My First Daring Baker Challenge!…LEMON MERINGUE PIE

After many months of observing, I decided to join the elite group of men and women called, The Daring Bakers. This group is the brain-child of Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice and Lis of La Mia Cucina, two blogger friends, who decided to challenge themselves by baking the same exact recipe, and then posting about it on each of their blogs. It turned out to be so much fun that they decided to do it again, other bloggers started to see what they were doing, and they too wanted to join in on the fun, and the group just grew and grew. As of today there are 400 plus members and it’s growing every month. The premise is the same today except now each member gets to host the challenge of their choice. This month the hostess is Jen, The Canadian Baker and her pick was Lemon Meringue Pie!!

I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I made a Lemon Meringue pie, I think I was a newlywed, and believe me that was many moons ago! And being that I have a thing about precise measuring, I knew this was going to be a challenge for me when I saw how long the recipe was! There are 3 components to this pie, the crust, (which by the way, tasted and turned out great!) the filling,( as you can see in my picture) was light and lemony, a bit of a challenge because when it comes together it gets really thick and you have to whisk the heck out of it!! But I’m proud to say I succeeded with that also. And last but not least, the meringue.
As for the meringue… well, I had visions of grandeur!! I envisioned it peeking so high in the center, so that when you cut into it, you would have this HUGE pile of meringue on the top of your slice, picture perfect huh??NOT!!

As you can see my dreams didn’t turn out the way I wanted. My meringue never got to that real stiff peek stage,instead it just flattened out when I scooped it on. My fellow Daring Baker, Maryann, suggested that maybe I actually didn’t beat the meringue long enough, and you know, I think she’s right! Any other input from other Daring Bakers would be truely appreciated!

In conclusion, even though the meringue flopped on me, it had a great taste, in fact the whole pie had a really nice flavor, better than any meringue pie I have ever purchased. You could really tell the difference between store bought and home made!

So,I’m happy to say that I completed my very first Daring Baker challenge, and I look forward to what’s in store for next month!!

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  1. Welcome to the Daring Bakers!!!This was my second challenge and I learnt several things..which is what it is all about. Your pie looks incredible and there was no remake so I’d say it was a success!!

  2. Congrats on your first challenge, looks great!

  3. Congrats on your first entry. You’ll make a great contribution to this thriving group.

    I’m pondering my entry.

  4. Yippie! Welcome to the DB’S.Your pie looks great. I beat mine a while in the KA and piped it to make shapes.

  5. That looks beautiful – and I love your charming crockery, too!

  6. Wow, you baked! And measured! I am shocked!

  7. Hi, I think your pie looks wonderful- even if it doesnt have a mile high tower of meringue. The problem was probably either not whipping the whites long enough, or possibly there being a little grease or speck of yolk mixed in. The smallest amount of fat will make a big difference.

    Your blog is wonderful- I found it yesterday, I shall be returning often. YOu do a wonderful job- thanks for sharing!

  8. Yay Marie,
    I think your pie looks beautiful. I regret not taking any pics of the cut pie. Ran out of time!! Great job!

  9. Well even though your meringue flopped over I wouldn’t call it a flop — pie looks great. Welcome to Daring Bakers!

  10. Congratulations on your 1st challenge!
    Your pie is lovely

  11. Congrats on your first DB challenge, Marie!
    I think your pie looks gorgeous and delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Congratulations!

    My arm had quite a workout with the lemon filling too.

  13. Well done on your first challenge…welcome to the group!

  14. Looks so amazing coming from your first challenge!

  15. Congrats with your first challenge.
    I always look forward for the Darring bakers challenge.

  16. Congrats on completing your 1st challenge. It can get pretty addictive~ I think the pie looks great and I love that cup of coffee sitting right next to it- the cup is beautiful!

  17. Wonderful job on your first challenge!! I think your meringue looks great!

  18. Congrats on your first challenge! It looks great! If you hadn’t said anything I wouldn’t have guessed you had any trouble with the meringue. It looks just lovely! Especially with the stained glass window in the background.

  19. Next month is my first challenge, am looking forward to it but think I might try this one myself – lemons YUM!

  20. beautifulllll pie

  21. The lemon filling did get a bit thick though it tasted great. Your lemon meringue pie looks really good.

  22. Really your pie looks so nice!!! and the pictures wonderful. Gloria

  23. Lovely meringue! Good job!

  24. Congratulations on your first DB challenge! It took us awhile to get you in there (sorry again for all the troubles), but it was worth it. Great pie!

