The Great Bookish Bakeoff – Individual Lemon Meringue Pies

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The cakes I bake and the books I read while baking them.

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It’s monthly cake sale at work time and as it’s ridiculously  hot, I decided to make something summery, so, individual lemon meringue pies made with my new meringue recipe it is!  Seriously guys,  with this new recipe that I discovered on youtube of all places, you are never going to be more than five minutes away from meringue! Actually, I’ve made pastry and posted about it on here before, skim over the pastry stuff, it’s the meringue recipe that’s the exciting bit! THEY ARE MADE IN A MICROWAVE IN TWO MINUTES WITHOUT WHISKING and they actually taste like light, fluffy meringues!

Things you will need:
255g plain flour
140g marge (I’m lactose intolerant, so I used stork vegetable fat which doesn’t contain milk, but tis up to you what you use!)
4 tablespoons of cold water. (Again, lactose, you can use milk if you like)
Sprinkle of sugar
Lemon curd
300g icing sugar
1 egg white.
A scale
Bowls
Cake tin
A rolling pin
A microwave
A book to read, I was reading the Summer Guest by Emma Hannigan.

Firstly! Grease the cake tins, I used those cup cake cake tins… The ones with the indents in, does that makes sense? I used two of those, grease them with some left over marge and put those aside until later.
Mix the flour and marge together with your hands until it resembles breadcrumbs, add in your table spoons of water and squeeze it all together until you get a dough like substance. At this point, put the dough on a floured surface and roll out using your rolling pin or the side of a glass if you don’t have a rolling pin, until you’re at your required thickness, using the rim of a glass (or, the one you may have used as a rolling pin!)/ shape cutter, cut the pastry into circles. When you have a selection of round circles, put them in each dent in the cake tin (seriously though, what are these kinds of baking trays called?)  and shape accordingly, sprinkle a little sugar and dollop a spoonful of lemon curd in each one and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Whilst those are in the oven, you can get started on my amazing new meringue recipe! I’m actually stupidly excited about this! I saw it demonstrated on youtube and thought to myself, no way is that going to work, I’m totally going to try it, but by jove, it bloody well does!
Put 300g of icing sugar in a bowl, pour in your egg white and with a wooden spoon, stir until it all sticks together, then get your hands in and kneed it together until you get a solid ball, it’ll look a little like fondant icing, but will be a bit stickier. Pull off a section and roll into a marble sized ball, repeat this four times and place those four pieces, evenly spaced out onto a plate covered in kitchen roll and put in the microwave – yes, the microwave, for two minutes. When the microwave beeps, you will have actual meringue!! Not only will you have something that looks like meringue, but it will also taste like meringue and will easily peel off of the kitchen towel! You will never need to whisk until your arms fall off again! Meringue in two minutes!! It’s like those mug cakes, but better, because technically, though full of sugar, there is no actual fat in a meringue, so, you can eat them all the time! (Note, I am not a nutritionist and you should definitely not live off of microwaved meringue.)

Keep going with the meringue making until the 25 minutes are up  on your pies, be proper careful when you get them out of the oven, if you spill the melty lemon curd you will suffer third degree burns, so be careful! I don’t want to be held responsible for you burning yourself! I suggest leaving them on the side to cool down a bit before removing from the cake tins, but not too cool otherwise the meringue won’t stick to the top.  Place your microwaved and totally legit meringues on top of the lemon pies as they start to cool and leave to the side to fully cool while you do some reading and ignore the washing up. I was reading an ARC sent to me by bookbridgr, which I really should have read whilst on holiday, not whilst making mini pies!

Anyway, there you have it, mini lemon meringue pies made with microwaved meringues!! Awesome!
I’d love to know if anyone tries this and can back up just how meringue like the meringues are! I also want more kitchen life hacks please!
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