passion fruit meringue pie

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passion fruit meringue pie

passion fruit meringue pie

I decided to give the classic ‘lemon meringue pie’ a repackaging job, deconstruct it a bit, and serve it in individual glasses. I also used granadilla (passion fruit) curd instead of lemon curd which is soft and unctuous, and better suited dolloped into this layered dessert.

This no-bake decadent dessert is very simple to assemble once you have the three components ready. If you are able to buy really good quality ready-made curd, this becomes all the more easy to make.

1. Passion fruit / granadilla curd:

You can find my recipe to make the curd here, or can just as easily make it with lemon curd if you prefer.

2. Biscuit base:

The amount of biscuit crumble you will need will depend on how many desserts you are making and what size your serving glasses are. You can work on a ratio of about 50g of melted butter to 100g (half a packet) of Marie biscuits (tea biscuits). You just want the butter to hold the crushed biscuits together.

Melt the butter in a the microwave briefly and mix with the biscuit crumbs until they start to clump.

3. Italian meringue topping:

As this is a no bake meringue ‘pie’, I opted to use an Italian meringue as the egg white gets partially cooked resulting in lovely firm white peaks. Perfect for this dessert.

  • 2 egg whites (free-range)
  • 1 cup sugar (200g)
  • 1/4 cup water (4T)
  • 1t vanilla extract

Using an electric mixer beat the egg whites until stiff peaks. In a small pot heat the water and the sugar and bring it to the boil. When the sugar has dissolved, boil this for about 5 minutes until a thick syrup forms. Brush the sides of the inside of the pot down with a pastry brush and a little water if crystals form. With the beater running, pour the hot sugar syrup into the beaten egg white very slowly in a thin stream. Continue to mix until you have a firm meringue texture. Stir through the vanilla extract.

To assemble the dessert, add enough biscuit crumb mix to cover the base of your glass. Press down using the back of a muddle or any flat kitchen utensil.

Carefully spoon in the layer of chilled granadilla or lemon curd.

Decant the meringue into a piping bag with a smooth nozzle and pipe a swirl on top. I ran my blow torch lightly over the top to give it a lovely golden caremlised touch.

This is a very decadent dessert, so my suggestion would be to make fairly small servings. This can also be made in advance and stored in the fridge. I quite like  it served at room temperature.

passion fruit meringue pie

passion fruit meringue pie

passion fruit meringue pie

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  1. Believe me, I owned a very busy Home Industry on the East Rand, and boy did I get bored by Lemon Meringue Pies! I used to make 8 or more tarts every single morning! Shoe! I love the new version! This recipe I would love to try! So easy yet so dignified. Love it, love it,love it!

  2. Can’t wait to try this recipe, each one looks almost too good to eat.
    I received a copy of your beautiful book from a friend for my birthday yesterday. She knows how much I love your blog and was waiting for your book to arrive on the shelves. I sat browsing through it this morning and can’t wait to try out your delectable recipes. Congratulations on your new book!

  3. I love your photos. I have a jar of lemon curd in the fridge and this is super easy. I don’t have a blow torch but I guess I can pop it under the grill even if it is no-bake.

  4. Looks so delicious…will definitely make it! Just love your recipes and your red velvet cupcakes are a big hit with my family and friends. Had tried out several recipes and wasn’t happy with any of them and then gave your’s a try and certainly hit the jackpot this time. Really thrilled so they are certainly the “flavour of the moment” in my home!

  5. Thanks Anne, glad you like.

  6. That will be fabulous Suzanne.

  7. Thank you Lisa, I hope you enjoy it.
    Sam x

  8. Thanks Kboy 🙂

  9. Hi Anina, look forward to hearing all about your home-baked business one day.

  10. I have always enjoyed individual mini treats and I am loving your version of the pie 🙂

  11. I adore Lemon meringue pie and have tried it with oranges, but not passion fruit. This receipe looks divine!

  12. Gorgeous! And I just know it will that aboslutely delicious too, it’s bookmarked for sure!

  13. Thanks Denise 🙂

  14. Thanks Jules

  15. Made the custard with half passion-fruit half orange juice and it was great! Replaced the biscuit with caramelized pecans and topped the custard with an orange-chocolate ganache 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration !!

  16. This looks so good! What a fun dessert to make for others or to enjoy for yourself!

  17. Thanks for sharing! How far ahead of time can I make it?

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