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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Stage 1 - 30 min.
Pear and lime meringue pie
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
Bake blind the sweetcrust pastry.

Set aside.

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

Stage 4 - 3 min.
Pear and lime meringue pie
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
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
Prepare 200 g Italian Meringue.

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

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

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

Stage 10 - 5 min.
Pear and lime meringue pie
Arrange pears quarters on cream.

Stage 11 - 5 min.
Pear and lime meringue pie
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
For best results, meringue should cover the whole surface of the tart.

Stage 13 - 3 min.
Pear and lime meringue pie
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
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.
Keeping
1 or 2 days in the fridge, folded in a plastic film.
Source
Home made, this recipe is warmly dedicated to Christel.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
19,842 Kcal or 83,074 Kj430 gr2,518 gr1,401 gr
992 %166 %238 %212 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
977 Kcal or 4,091 Kj21 gr124 gr69 gr
49 %8 %12 %10 %
Per tart
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
19,842 Kcal or 83,074 Kj430 gr2,518 gr1,401 gr
992 %166 %238 %212 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Egg, Milk, Gluten, Nuts
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  • For 1 tart : 5.54 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Confectioner's custard (Crème pâtissière, or French pastry cream)Confectioner's custard (Crème pâtissière, or French pastry cream): You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Almond cream or frangipane, Pistachio cream, Chinois, Pains briochés aux raisins, Raisin breads (pains aux raisins), ... All
Sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée)Sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée): You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Chocolate tart, How to roll out pastry for a tart, Apple-almond shortbread tart, Pear tart with almond cream, Citrus tart, ... All
Italian MeringueItalian Meringue: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Lemon Meringue Pie Verrines, Frozen Nougat, Lime meringue tart, Lemon Tart / Meringue Pie, Rhubarb mousse, ... All
CornflourCornflour: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Chocolate eclairs, Pumpkin (or potimarron) soup, Paris flan filling, Peach and verbena feuilleté, Upside-down Parmentier, ... All
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  • Hi,

    I don't know exactly how to make filling with sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks, but I'm quite sure that it will not be easier or smoother, than a good old tasty French pastry cream mixed with Italian meringue.
    I guess the restaurant you try, do it in that way too...
    Posted by jh february 17th 2012 at 18:01 n° 2
  • Hi, this recipe sounds great! Ive seen similar recipes that instead use for the filling: sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, egg yolks. Would this be an easier way of making the filling? Also is it a smooth limey filling with a tart flavour?? Im trying to recreate a pear and lime tart I ate from a restaurant recently! Thanks :)
    Posted by Helena_kitty february 16th 2012 at 13:08 n° 1
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