Coming home for a Sunday roast with my family is always so exciting, until you realise there’s nothing for pudding!
So today I decided to make a last minute addition to dinner, a lemon meringue pie.
I bought ready-made pastry because that’s what Michel Roux Jnr did on Food and Drink this week and if he can get away with it then so can I!
I used this recipe which was pretty easy to follow.
There were lots of different steps but they could all be done individually so it was really easy!
It tasted great. The pastry was really thin and although the filling was very sharp the soft sweet meringue balanced it well.
Overall a fantastic recipe.
With nothing left but a ghostly memory of Halloween I decided that I’d make a Pumpkin Pie with the leftover pumpkins which must be left in the supermarkets feeling sorry for themselves.
I ordered a food shop to be delivered this morning with all the ingredients that I’d need for the pie and was really looking forward to coming home and making it after trying to shake off last nights bread belly in the gym!
Unfortunately, when I received my shopping, I discovered that there were no pumpkins left feeling sorry for themselves, they’d all been hollowed out and turned into spooky, illuminated faces. Blast.
Then, in a stroke of absolute genius I remembered that I had a largish butternut squash in the back of the fridge. I weighed it and amazingly I had just the right amount to make the pie. After a quick call to my mum, just to make sure that a no-pumpkin pie was a good idea, I decided to go ahead with it.
The recipe I used was on the BBC Food website by Antony Worrall Thompson and you can see it here.
So, basically, I just followed the recipe except I used a butternut squash instead of a pumpkin!
My 'They didn't deliver the pumpkin' Pie
Because my pie dish is quite small I had lots of pastry (jus-roll shortcrust pastry is sooooo flaky and buttery) and filling left so I also lined a cupcake tray with baking parchment and made lots of mini ones which my house mate Chloe and I have already tried.
Having never tried a pumpkin pie before, let alone a butternut squash pie, I was ever so slightly sceptical but it’s great. I’ll definitely make one again and, because pumpkins are so difficult to get unless it’s Halloween, it’ll always be known as ‘They didn’t deliver the pumpkin’ Pie!