Hello all! I am back!
It has been a crazy few weeks with a few posts here and there. But, now things have calmed down a bit and I am back to posting more!
We dropped my parents off to the airport yesterday morning. It was sad to see them leave! But it was such a fun time while they were here. For today and tomorrow’s post, I am going to share with you some recipes that my mom cooked for us while she was here. It was so nice to have a home cooked meal!!!
Lemon Meringue Pie:
Ok, so I crave lemon meringue pie. Like, I absolutely love it, but I haven’t been able to find a gluten and dairy free version of it. But, my mom found a great recipe that was so delish. Here it is:
we used a pre made gluten free and dairy free pie shell
- FOR THE FILLING
- 1/3 cup gluten-free plain flour (preferably White Wings)
- 1/3 cup gluten-free cornflour (preferably White Wings)
- 250g fine caster sugar
- 1 cup (250ml) lemon juice
- 1 cup (250ml) water
- 6 egg yolks (keep the white for the meringue)
- 2 tbsp lactose-free margarine (like Nuttelex)
- FOR THE MERINGUE
- 7 egg whites (use whites from separated eggs from pastry and filling)
- pinch cream of tartar
- 375g fine caster sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
Prep: 2 hours | Cook: 30 minutes | Extra time: 6 hours, cooling
FOR THE PASTRY: This makes approximately 375g of pastry, enough to line a 23-25cm pie dish. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Sift the flour, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl until light (sift at least 3 times) and combined. Chop the chilled marg and scatter over the flour. Rub together with the flour using your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. As you rub the marg into the flour lift it up high before letting it fall back into the bowl (this helps aerate the mixture).
Whisk the egg and water together. Make a well in the centre of the flour/marg mixture and add the liquid. Using a flat bladed knife, mix the dough using a cutting motion (rather than a stirring) until the dough comes together (or alternatively use the dough blades on an electric mixer to combine the dough). The dough should hold together, though if it is too dry, gradually add water until the right consistency. Avoid adding too much water as this will toughen the pastry. If the dough is too sticky add additional flour.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently press the dough into a ball and flatten (avoid over kneading as this toughens the pastry). Cover the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes (this helps prevent shrinkage during cooking). Unwrap the dough and roll out between 2 pieces of baking paper with a rolling pin until large enough to cover the base and sides of a 23-25cm pie dish (approx 30cm in diameter). Heavily grease the pie dish with additional Nuttelex then invert the rolled pastry. Trim the edges and decorate the rim with a fork. Prick the base with a fork then blind bake the pastry for 15 minutes. Remove the blind baking materials and bake the pastry for an additional 15-20 minutes or until it is starting to turn golden. Remove and set aside while making the lemon filling.
FOR THE LEMON CURD FILLING: Sift the flours and sugar together into a medium saucepan. Slowly stir in the lemon juice using a fork or whisk until smoothly combined. Over medium heat gradually add the water, continuing to whisk as you go. Continue to stir/whisk the mixture over medium heat until it begins to thicken. When thick remove from heat and whisk in the butter and the egg yolks. Return to low heat and stir constantly until very thick. Spread the filling over the pastry base and allow to stand until it has begun to cool.
FOR THE MERINGUE: In a clean dry bowl, using an electric mixer, gradually beat the egg whites together until they form soft peaks. Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat until the peaks begin to stiffen. Gradually add the caster sugar, beating vigorously on high until the meringue is thick and glossy and all the sugar has been added. Quickly beat through the vanilla essence. Once the lemon filling is cooled down, gently spoon the meringue onto of the lemon filling in the pie dish, making peaks with a fork/knife.
BAKING: Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C. Place the pie in the centre of the oven and bake for 10-15, or until the meringue has just started to turn golden. Turn the oven off and allow the pie to cool in the oven overnight, or until ready to serve. NOTE: if serving hot/warm the lemon filling may not be completely firm/set – it’s still delicious, just a little more messy!
The beautiful chef herself: