Lemon and lime meringue pies
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.
- 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
1 Set the oven to 190°C 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 180°C 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 it’s 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
- 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.