Monday, January 28, 2008

Daribg Baker's Challenge, January 08: Lemon Meringue Pie!




This is it--my first Daring Bakers Challenge! I joined for the December challenge, but unfortunately I was unable to compete. But now January, 2008 is here, and it's a new year that I officially dedicate to making myself a better baker and artist. I hope joining the Daring Bakers willl help this, and so far I think it will, I really do!

This months challenge was hosted by http://canadianbaker.blogspot.com/

So, onto the story!

I started out with making the crust. I didn't have and fancy food processor or pastry cutter so I had to use the ol' two knife method, which I've only sort of witnessed, never practiced. I thought I wouldn't be able to get the "course meal" to stick together, but I somehow managed to force most of it into a ball long enough to put it in a container and chill it for the given time. half hour later, I rolled it out and put it in the pie pan. It was uneven and definitely not the prettiest, but when I tried playing around with it, it wanted to break. So I stuck with it. I used rice instead of dried beans or pie weights for the blind baking, as that was the only thing I had. First time doing a blind bake. After removing the tin foil I found a slight puttle of sizzling butter on the crust but let it continue baking a while longer. Pieces that were hovering out of the pie pan broke and fell onto the oven bottom, which caused a fire in the oven about 5 minutes before I baked the meringue. Thanks goodness for Daddy! LOL.

The filling cam out beautiful and delicious. Definitely a keeper!

Meringue: love, love, love it! SO fluffy and yummy with the sligt crisp brown parts.

I wanted to make this pie more eye-pleasing, but I was running out of time. The pie was in the oven at 6:08 and I hade to be somewhere at 6:30, and I hadn't even eaten dinner yet! Next time, I'll make sure I have more time.

First time ever tasting this kind of pie, I really couldn't stop myself from having two pieces! I had to make sure it was fit for my family, ya'know? ^-^

I had a tiny bit of left over pie crust, so I made my brother a little cherry tart-thing. Made me wish I did all tarts, no big pie!

23 comments:

~Amber~ said...

Your pie looks wonderful! Congratulations on completing the challenge.

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Colette said...

Thank you so much!

Karen said...

Your pie looks so yummy. I love your meringue top. And kudos for using two knives for your crust!

Deborah said...

That looks like a perfect meringue!!

michelle said...

Your pie looks great!

Meryl said...

Your lemon curd looks so good!

Andrea said...

Your pie looks great! Congrats on your first challenge!

Dolores said...

f-f-fifteen?!? I wouldn't have had the patience to make the pastry with a food processor at fifteen, let alone pulling out two knives and doing it my grandmother's way. Congratulations, and welcome. It's an honor to have you among us.

Princess of the kitchen said...

Great looking LMP. Well done!

Big Boys Oven said...

oh so lovely! Congrats to you! Can wait for next one right!

Colette said...

Wow! Thanks, everyone. I feel all giddy now, seeing all these wonderful comments! My heart jumped when I saw 10 coments! It really boosts my confidence seeing these.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Looks beautiful!! Great job!!

Kim Stone said...

You certainly had an adventurous challenge. Great job working through it.

the chocolate lady מרת שאקאלאד said...

wonderful, colette,

I agree that tarts are thrilling in a way pies just can't approach. the lemon recipe in particular is well suited to the tart medium.

KayKat said...

I'm the same, I'd rather stick with little tarts. Congratulations on your maiden attempt, looks great!

breadchick said...

Great job on your first challenge! Welcome to Daring Bakers.

Lunch Buckets said...

Congratulations on your first success!

Jen Yu said...

Great! You did a terrific job on your first challenge. That extra little tart is cute too :)

Colette said...

Thank you! Everyone is really encouraging! You guys are such great inspirations.

creampuff said...

Those are just adorable!

Claire said...

So glad you joined us! Your pie looks great.

BrineS said...

Super job on your first challenge! It was my first challenge with Daring Bakers, too! I am really enjoying this group.

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Good for you Colette...your enthusiam is infectious & inspiring! Great to see a young Db...Lovely LMP!!