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Pear and lime meringue pie

Pear and lime meringue pie

A layer of light lime cream and caramelized pears in a crisp pastry case, topped with Italian meringue, which is browned under the grill or with a flame.

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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

For 1 tart, you will need:

Change for: 1 tart 2 tarts 3 tarts

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
2 hours 13 min.23 min.2 hours 36 min.
Preservation: 1 or 2 days in the fridge, folded in a plastic film
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Step by step recipe

1 Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #1Make lime crème pâtissière (confectioner's custard) as for 300 g Confectioner's custard (Crème pâtissière, or French pastry cream), but with these special proportions: 30 g caster sugar and 30 g cornflour, and infuse milk with finely chopped zest of 1 lime before boiling.

Then, when cream is cooked, beat into it juice of 1 lime, and if desired 3 drops food colouring (green).

Leave to cool covered to prevent skin forming, or whip during cooling from time to time.

Set aside your lime crème pâtissière.
30 min.
2 Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #2Bake blind the sweetcrust pastry.

Set aside.
40 min.
3 Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #3Peel 5 Pears, cut in four, discard core and sprinkle with juice of 1 lemon . 20 min.
4 Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #4Melt 30 g Clarified butter in a frying pan, then tip in pear quarters (and lemon juice). 3 min.
5 Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #5On high heat, cook until they begin to brown.

Note: Clarified butter is preferable, to avoid the little black bits visible in this photograph, due to overheating ordinary butter.

Set pears aside.
20 min.
6 Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #6Prepare 200 g Italian Meringue. 20 min.
7 Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #7Lighten the cream by folding 2 large spoonfuls of meringue into cold lime crème pâtissière,. 2 min.
8 Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #8Continue gently, by tilting the pan, until you have a light cream. 5 min.
9 Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #9Put a layer of this cream in the cooked pastry case. 3 min.
10 Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #10Arrange pears quarters on cream. 5 min.
11 Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #11Spread the rest of Italian meringue on top of the tart.

You can use a forcing bag as in the photograph, or a spatula and then draw patterns with a fork on the surface.
5 min.
12 Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #12For best results, meringue should cover the whole surface of the tart.
13 Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #13To finish, brown the meringue gently with a blow lamp, or by putting under the grill for just a few seconds. 3 min.
14 Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #14It's ready, refrigerate until serving.

Remarks

If you want to simplify the recipe, use French meringue (with caster sugar, not cooked) instead of Italian.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
368055 gr519 gr154 gr
184 %21 %49 %23 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1813 gr26 gr8 gr
9 %1 %2 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 1 tart : 5.45 €

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Source: Home made, this recipe is warmly dedicated to Christel.
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