This week I chose meringue with the full intention of making meringue cookies for Christopher. He loves them! I usually make them for Christmas. BUT.....I happened to fall into a bag of lemons this week from a colleague. Citrus trees are everywhere across the valley, and the fruits are coming into season around here in Phoenix. So of course, I had to make Lemon Meringue Pie. It is most likely my favorite pie because I can't think of a better pie at the moment. I was also blessed to find a recipe in my new America's Test Kitchen cookbook. The meringue is made with cooked cornstarch to stabilize the it and prevent it from shrinking or beading/sweating. And sure enough, this method works! Matt missed out though because he touring the Southeast for work, but he might get his own pie if he brings me some more cookies home. 😁
I used a store-bought crust. Ain't nobody got time for that!
Meringue or merengue..
Seems like there's a little dance going on this week.
Okay.. So this past Sunday family dinner was all about comfort food. So I did my best to incorporate meringue into the menu.
Initially I was going to make Lemon Meringue Pie Bites. But the lemon curd was kinda gross so I ended up making the meringue nests and filled them with a strawberry fluff concoction.
These were a big big hit. The husband even commented on it several times.. Days later. He said the dinner was a big success and the little meringue pie bites ended it nicely.
Lemon meringue pie is one of my favorite desserts, but I have never made one myself…until now! It was easier than I expected, and the part that surprised me was that I already had all of the ingredients. I will probably try a different recipe next time, or make some adjustments to this one. I feel like it needs a thicker layer of meringue. And next time I will pay closer attention to the pie when it’s cooking instead so it isn’t as brown. :) My bad. Still a success though!
Original recipe from thespruce.com
I was unable to meet this week's challenge. However, I am making great progress in my coloring book!
Meringue and adult coloring books.. It was a good week.
Nikita, Georgia, Jen and Amy
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