Key Lime Meringue Pie

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Ben is a huge fan of lemon meringue pie, my dad is a huge fan of key lime pie. So I was keen to try this recipe, a hybrid of both citrus-y pies with a pillowy mountain of meringue on top.

It was pretty simple, but I think next time I’d put a bit less meringue on top than the recipe calls for. While it looks dramatic, I don’t care as much for softer marshmallow-like meringue. I really love the cracking and crunching as you bit through it – so I would probably go a bit more traditional next time.

We’ve also selected my staff portrait from the photoshoot the other week. Without further ado, I present to you, the Pajama Baker!

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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (or if you’re in the UK, you can use plain digestive biscuits)
  • 6 Tablespoons (86 grams) melted unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the filling:
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 2 (14-oz.) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup lime juice (I think I used about 6 limes for this rather than buying lime juice)
  • 2 Tablespoons lime zest
For the meringue:
  • 3 Tablespoons cold water
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

1. First make your pie crust: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) . Stir together ingredients; firmly press mixture on bottom and up sides of a lightly greased 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack, and cool completely. (Be sure to leave your oven on, because you’ll need it at the same temperature at the next step.)

2. Next, make the filling: Whisk together egg yolks, condensed milk, lime juice, and lime zest in the bowl of your mixer. Pour the mixture into your cooled crust. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 25 minutes or until set. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 1 hour).

3. Finally, make the meringue: Whisk the cold water into your cornstarch in a medium-sized saucepan to make a sort of paste, then whisk in the boiling water. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 1 minute or until a thick gel forms. Remove from heat; cool completely (about 30 minutes).

4.  In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar at medium-high speed with your mixer, using whisk attachment, until foamy. Gradually add in your sugar and continue to whisk the egg whites until they start to look glossy and stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla and salt. Slowly beat in the cooled cornstarch mixture by pouring down the side of the bowl so that your eggs don’t lose their volume. Beat for 3 minutes to ensure that everything is incorporated.

5. Spread the meringue over the cooled pie, and bake at 375° (190°C) for 15 minutes or until the meringue turns golden brown. Transfer to wire rack, and cool completely before serving. If you’d like, you can cover and chill the pie for a few hours before serving.

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S’mores Cookies

Every kid in America has had a s’more at some point in their life. There’s just no avoiding the warm gooey mess that makes up the campfire treat. I decided to introduce my coworkers to the wonder that is the s’more through these cookies. (That and I had a ton of graham crackers I needed to use up!) They’re essentially an adapted chocolate chip cookie recipe, so it may seem pretty familiar!

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (you can substitute plain digestive biscuits for this)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (230 grams) butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks, plus extra to top the cookies

Directions

1. Cream the butter and sugars, then slowly add in the eggs and mix well.

2. Add in the baking soda, salt, vanilla, and graham cracker crumbs. Once everything is well combined, slowly mix in the flour. Finally add in the chocolate chips.

3. Cover and chill the dough in the fridge for about an hour. Then preheat the oven to 375°F (190°F).

4. Place balls of the chilled dough onto a cookie sheet, leaving about 1 1/2 inches in between each. I find it easiest to use a dough baller to keep everything the same size, and you don’t get dough all over your hands. 

5. Bake the cookies for 6-8 minutes until they’re set at the edges, but the middle is still really gooey. Open the oven and slide out the pan enough for you to work on, then quickly place three marshmallows and three chocolate chunks on the center of each cookie, then return to the oven and bake for about another 2-3 minutes until done.

6. Allow the cookies to cool on the tray for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.