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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

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2 hours 13 min.23 min.2 hours 36 min.
Keeping:
1 or 2 days in the fridge, folded in a plastic film
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Stage 1 - 30 min.
Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #1
Make 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.

Stage 2 - 40 min.
Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #2
Bake blind the sweetcrust pastry.

Set aside.

Stage 3 - 20 min.
Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #3
Peel 5 Pears, cut in four, discard core and sprinkle with juice of 1 lemon .

Stage 4 - 3 min.
Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #4
Melt 30 g Clarified butter in a frying pan, then tip in pear quarters (and lemon juice).

Stage 5 - 20 min.
Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #5
On 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.

Stage 6 - 20 min.
Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #6
Prepare 200 g Italian Meringue.

Stage 7 - 2 min.
Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #7
Lighten the cream by folding 2 large spoonfuls of meringue into cold lime crème pâtissière,.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #8
Continue gently, by tilting the pan, until you have a light cream.

Stage 9 - 3 min.
Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #9
Put a layer of this cream in the cooked pastry case.

Stage 10 - 5 min.
Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #10
Arrange pears quarters on cream.

Stage 11 - 5 min.
Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #11
Spread 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.

Stage 12
Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #12
For best results, meringue should cover the whole surface of the tart.

Stage 13 - 3 min.
Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #13
To finish, brown the meringue gently with a blow lamp, or by putting under the grill for just a few seconds.

Stage 14
Pear and lime meringue pie : Photo of step #14
It'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

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Source

Home made, this recipe is warmly dedicated to Christel.

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