Mini Lime Meringue Pies – Salter Giveaway

Mini Lime Meringue Pies

I was set a challenge this week to bake a mini cake or cupcake that described me. I chose to bake a mini pie/tart, so I suppose that means I must be someone who has little regard for rules. Especially considering I opted for a lime meringue pie, rather than the classic lemon.

The other twist with this recipe is that I used a sablé breton pastry, which is very similar to a shortbread biscuit. Knowing that chocolate and lime work well together, I decided to use a chocolate version of the sablé breton, which I topped with the lime curd I made a week ago and then finished off with an Italian meringue.

Sablé breton is a slightly strange pastry, because it contains baking powder, giving it a soft almost cake like consistency, this works really well with the sharp lime and sweet marshmallowy Italian meringue.

The pastry is very sticky and using flour to roll it out would alter the colour, so it’s best to roll this out between two sheets of baking parchment.

Chocolate Sable Breton When you’ve achieved the desired thickness (4-5mm), cut out rounds approximately 70mm in size and transfer these to a baking sheet to cook for 10 mins in a pre-heated oven. Chocolate Sable Breton

I used a lime curd to top my chocolate sablé breton, a recipe for which can be found here. These mini pies are very versatile and you could make one large pie by cutting out a large  24cm round of sablé breton, baking it for approximately 15-20mins at 180ºC and then topping with the curd (be sure to leave an edge without any curd) and finishing off with the meringue.

I decided to use an Italian meringue because I didn’t want to bake my lime meringue pies and I also love to have an excuse to my chef’s blowtorch. In an Italian meringue the egg whites are cooked through the addition of a boiling sugar syrup. This makes the meringue really marshmallow like and fluffy. The meringue was piped around the outside of the lime curd to encase it fully and then it was piped upwards in a swirl.

Mini Lime Meringue Pies

After the meringue is piped, all that remains is to take a blowtorch to them and scorch the outside of the meringue to give it a light crunch. These little pies are great to make as they can be assembled in stages, making them a perfect dessert for a party. You could make the biscuit, curd and meringue in advance and simply assemble them just before guests arrive or you can make them up to a day in advance. The chocolate sablé breton does become quite soft, so you may want to cover them with a layer of melted chocolate and allow that to set, before adding the curd and the meringue. The chocolate would act as a barrier to the moisture and keep the biscuit crumbly.

Mini Lime Meringue Pies

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Here’s the recipe for the Mini Lime Meringue Pies:

MINI LIME MERINGUE PIES
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
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Serves: 12
 
A change to the classic lemon meringue pie, this recipe uses chocolate sable breton topped with lime curd and Italian meringue. The recipe and method is for individual pies, but if you wanted to make one large pie you could. The pastry will make more than you need for this recipe, but as the pastry is shortbread like, you can just cut out as many round as you like and bake them to eat separately. Lemon or Lime curd can be used and the recipes for both can be found in the recipe section. You will need a thermometer for making the Italian Meringue.
Ingredients
  • ***Sable Breton***
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 130g Sugar
  • 150g Softened Butter
  • 175g Plain Flour
  • 25g Cocoa Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 11g Baking Powder
  • ***Italian Meringue***
  • 125g Sugar
  • 40g Water
  • 70g Egg Whites (About 2)
Instructions
  1. ****Chocolate Sable Breton****
  2. In a bowl or a food mixer, beat the egg yolks with the sugar. When they're thick and creamy add the butter and continue to beat it.
  3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Beat this into the egg mixture until smooth.
  4. Flatten the pastry into a disc, wrap in cling-film and chill for at least 2 hours.
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 180 Degrees and line two baking trays with baking parchment
  6. Remove the pastry from the fridge and roll it out between two sheets of baking parchment. The pastry is very sticky (rolling it out on a floured surface will alter the colour) and this will help stop it sticking to the worktop.
  7. Roll the pastry out to 4-5mm thick and using a cookie cutter stamp out round about 70mm in size. You need at least 12, but you will get more. At this point you can freeze the remaining pastry for use at a later date, or you can cut out more rounds and eat them like shortbread.
  8. Place the rounds on the trays and cook for 10 minutes, turning halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  9. ****Italian Meringue****
  10. Combine 100g of the sugar and the water in a saucepan.
  11. Cook over a medium heat, until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil washing down any crystals on the sides of the pan with a moistened pastry brush.
  12. Dip the thermometer into the syrup, until if registers 244F or 118C.
  13. Meanwhile place the egg whites and 25g of the sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment fitted. Just before the sugar is ready, whip the eggs at medium speed until they hold a soft peak.
  14. Turn the mixer up to high and carefully pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the whites and whip until the mixture cools to room temperature, this should take about 10 minutes.
  15. Spoon the meringue into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.
  16. ****Assemble the pies****
  17. Take 12 of the shortbread rounds and heap a teaspoon of lime curd in the centre.
  18. Pipe round the outside of the curd and work upward to completely conceal the filling and finish the pies with a swirl.
  19. Repeat that step 11 more times.
  20. Take a chef's blowtorch and gently scorch all of the mini meringue pies.
Quite often I come across recipes that use cups as a measurement for the ingredients. Whilst this is probably fine for savoury dishes, there is no way this would be accurate enough for baking. For recipes like this one, it’s vital to weigh all of the ingredients accurately.

