Saturday, 10 January 2009

'Road-Testing My New Pie Dish' Pie

It's pretty hard not to develop a pie obsession after watching Waitress, it's my FAVOURITE film!

Since watching Waitress I have fallen in love with all things pie. We don't really have the hype over pies that the Americans do and I think it's really sad. I just love the whole bake your new neighbour a pie tradition and hot pies cooling on the window sill (all my American readers are thinking 'we so don't do that you daft British woman'). If I won the lottery I would start my own little pie diner tomorrow *sighs*

The only reason I haven't baked every single pie from Waitress is because until Christmas I didn't have a worthy pie dish. I have been drooling over this Emile Henry pie dish for months now and because I'd been such a good girl last year, Santa bought it for me! Apart from a poor attempt at the Girdlebuster (I'm not one for patience and I didn't let it freeze enough between steps) I haven't used it to bake any pies, shame on me!

So when The Buttercup Bake Shop Cookbook dropped through my letterbox this morning I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and bake a pie : )

Lemon Meringue Pie


1 1/2 cups all-purpose (plain) flour
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 to 3 tbsp ice water


3 large egg yolks
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups water
3 tbsp unsalted butter
6 tbsp lemon juice

Meringue Topping

4 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar

Preheat the oven to 400F/ 200c.

To make the crust:

Place the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor. Add in the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the ice water a tbsp at a time and pulse between additions, until the mixture starts coming together. Tip out onto a floured surface and roll out the dough to fit a 9 inch pie dish. Fold the edges under all round the rim and crimp.

Cover the shell with foil and line the foil with pie weights. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully take out the weights and the foil. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

To prepare the filling:

Whisk the egg yolks in a small bowl until lemony in colour. Set aside.

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan on medium heat, place the sugar, cornstarch and water. Stir constantly until thick. Boil this for 1 minute. Pour half of this mixture into the egg yolks and whisk to combine. Pour this back into the pot containing the remaining half and boil for 1 minute more, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and stir until smooth. Blend into the saucepan the butter and lemon juice. Stir until smooth and pour into the pie shell.

For the meringue:

In a small bowl, on the high speed of an electric mixer, whip the egg whites for 1 or 2 minutes. Add in the sugar gradually and whip until whites are thick and glossy, about another 1 or 2 minutes. Cover filling generously with the meringue, swirling into peaks with a small rubber spatula. Bake 15 to 18 minutes until lightly browned. Allow pie to cool for 1 hour. Refrigerate until completely cold, at least 1 hour.


flower said...

Waitress is such a quality film, and Im with you totally on the pie baking thing too :D

Katiecakes said...

I LOVE those pie dishes! I have my eye on a black one and I believe it's gone into the sale. Hurrah.

Your pie looks lovely, I adore lemon meringue. Yum!

Katie xo

Beth said...

I want the exact same pie dish in red - its at Lakeland.

Kaitlin said...

I LOVE the pink dish, it is so up my ally!

Vanessa said...

As a fellow British woman, I sympathise with the lack of American baking culture in England. It frustrates me, and I get upset when there are things in America we can't get in Europe.
Your new dish is gorgeous and the pie looks sensational.
Love your blog!

Nickki said...

I really need to see this film! Your pie looks delicious. I have my eye on a gorgeous red pie dish from Lakeland, in fact I'm sure it's the one from Nigella Christmas. I also think it's a shame we don't do the pie thing like the americans do. I have an american neighbour and she makes some amazing pies.

Cate said...

ohhhhhhh! beautiful beautiful pie and dish!

glad to see that there are some bristish pie advocates out there. and, though you may not have a bunch of pies every which where, you do have some amazing scones the likes of which do not happen very often here in america.

love your blog...cannot wait to look around a bit more.

coolingstar9 said...

I love those pies, hope I can taste it now.
Have a happy new year.

Holler said...

I want to watch that film, especially now I have watched the trailer. I had it on my 'to watch' list ages ago, before it came out and I don't know what happened, but I missed it. I want the pie dish too! I am very covetous today! I actually was eyeing it up at Christmas for the very same reason - Nigella's Girdlebuster Pie. It turned out great, but would have looked so much nicer in your pie dish than the lasagne pan I made it in *sigh*.

Anne said...

I'm with Beth on lakelands red one, is soooo cute!

Do like the black and pink ones, though 3 on top of my boring existing white one might take some explaining to the beloved...hmm..

onlinepastrychef said...

Loved waitress! Love pie--there are a couple of wonderful places to have a huge slice around here, too.

Never stopped to think that it would be hard to find a pie pan in the UK, but then again, it's hard to find a good pudding mold here. We eat with the hand we are dealt, or off to the internet we go:)

Rosie said...

Gosh I would adore a pie dish like yours!! 'Lemon Meringue Pie' is my favourite and you have done the dessert proud.

Rosie x

Kathy said...

Oh where did you find the pink Emile Henry pie pan...I googled it, but only found non-pink ones.
Thanks in advance!

manila homes said...

Your pie looks so tasty..

Affordable homes said...

can i have one too?this is really good..

Boracay hotel said...

Lemon Meringue Pie very tasty..