Yup! you guess it right. It's time for the Daring Baker's Challenge. This month's challenge is Lemon Meringue Pie, its hosted by Jen of Canadian Baker. To be honest, when I found out that the challenge will be a lemon meringue pie, I wasn't even scared or excited because well...I did it before, eions ago and it didn't turn out well. My crust, after a while turn out soggy because my eggwhites were weeping. I've read somewhere that its due to having a humid environment. Me living in Manila, we have a very himid environment, Wow! lucky me right!?!
When I finally got the chance to get started on my pie, Mother Nature was with me. Outside was cool and breezy. I thought everything would be great, I spoke too soon. What I hate most in making pies is making the crust. Me and crust making are mortal enemies!!! Jeez! this one is no different! I really got to get that food processor that I have been eyeing for quite sometime now, I can't really make them by hand. My crust turned out flaky but tough, by dog love the leftovers though. The filling, hmmmm.... it's procedure is quite different from what I used too. For one thing, the lemen filling that I use to make doesn't contain corn starch so I was a bit hesitant do follow the recipe as is. However, I kept thinking....this is a Daring Baker challenge so I don't have a choice but to follow the recipe. Well, I'm happy to say that I didn't regret it, the filling was nice but lacks a little more lemon love the texture when it was still warm. After than it seems like it gelled, maybe I should have pour it directly in the tart shell while warm instead of waiting for to cool off, still tasted good though. Hmmmm...the meringue, you ask??? welll...I love the meringue with its soft billowy texture and roasted top, like a marshmallow but much better. ;p
I'm planning to do this again so that I can berfect my crust. The truth is that's just an excuse to make lemon custard, I recently adore lemons.