I use a set of Salter Electronic scales, these allow me to measure dry and wet ingredients and they have a handy reset button, so I can use one bowl for many ingredients, re-setting the scales back to zero for each addition.

This ties nicely into the giveaway I am running which is to win a set of Salter Aquatronic Dome Scales (these retail for £65 at John Lewis) and some Lurpak vouchers for products from their new ‘Cooks Range’  including Baking, Cooking Liquid, Cooking Mist and Clarified Butter, along with some of their recipe cards. I’m afraid this is only open to residents of the UK as it would cost too much to post this overseas.

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To be in with a chance, enter using the options below.

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Thanks for reading and good luck with the competition, entries close midnight(GMT) on 30th September 2014, UK Entrants Only.

Angela

 

33 Responses

  1. Jodie Dodd

    These look like they would be fun to just pop in your mouth! My first thought was that the meringue looked like roasted marshmallow so it’s kind of cool that they have a marshmallow-y texture. I like that there’s a nice little surprise in the middle. Can you use something other than curd? Would’ve loved to have entered the contest. Not only am I in the wrong country and I’m a month behind too. *sighs* 🙂 x

  2. Sara Goodman

    I’d buy butter, and I’d bake a luscious lemon cake. Yum 🙂
    Lovely giveaway, thank you xx

  3. Stephanie Coals

    Those pies look absolutely gorgeous… you’ve tempted me to make some now!!

  4. Claire

    If I won I’d donate it to my other half who is starting to get his bake on after being inspired by all the Master Chef / Great British Bake-off programmes and getting food envy. And conveniently he bust our scales by dropping them recently (his last effort wasn’t so good as he guestimated some ingredients) :0(

    He can make a pretty mean white chocolate Victoria sponge cake normally though… :0)

    • patisseriemakesperfect

      I thought Chris was the baker in the your house, glad I’m right. I have seen the cakes that you take to work, does someone else bake those too? Yes guessing with cake ingredients normally means you’ll have cement…

      • Claire

        Chris is defiantly the BAKER, the only sweet thing I cook is cookies :0)
        His mum was the master baker but sadly she passed away just before Christmas unexpectedly. The Victoria sponge is the only tried & tested recipe he has of hers, the rest are sadly gone with her as no one knows where she wrote them down (if she even did that!). Think it’s what sparked his baking off.

        • patisseriemakesperfect

          Oh Claire, I’m so sorry, I had no idea. It’s horrible when you have memories of certain foods, but no way to recreate them. She must have been an amazing baker if she had all of those recipes in her head. I still very much rely on books 🙂
          Glad it’s got him into baking now, when it goes right, it’s very relaxing!

  5. katie skeoch

    I would make some shortbread, it’s my go to recipe when the Autumn starts creeping in

  6. claire

    Having been kitchenless for a while and now hoping to be homed by christmas I’ve a to-bake list longer than my arm. And I’m monkey-like in proportions! Whilst my mum’s nagging me to resume biscuit duty (brown butter shortbread app. cures cancer…) and I’ve a birthday cake to design and concoct novembertime, first up would have to be an old-style genoa or farmhouse fruit cake with obligatory glacé cherries to say thank you to my grandparents for giving me their spare room -and themselves- between homes. Wake and bake the next day too, of course… 😉
    Can’t blame you for breaking out the blowtorch! Who wouldn’t? And Salter are the go-to for scales. Hadn’t seen these but they’re PRETTY.

  7. kellyjo walters

    well halloween is coming so Ill make pumpkin muffins

  8. William Gould

    Wife makes a lot of scones, so they would probably be first. Lovely when fresh and even nicer when slightly stale but then toasted and spread with butter!

  9. Tracey Peach

    The first recipe I would use the scales & vouchers for would be a Anniversary cake for my parents xxx

  10. Vicki du Plessis

    They look absolutely yum. I’ll have to give the sable Breton a try during my next batch of pastry experiments…this time I’m only making it as I’m ready to use it after this weeks wastage! 😉

    • patisseriemakesperfect

      Hey Vicki, you can always freeze your pastry and then thaw it overnight in the fridge. I always make my pastry in advance to give me more time when I bake in an evening. I quite often make more pastry than I need and freeze half.

  11. olivia Kirby

    I would make some Pumpkin and Orange cupcakes with my daughter

      • olivia Kirby

        Yes I just used cream cheese with a bit of icing sugar and fresh orange juice in the frosting 🙂

  12. Alexandra Wood

    How fabulous they look. What a coincidence, as I was only reading about Breton Sable pastry the other day. 🙂

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