Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Part 2: You put the lime in the coconut...

and burn it all up!





Yep, I burned my meringue. But, I'm getting ahead of myself. While this recipe, chosen by the lovely Diane at Diane's Dishes, seemed easy I had some issues. Here is a list of things I learned:



1. If you decide to cheat and use a store bought crust, do NOT try to put it into your own pie pan. No one will think you actually made that crust and most likely, your crust will not fit into your home pie plate and will end up looking like this:





2. If you decide to be "authentic" and use key limes, for the love of all things citrus, USE a lime juicer/press thing. Do not think that you can use a regular juicer contraption. The limes are tiny, don't fit and you could end up squirting yourself in the eye (twice). Also, you could possibly spill all the lime juice and have to start over squeezing the tiny little suckers until they release their precious 1/1000 cup of juice. Don't ask me how I know this.

3. When you put the meringue under the broiler, do not let your husband distract you by singing his own version of MMMBop at the top of his lungs. You might just burn your meringue to all heck. Just a suggestion...






Overall, this pie was easy though I was trying to hurry and made some errors. Oh well, we all get busy and make mistakes. I'm also not a coconut fan. In fact, I hate it. So, I added the coconut to the the cream but skipped it in the meringue. I think it was the perfect compromise! The pie was yumola - even with the coconut. I realized I like the taste of coconut but the texture is what is weird to me.

I think I might use coconut milk next time instead of coconut, though hubs says I should make it just like that, again. He loved it and gave it a good solid "A".

Head on over to TWD to see what how our other bakers fared this week.



Yes! I made it in by midnight Tuesday. I rock!

13 comments:

~Kimberly said...

You rock with your honesty! And I WON'T ask how you know not to use the juicer contraption with key limes but I think I have a pretty good idea! *wink*

Jayne said...

I burnt my meringue too, only it was a nearly-4-year-old daughter who wanted OUT of the bathtub that distracted me. Ah well. Still yummy, right?

Engineer Baker said...

MmmmBop! Hahaha - love it! And your meringue isn't too burnt, it still looks delicious!

CRS said...

Hilarious!! I'm sorry you had so much trouble with it!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Too funny! Glad you enjoyed it in the end!

Bumblebutton said...

OUCH. The reason you 'burned' your meringue is charming...sounds like fun at your house! I have coconut texture issues too-maybe the coconut cream is the way to go!

CB said...

B sang Mmmbop?!? You have to tape these things and put it on youtube for the rest of us!! LMAO. Glad you liked the meringue pie! :)
C-dogga

Dianne said...

The juice in the eye thing...I've totally don that before! It's easy to get side tracked in the kitchen, but at least you were having fun. :)

bakersbakery said...

Even though you burnt the meringue, it still looks pretty darn good. Nice and fluffy!

Melissa said...

I would have tried the same thing with the pie crust :)

Aardvark Cakes said...

Ha! your post made me laugh so much - Just visions of hubby singing along! Does he know that you let the world know he sings Hanson? Pie looks great tho! Hx

Jaime said...

ha! sounds like we had some of the same issues - i burned my meringue too! (i also managed to overwhip it too)

your pie looks great and i just laugh thinking of your hubby singing mmmm bop! :)

maybe next time you can make the coconut cream and just strain out the coconut? i think the coconut milk may be too liquidy? i dunno...

lemontartlet said...

The frigging key limes! With your eye squirting and my cut up fingers, we shouldn't be allowed around citrus unsupervised.