Lemon Meringue Pie – Great British Bake Off Rambling II

Lemon Meringue Pie – Great British Bake Off Rambling II

Following last week’s not so snappy brandy snaps, I then set myself up for the challenge of pies. Not quite confident enough to do the pork pie and always one to go for the easy one, I thought hey, how hard can a lemon meringue pie be? Pastry – checked, meringue – checked, lemony glup – checked… I’ve done all three things individually, so surely that’ll be easy as pie. (Bad punt – checked)

Here’s the recipe I used:


The pictures are definitely deceiving, as I suffered the infamous soggy bottom (in fact soggy everything as it was so wet), water was weeping heavily underneath the meringue, so the meringue top was just floating on top of the lemon filling. If you tilt the pie it actually slides off.

It tasted yum and just like how a lemon meringue pie should taste like. But I was bemused about the result so I did some research. Apparently you need the lemon filling to be piping hot when it goes in the pie tin, and the meringue needs to be put on top of the hot filling straight away. Also adding a tsp of cornflour in the meringue will help absorbing the moisture too.

To be honest I don’t think I’ll hurry to make another one soon, since the sense of yet another GBBO defeat is all too much to take… 🙂 but if I make it again I will try the amendments above and let you all know.

Until then, happy baking. (for me, failing) x

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