So, life handed you a bag of lemons…

by Shawnda on January 31, 2008

in Blog Events,Pies and Tarts

Lemon Meringue Pie

You could freeze ‘em ’til they’re hard and throw ‘em back but that’s just mean (and quite possibly a felony). Or you could make pie.

When life hands you lemons, make pie!
That should be the Daring Bakers‘ official motto for January! Jen at The Canadian Baker is hosting this month’s challenge, Lemon Meringue Pie.

I. Love. Meringue. Love, love, love it.

It brings warm & fuzzy memories of working in my parents’ bakery. Watching Mom do the meringues was watching an artist in action. She would reach into the bowl of the Hobart, scoop out a huge mound of meringue, and slap it on to each pie. Then she spun the pie in her other hand, working quickly, yet deliberately, to form the “hair” on the meringue – meringue spikes with ends that fell into perfect loops. Into the oven and then into the customers’ boxes the pies went.

Lemon Meringue Pie

I’m fascinated with multi-step desserts. They’re time consuming, sure, but what else is a girl to do on Sunday afternoons now that football season is over? (Please don’t say laundry.) To make a lemon meringue pie DB-style, you gotta make the pastry crust, make the custard filling, make the meringue. Everything but grow the lemons :)

Lemon Meringue Pie

Meringue can be a challenge. It can shrink and pull back from the crust, it could get icky and weepy if you decide to admire the pie rather than eat it, and it can catch flame if you forget about it under the broiler.

I rather enjoyed the recipe. The filling set nicely and the pies were devoured as soon as they came out of the oven (and had their pictures taken, of course). The only decision I had to make was how to style the meringue – spikey loops, simple and low, or sky-high swirly mounds… as you can see, I made no decisions. The only real thing I had problems with was this post… “Publish” and “Preview” are too close together on my layout so my reveal nearly sneaked out a couple of hours early.

How did the other Daring Bakers style their meringues? Check out the blogroll and see for yourself! For the recipe, head on over to Jen’s.

See y’all next month!

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 peabody January 28, 2008 at 2:41 am

They look great.

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2 Gretchen Noelle January 28, 2008 at 6:14 am

These look very nice, I am sure they were delicious! Great job!

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3 Candace January 28, 2008 at 7:43 am

Nice tart!

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4 Amber January 28, 2008 at 7:59 am

They look awesome! I love that you were able to make so many different meringue patterns, the spikey loops are my favorite. :)

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5 ashley January 28, 2008 at 8:21 am

they look great!

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6 BC January 28, 2008 at 8:29 am

I love lemon meringue pie too and this recipe was delicious.

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7 Jerry January 28, 2008 at 10:58 am

Love the swirls! Oh so beautiful!

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8 Bev January 28, 2008 at 11:02 am

they look great and have perfect spikeyness!

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9 Nicole January 28, 2008 at 11:36 am

I love the piping!

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10 Jennifer January 28, 2008 at 11:41 am

Looks great! Love your pictures.

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11 Tempered Woman January 28, 2008 at 11:55 am

“Everything but grow the lemons.” Haha! I was all bragging up doing everything from scratch with my kid and she gets all smart alecky on me and says- “geesh mom- you act like you grew the lemons and pooped out the eggs yourself.” Those kids- but I guess that’s why God invented duct tape.
Really beautiful pics- congrats on some gorgeous lemon meringue tarts!

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12 Kate January 28, 2008 at 11:58 am

I love the high topping. It’s like the meringue is reaching for the sky.

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13 Deborah January 28, 2008 at 12:09 pm

They look so perfect!!!

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14 Tiffany January 28, 2008 at 1:40 pm

I also love multi-step desserts….maybe thats why I’m not a big cookie baker????

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15 Simone January 28, 2008 at 6:44 pm

Lovely!!!

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16 Carla January 28, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Look beautiful and I love your photography.

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17 Kevin January 28, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Great looking meringue! Nice photos!

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18 MrsPresley January 28, 2008 at 8:56 pm

your tartelettes are beautiful! great job!

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19 chris January 28, 2008 at 9:44 pm

They look beautiful! The piping and browning is perfect. :)

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20 darva January 28, 2008 at 10:15 pm

OMGOSH! Those are BEAUTIFUL! I wish I was as talented with Meringue, mine never looks that awesome. hehe

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21 Danielle January 28, 2008 at 11:38 pm

I love the texture of your meringues. Lots of whimsy!

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22 Dolores January 29, 2008 at 12:20 am

I am so-ooooo with you on this one Shawnda. Meringues are MUCH more fun than laundry. Gorgeous job with January’s challenge.

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23 Jess January 29, 2008 at 12:24 am

They look great! Well done

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24 Sarah January 29, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Your meringues are beautiful! I bet they taste as good as they look.

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25 Andrea January 29, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Your tarts look wonderful!

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26 Beth G January 29, 2008 at 9:23 pm

WOW- When life hands you lemons you make some STUNNING lil’tarts!!! They look FANTASTIC, great job :O)

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27 steph January 30, 2008 at 6:34 am

those little pies have beautiful “hairstyles!”

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28 Carrie January 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Looks Good!

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29 Michelle January 30, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Beautiful!!!

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30 Cheryl January 31, 2008 at 7:52 pm

I had the same problem with the preview and post buttons. I had to hurry up and take it off the site the night before. These are awesome little creations, I love the way your meringue browned.

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31 Lisa January 31, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Very cute :) Are those black tart pans?

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32 foodiebride February 1, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Thanks, guys!

Lisa – Yes, those tart pans are black. They were a Christmas present from my mother- and father-in-law.

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33 Claire February 2, 2008 at 7:47 pm

I think your tarts are great! Think that I must get some tart pans, because this would be a wonderful pie to do in tiny portions.

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34 Bellini Valli February 5, 2008 at 7:17 pm

I just LOVE all the little tartlettes I am seeing out there. See you next month for the next DB challenge :)

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35 Ivonne February 7, 2008 at 6:52 pm

Those little pies are a thing of beauty!

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