Monday, 28 January 2008

EDIT: It's finished ! Little Foodies and the Daring Bakers Lemon Meringue Pie

Not sure why I felt the need to leave this to the very last minute, it's becoming a bit of a habit.....

Posting day arrived and yet again I still haven't made the LMP (Lemon Meringue Pie). I've read a few things about this LMP. Throughout the month on the Daring Bakers Blog I've seen some stunning ones, some runny ones and well to be honest... meringue scares me, pastry scares me, making lemon curd scares me!

But out of my comfort zone I come - I WILL make the LMP today and I'll post it on time too! I have just under 12 hours and counting!


EDIT: These are in the oven OKAY, OKAY, Please should I ever leave another thing to the last minute have me taken outside and SHOT! I could excuse myself and say it's because of my back and how good I am to have done it anyway, blah, blah... Please order my wings and halo... more blah. But no, it's because I'm seriously good at procrastinating.. I'm tired, can't waffle on properly... Here in pictures is what I've been doing for the last few hours... As well as juggling a few other things... Daring Bakers... sounds about right to me!


I want to say thank you to Jen at The Canadian Baker for hosting this month. Such a good choice. I know that I've learned a lot but I have to sleep on it tonight before I can put in to words exactly what it is. I was afraid of pastry, and it was my first time for making lemon curd and meringue so I was seriously out of my comfort zone today. That can only be a good thing! You can check out how all the other DB's got on by going to the DB blogroll.

I know one lesson learned before I go lie parallel and watch television/sleep... I wish I hadn't let it get so brown, I like meringue to be pearly white.

Oh... and is my lemon curd runny? Nope! ...and is it delicious? Yes definitely! Even though I like meringue more cooked than this it's still really good.

54 comments:

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Go Amanda. You can do it!!

slush said...

Slacker! :P

Megan said...

Where is that pie girl? ;)
I'll come back as your probably eating a piece right now. Of course due to research for the DB

Deborah said...

I just made mine last night - I'm a last minute gal as well!

Baking Soda said...

Breath sweetie, breath! You can do it, keep stirring and read that recipe twice!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Tanna, they are in the oven as I type!!

Hi Slush, takes one to know one! ;)

Hi Megan, I wish I had been, when I got your message I was only just about to start on the pastry. Three hours after my first post.

Hi Deboarah, Glad I'm not the only one!

Hi Baking Soda, I'm breathing! JUST! Read it twice. OMG! I hope I've done it right! We'll know in twenty minutes plus cooling time.

What a twit I am!
Thanks for your comments. Please remind me to do the next challenge at the start of the month.
Amanda xx

DaviMack said...

You've had time for it to cool. Did it survive? Did YOU?

Tartelette said...

Gorgeous! Well worth the work and great Daring Baker spirit!! Woohoo!

Quellia said...

Yahoo you made it!
Okay, heading on over to England right after the next challenge is announced to make you do it right away (oh don't I wish I could do that!)
Nice work!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

I did David - it did, I did! Yippee!

Helen, thank you!

Jenny, wouldn't it be great if you could, you'd be more than welcome!

Thanks
Amanda x

Michelle said...

Yay! Congratulations! I'm an even BIGGER slacker - I haven't even tried a DBC yet!! Now go have another piece and enjoy your victory...

Pig in the Kitchen said...

oh it looks so beautiful! My mum used to make LMP, i loved it with a real sharp kick in the curd (?!). You are very clever...i really want to bury my face into it. Congratulations!
Pigx

Aimée said...

Super nice job, Amanda! Your lemon curd is so firm. Very Impressive! My mouth is watering right now at the thought of that lemon flavor.

Annemarie said...

Hey, it came out fabulously! I do like how you've let your pictures speak a thousand words in the post. :) Well done - perhaps next month you need to fool yourself into believing baking/posting day is a week earlier than it really is...?

Kevin said...

Your LMP looks great! The meringue is nice and golden brown. I procrastinated too much as well. I started making it at 8pm on sunday... Next month I will have to try making it as soon as its posted.

Chris said...

Me too! Last minute DBer...finished up late last night. I like the contrast with the dark top and the white inside of the meringue. Yum!

Marie said...

Ohhh Amanda, that looks absolutely fab fab FAULOUS! I loved this recipe myself. I have never had a better Lemon Meringue Pie and this shall be the one I use from now on! I think your pie is just lovely! Hope the family enjoyed!

Pat said...

