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Bring some sunshine into your life: Nadiya Hussain’s Orange and Lemongrass Meringue Pie

By The Reading List 18 July 2021

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It’s a fact that baking makes us happier. Nadiya Bakes from the beloved winner of the Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain, is bursting with recipes that will bring a little simple joy into your world and the lives of your friends, family and neighbours.

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Today we’re sharing Nadiya’s quick and easy recipe for Orange and Lemongrass Meringue Pie – a delicious twist on a classic!

Meringue pie is a classic, especially the familiar lemon variety. But it’s also a recipe where there are so many variations possible and this is just one of countless ways to mix it up. 

Instead of biscuit or pastry Nadiya has made the base with sweet crisp cereal and instead of lemon curd has gone for orange and lemongrass. The only bit that hasn’t changed is the top – meringue needs no improvement!

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Orange and Lemongrass Meringue Pie

Serves 8
Prep 30 minutes, plus chilling
Cook 10 minutes

Ingredients

For the base: 

  • 250g sugar-frosted cornflake cereal
  • 125g unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 2 large oranges, juice and zest (you will need 200ml juice)
  • 4 sticks of lemongrass
  • 25g cornflour
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks

For the meringue:

  • 4 large egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 255g caster sugar
  • 125ml water

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Method

Line the base of a 23cm loose-bottomed tin with a circle of baking parchment.

Pop the frosted flakes into a food processor and blitz to a fine crumb. Add the melted butter and whizz till you have a mixture that resembles wet, clumpy sand. Tip it out into the tin and, using the back of a spoon, cover the base and sides, making sure to pack it all in really tightly. Pop into the fridge to chill and set.

Now for the curd. Add the orange juice and zest to a non-stick pan. Bash the lemongrass to release all the flavours, chop into little pieces and add to the pan.

Add the cornflour, sugar and egg yolks and stir everything together. It will be lumpy and not look great at this point, but pop it onto the hob on the lowest heat and mix till you have a smooth curd that coats the back of a spoon.

Take off the heat and push through a sieve, to remove lumps and extract more of that lemongrass flavour. Leave to cool completely. As soon as it is cool, add to the crispy tart base, level off and pop into the fridge.

For the meringue, put the egg whites and cream of tartar into the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment.

Mix the sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved, then bubble until the syrup reaches 110°C. When that happens, start beating the egg whites in the stand mixer until they reach stiff peaks. Once the syrup reaches 118°C, pour the syrup slowly onto the egg whites with the motor still running at a slow speed.

Once the syrup is mixed in, increase the speed to medium-high and beat for another 3–5 minutes until thick and shiny.

Take the tart shell out of the tin and put on a serving dish. Dollop peaks of meringue onto the curd. The more swirls you have the more beautiful it will look. Grill the top for just long enough to toast or use a blowtorch to colour the meringue. DM/ ML

Nadiya Bakes by Nadiya Hussain is published by Michael Joseph (R525). Visit The Reading List for South African book news – including recipes! – daily.

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