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Lemon and lime meringue pies

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Lemon and lime meringue pies
Lemon and lime meringue pies
  • Makes: 6

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

These mini lemon and lime meringue pies give the classic lemon meringue pie a citrusy twist. This recipe is quick and easy to make, leaving you with light, fluffy meringue tops sweet, zesty lemon and gorgeous lime curd in just 50 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 350g (12oz) sweet shortcrust pastry

  • 125g (4oz) golden caster sugar

  • Finely grated zest of 3 limes

  • Finely grated zest of 2 lemons

  • 4tbsp lime juice

  • 4tbsp lemon juice

  • Green liquid food colouring (optional)

  • 142ml pot double cream

  • 4tbsp thickening granules

  • 3 medium egg yolks




FOR THE MERINGUE:

  • 3 medium egg whites

  • 175g (6oz) golden caster sugar

  • 6 x 10cm (4in) individual tartlet tins, greased and floured

Method

1 Set the oven to 190C or Gas Mark 5. Put a baking sheet in the oven to heat up. Roll out the pastry fairly thinly, cut into 6 and line the tartlet tins. Press the pastry into the fluted sides and trim the top edges. Prick the bases with a fork. Chill them for 15 mins.

2 Put the sugar, lime and lemon zest and juice and a drop of green colouring, if using, into a large jug. Stir in the cream and thickening granules. Microwave on Medium for 3 mins, until thickened and smooth. Stir in the egg yolks.

3 Line the pastry cases with greaseproof paper and baking beans. Bake blind on the hot sheet for 8 mins. Remove paper and beans and cook for 2 more mins.

4 Reduce the oven temperature to 180C or Gas Mark 4. Pour the lemon and lime mixture into the pastry cases.

5 Meanwhile, whisk the egg whites to stiff-peak stage. Gradually whisk in the sugar, 1tbsp at a time, until its all used and the meringue is smooth and glossy.

6 Pipe or spoon the meringue on top of the pies and cook for 15 mins, until the meringue is just firm.

Nutritional information per recipe

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 548(kcal)
  • Fat 27.0g
  • Saturates 12.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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