Well done Amanda, those pies look sooooooooo yummy!!!!

Truffle said...

What a triumph Amanda! I simply left it too late this time so am impressed you squeezed it in. Looks fabulous!

Meeta said...

Oh Amanda, you do make things rather exciting. LOL! Fantastic work on the LMP! Looks divine!

~Amber~ said...

Your pies look wonderful! Great job.

amberskitchen.blogspot.com

Maryann said...

It looks great from here :)

I(dot)J said...

I'm always nervous when I'm given times in a recipe. I normally cut it down by 10 minutes and then 'watch it like a hawk' until it looks like the way I want it too. I tasted mine a little too early also, but that was ok... it was still de.lic.ous.
Looking great... good job.

Iisha

joey said...

Amanda your pie looks perfect! Your crust is nice and well behaved...filling so wonderfully firm! I need you to discipline my pie ;)

KayKat said...

Yay! Done! Congratulations :)

I was a last-minute baker too, but it all worked out great!

Angel said...

Procrastination aside, your pie turned out fantastic. I think the meringue looks nice and fluffy. What a great pie!

Tanya said...

Looks fabulous! Congrats.

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

Fabulous pie, Amanda...I'm a sucker for homemade lemon meringue.

Karen said...

Love all the photos! Your lemon curd looks divine.

Nora B. said...

Oh Amanda, maybe you are addicted to the adrenalin rush of the consequences of procrastination. I do that often ;-)

Your pie looks delicious! I know what you mean about the meringue though. The second time I made this recipe, I used the baking temperature of my old recipe i.e. used a very low temperature (similar to making a pavlova). This way, the meringue gets cooked and also remains light in colour.

chou said...

Beauty! So proud of you for doing it ON posting day! :)

KJ said...

yaay, you made it and it looks fabulous. well done!!!!

Melanie said...

Way to go on persevering _ I think I would have used one of those good excuses and gone to bed. Your pie turned out lovely - so glad you didn't have the runny issues so many of us did. Love the step-by-step photos, too!

Jen said...

Yummmeee! Your pie looks stellar! :)

Candace said...

Awesome! I think the color is great...

Andrea said...

Ah, another mom who put it off until the last minute! Nah, call it "live blogging the challenge!" ha ha ha

Your pies look great, even if the meringue browned more than you liked.

Aparna said...

Your pies look pretty nice. Maybe being scared and under pressure brings out the pie maker in you. :)You seemed to have managed quite a few good pictures into the packed pie schedule too.

Lane said...

It looks great, even if you left it until the last minute.
Jane of VeganBits.com

Dhanggit said...

hehehe, goodluck :-)

Deborah said...

I think it turned out wonderful - and no runny lemon!

Elle said...

Such a pretty pie, even the tan meringue 'cuz when you slice a piece it contrasts so nicely with the white inside. Beautiful filling, too. Mmmm.

Dolores said...

Well you beat me... I'm still a day or two away from my LMP. I'm blaming it on a sinus infection. This month. But I need to get better about the procrastination bug too. How 'bout we bake February's challenge together (if only virtually together)? Early in the month? :)

Tracy said...

Looks wonderful!! Great job!

Kelly-Jane said...

You did really well in the end! Well done :)

african vanielje said...

Oh Well done. It seems to be coming a bit of a habit with me too. Well done for facing all your Waterloo's in one go, they look great

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Holy mackrel Amanda. I love it. It really looks lovely golden brown. So glad you enjoyed it!!! I know I did.

Cakespy said...

Oh, I like the meringues browned like that. Very nice!

Peabody said...

Way to get out of your comfort zone and make a great pie.

Margaret said...

I was eating that lemon meringue pie as I scrolled down the page looking at the photo's. It looks wonderful. So much work is involved and then you just have to eat the lot!

farmingfriends said...

This does look delicious. Sara from farmingfriends

Anonymous said...

Amanda, I don't know where you find the time - this is my favourite desert and all I want to do on the cold snowy morning is get in the car and drive the 350+ miles to your house for a large slice - when we next come I hope this will be on the menu.
Mamxxxx

Sara said...

Your meringue is so perfectly brown! PS - I love your Magimix.

Tempered Woman said...

Hey! Everything turned out great. I actually like the meringue to be a nice toasty outside. I love that crunchy then soft inside. It's the best. So looks perfect to me- great job!

Claire said...

Your pie looks great! I got mine too brown as well. Glad you didn't have any runniness.

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