by Christina | January 28, 2008, 6:37 pm
  32. I’m obviously not the first one to say this but your stars are wonderful!

    Posted by Eva | January 28, 2008, 11:40 pm
  33. 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!

    Posted by Gretchen Noelle | January 29, 2008, 12:35 am
  34. 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

    Posted by Shandy | January 29, 2008, 12:42 am
  35. The star shape was an awesome idea!

    Posted by Peabody | January 29, 2008, 2:38 am
  36. What lovely star shaped tarts. Such a cute idea!

    Posted by Princess of the kitchen | January 29, 2008, 2:48 am
  37. wow gorgeous star-shaped tarts…very different

    Posted by Rachel | January 29, 2008, 4:05 am
  38. This is definitely the first DB post I have read that concludes with a trip to the jungle. Heee! Love the stars.

    Posted by Jenny | January 29, 2008, 9:19 am
  39. 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 ^_^

    Posted by Miss Ifi | January 29, 2008, 2:31 pm
  40. No lemons, wow. I love your stars…such a cute take on the challenge!

    Posted by Nan | January 29, 2008, 5:10 pm
  41. Absolutely wonderful–I love the spikey stars.j

    Posted by Jasmine | January 29, 2008, 7:48 pm
  42. Yum they look great! I love the little stars and your meringue is perfect! I’d love to try this lime version.

    Posted by eatme_delicious | January 30, 2008, 9:23 am
  43. 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!!

    Posted by breadchick | January 30, 2008, 10:51 am
  44. 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!

    Posted by Fruit tart | January 30, 2008, 2:24 pm
  45. I love these! They are so pretty, and your meringue is so pretty! Well done.

    Posted by Sara | January 31, 2008, 12:34 am
  46. You made the perfect shape for this challenge – it truly was a star LOL!Great job!

    Posted by Meeta | January 31, 2008, 1:46 am
  47. The star shape is soooo awesome! Gorgeous tartelettes – I am so impressed :)

    Posted by Jen Yu | January 31, 2008, 1:14 pm
  48. Great job!

    Posted by creampuff | January 31, 2008, 8:42 pm
  49. Your pie looks wonderful…or stars, should I say! Glad you enjoyed this new challenge. Your meringues are perfect.

    Posted by Claire | February 1, 2008, 6:56 pm
  50. Oh! How clever and creative! I like your star tarts! Superb!

    Posted by BrineS | February 2, 2008, 8:53 pm
  51. What a lovely and clever adaptation! I love them!

    Posted by Anita | February 3, 2008, 6:45 pm
  52. You’re a star!

    Posted by Susan from Food Blogga | February 4, 2008, 8:26 pm
  53. Those are the most beautiful little tartlets I have ever seen! Wow! I’m impressed.

    Posted by Kristen | February 4, 2008, 10:12 pm
  54. Well done! I like the star shape.

    Posted by Poonam | February 5, 2008, 5:37 pm
  55. 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!http://cilantroandlime.blogspot.com/2008/02/youre-it.html

    Posted by ley | February 6, 2008, 11:13 am
  56. look at how cute those are!!!!!

    Posted by Katy | February 6, 2008, 4:15 pm
  57. 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!

    Posted by Gretchen Noelle | February 6, 2008, 6:09 pm
  58. 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! :)

    Posted by ley | February 6, 2008, 11:43 pm
  59. 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!!

    Posted by Tartelette | February 9, 2008, 1:49 am

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