If you have visited a card shop or a supermarket recently then you might have noticed the huge displays of red cards filled with hearts and sparkle! Well as you might have guessed the most romantic day of the year is nearly upon us, February 14 th aka Valentines day!
Okay this is were I have to admit and tell you that I don’t really celebrate Valentines day. I never really have i’m not a girly girl and dont really go for the lovey dovey gushy stuff and I don’t see why you should only celebrate Love on just one day a year.
If you do celebrate valentines and want to make something very special for the one you love, or if you love desserts and want to make a quick and lovely dessert to follow a lovely home made meal then why not try and make this amazing Key lime meringue pie.
I have been looking at meringue recipes for a few weeks after getting some new Sugar and Crumbs flavoured icings, I was sent 3 icings to try Key lime, Black cherry and Coffee. when I saw the flavours my 1st thought was key lime pie and I just loved the look of this one!
I love to bake and I always have but haven’t made meringues in a while, I mainly stick to cakes so this was a lovely challenge!
This morning after I had taken C to baby ballet I preheated the oven, collected the ingredients and went to work, measuring, crushing, melting, mixing, whipping and stirring. I following this recipe from the BBC website, except for replacing the caster sugar in the meringue for Key lime flavoured icing sugar, I really think that it adds an extra flavour layer to the pie.
Having read the recipe and making it I think the 1-2 hours prep is a little wrong, it only took about 30 minutes to make the base, mix and meringue but I do have a good electric mixer. I only put it in for 15 minutes to bake, but I think I would bake it for 5 more minutes and it would be a prefect valentines dessert.
I took this to my grandparents today to try it out on my family, and they all loved it, there was not a crumb left.
What would you have made with the Key lime flavour?
What would you make with the other flavours?
Here are my ideas!
I still have 2 more flavours of Sugar and crumbs icing to make into meringues – Coffee and Black cherry.
I am planning on making some perfect valentines gifts, since valentines isnt just about your boyfriend or girlfriend why not try and make some edible gifts from family and friends. I am going to make some gifts, using the Black cherry, by making some chocolate cupcakes with a Black Cherry meringue butter cream icing, Which I will dye to make it fun and decorate to make them “love”ly for Valentines.
I have also seen a cake that I would love someone to give me for valentines, it would make the perfect dessert for me on valentines day, It is a coffee meringue gateau! Anyone who knows me, knows my love of all things coffee.
I have the ingredients for this and will be making this VERY soon so keep a look out of my next Sugar and crumbs post!
*Disclaimer- I was sent 3 x 250g packs of flavoured icings in exchange for writing about the products. All opinions are my own or other family members and are uninfluenced by the company or anyone else*