  25. Congrats on your first challenge! Your pie looks beautiful – as so all your desserts. I am so excited to see you among us. Here’s to many yummy challenges ahead.

  26. As a first timer DB myself, I think your LMP looks quite nice. I was quite scared that I might overbeat my meringue, so mine wasn’t so spiky, either.

  27. I want to shout out a big “Thanks” for all of your support and all the encouraging comments I recieved on my first DBer challenge! Thank you all, Val, Pixie, Peter,Glamah, Aforkfullof spagetti,Joe, Katia, Jenny,Susan, Babeth,Maryann,BC,Sunita, Big boys oven,Happy Cook, Tempered Woman,Deborah, Dawns recipes,Rachel,Sagari,Kevin,Gloria,Cup of Joy,Cream Puff,Chris,and Aparna!!

  28. Your pie is fantastic…the slice looks so good & so do the pictures. The meringue looks great too…beautiful! :0)

  29. looks delicious,And congrats for your first challenge

  30. Good job on the first challenge! My meringue didn’t quite get as stiff as I would’ve liked either. Your filling looks great though!

  31. Wow! You are a Daring Baker now, Marie!? It’s about time! lol! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I came over here to tell you how much I loved your onions and I find this !

    I think you did a great job. I always find meringue to be finnicky. Sometimes it works great, other times, the peaks don’t get as stiff as I’d like. But your pie looks delish!

  32. Welcome! It looks delicious!
    My guess would be, along with underwhipping, that some eggs work better than others. Generally speaking, the best thing to do for desserts is to get them fresh from the farm, wait 2-3 days, then use them in baking. Sometimes the ones in the market have been sitting around too long, and they get too watery to whip nicely. The farm fresh ones can sometimes be so stiff if you don’t wait a few days that they won’t hold enough air. It’s a balancing act!

  33. Che bella! Good for you that you are up to any challenge. I made a crust once…..

  34. Congratulations on your first challenge. Your post is great. I love, love, love your fleur-de-lys china too!

  35. beautiful pie… and we LOVE the stained glass!!!

  36. Assolutamente Bello!

    Lemon Meringue pie, thanks to Amelia Bedillia is one of my favorite pies. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yours looks wonderful too!

    I tried going onto the Daring Bakers website but it seems to be very exclusive

  37. Welcome!! And Congrats on a great 1st Challenge! your pie looks wonderful!

  38. *delicious*!

    Congratulations on your first bakeoff ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Thanks for all your comments, I really appreciate it! Thank You,Passionate Baker, Sylvia,Lori, Jenn, Tanya,( thanks for the insight I’ll keep that in mind)Familliabencomo,Lori Lynn, Joey Biscotti,Laurie,( any one can join, we would love to have you! check out cream puffs in venice blog, and la mia Cucina)Sweet designs, Kaykat!

  40. That last image (gimme a nice shot right up close anytime!) really did it for me, but I love the color of your whisk! I’ve never seen a purple one. What else you got hiding in your utensil drawer? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  41. Your pie looks lovely! (And you are so right — this LMP was so much better than any I’ve ever had.)

  42. Meringue, shmeringueโ€”your pie looks luscious! Wonderful photo, too, with the coffee cup and the stained glass…

  43. Welcome to the Daring Bakers! I think your pie turned out gorgeous! The filling is perfect! Very nice fist picture, made me hungry again!

  44. I love love your photos especially the close-up with the stained glass! Your pie looks wonderful. When whipping egg whites everything needs to be grease free and no bit of yolk. Great LMP. Wendy

  45. I think your pie looks great! Congrats and welcome to The Daring Bakers!

  46. I think your pie looks very nice. Meringues tend to do their own thing, regardless of our wishes.

  47. Congratualations on completing your first task with flying colours!

  48. It looks lovely, nice and thick – welcome to the Daring Bakers!

  49. I don’t know…I think the results of your first challenge with LMP are pretty darn close to ‘picture perfect.’ Congratulations, and welcome to the group!

  50. Welcome to the DB’ers!

    And what an outstanding first contribution! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks so much, sweetie!

  51. Gorgeous pie!!! Thanks for mentioning the DB’ers, I think I’ll check it out!

  52. This is just beautiful! Glad you joined up. Your curd is gorgeous. The flavor of this pie was great. BTW, I love your picture setting…fabulous cup and plate.