Tuesdays with Dorie: Creamiest Lime Cream Meringue Pie

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At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make this pie. Never been a big lime fan and meringue isn’t my favorite either but decided it was time to stretch.

Reading over the calorie-rich ingredients induced a wave of impending guilt that could only be calmed by eating a big jar of lettuce. Then I  forged ahead. I’ll admit I was not able to follow the recipe to the letter. It just wasn’t in me. I couldn’t use that much butter.  So I left out 1/2 cup.  Also cut the sugar back a couple of tablespoons.

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Another departure from the directions involved cooking the cream. I don’t have a double boiler and my attempts to improvise were futile. So I enlisted my trusty microwave to do the job. Using my favorite glass batter bowl, I thoroughly mixed the eggs/sugar/cornstarch/juice mixture. Then I cooked it in the microwave on medium speed whisking vigorously after every minute. Within about 6-7 minutes, I had a  thick, creamy mixture  that hit 180 degrees. I followed the directions thereafter, putting it through a sieve and then in the blender for 3 minutes. It was velvety smooth.

My last challenge was the meringue. I’ve never met a meringue I really, really liked. But the picture in the book is beautiful and I wanted to try again. Another concern was about the baking directions. Does broiling for a minute or two really cook the meringue all the way through? Or am I eating raw egg whites? Just decided I wouldn’t think about that for now. The pie turned out fine and my family enjoyed it.

Speaking of the picture, now I know why Dorie’s photographer used a pastry crust instead of a graham cracker crust.  Impossible to get a perfect slice.

Check out Linda at The Tender Crumb for the recipe.

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Tara August 25, 2009 at 6:12 am

Oh my god, this looks divine! I love your blog, your food photography is fantastic (and I’m sure the food tastes as good as it looks)!

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Jill August 25, 2009 at 7:53 am

Your pie looks great and I like your pie dish! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog – I hadn’t been to yours and now I will be back to check out your skinny secrets. I try to eat lots of healthy things to make up for my dessert habit!

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Mary Ann August 25, 2009 at 10:59 am

How interesting that you did the cream in the microwave- I never would have thought that would work. I think your pie looks beautiful!

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Amy August 25, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Your slice of pie looks gorgeous. I thought about cutting down on the butter, too, but I eventually caved and put it all in there.

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CB August 25, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Nice to meet another TWD baker. Re: your question on graham cracker crust. Did you leave out any butter with graham cracker crust? I made mine exactly like Dorie wrote, baked 10 minutes and let cool. I assembled the pie and let chill in the frig for about 3 hours. I think that helped firm up the butter in the crust that keeps it together. Then again I could be talking out my butt. HA HA. Your pie looks delicious crumbly crust and all!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

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isa August 25, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Wow! You did your cream in the microwave – nice job!
Your tart looks gorgeous and your photo is beautiful!

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danielle August 25, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Loving the photography of your pie!
Looks delicious!

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Lori Ann August 25, 2009 at 6:04 pm

I was wondering how the graham cracker crust would hold up as a pie crust…
Your pie looks wonderful, especially your meringue!!
I love your method of cooking the cream – I always have a lot of trouble with that part of the recipe.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind comment re: my job situation!

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Mary August 26, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Romaine, I read your microwave suggestion on the P & Q and used it. Thanks! Your pie looks beautiful!

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Elizabeth - Cake or Death? August 26, 2009 at 10:46 pm

I certainly don’t see any problems with your slice of pie–the photo looks beautiful! I especially love the perfectly toasted meringue. And the microwave tip is genius, I’m definitely using that next time.

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Spike August 27, 2009 at 7:54 am

love the microwave idea!

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Linda @ tender crumb August 27, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Microwaving the cream – a GENIUS idea! By the looks of your photo, I would have never guessed that this was your first meringue…it looks perfect.

Thank you for baking along with me this week!

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