Daddy’s Throwback & Winner Announced!

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Last time I made a lemon meringue pie, I may as well have been wearing blogging diapers. It was a time of average photography, linking without a recipe and even then, not much change to said recipe.

I am so glad things are different now, without a doubt! :D


As you can see ;)

I often don’t do throwbacks. It is not my thing, I prefer to keep you guys updated with new recipes I have discovered because I feel like each time, if I can find the words, I can share a story!


But today is an exception. You know why? Because this dessert is my daddy’s number #1 favourite piece of pie-licious indulgence. And it is tradition (except for last year when year 12 was in the way!), that I make this pie every year on his birthday.

He can eat the whole pie if he likes, after all, it’s his birthday.


Being such a special dessert to him, and therefore me. it goes without saying this recipe deserved a revamp, throwback and everything that I usually do not do :D

Now, I would like to make one thing clear. I am very much a ‘daddy’s little girl’. To all those who think this is a stereotype from movies, where little girls are given everything they desire from their daddy, and it doesn’t really happen, STOP.


It does. I am living proof :) – And I may be writing Daddy here, but in truth, I do call him Daddy… people are always so surprised though I don’t know why…

Words are for using no?


But because he is so generous, most importantly in how much love he shows everyone (Audience sign: Ngawwww), it puts me in a dilemma every year.

How are you supposed to compete with someone like that and show them you love them too? Especially on such a special day? Surely I am not the only one that has this issue? Do you all too?



All I can do is imagine what I would give to my Daddy if I was a superwoman style person.

  • I would go back in time and find him a ship that looks exactly like the Unicorn from TinTin and he could sail the world in it (maybe even find Red Rackham’s treasure!)
  • I would get him a seat on Apple, where he would give his ideas and be the first person consulted when new designs came out
  • I would resurrect the library of Alexandria, and place a large armchair with  reading light smack bang in the middle, so daddy could just… read
  • I would investigate the ends of the world so daddy could have the ultimate photography opportunities

Ok I think I should stop now… I am heading to dangerous Doctor Who style territory and if you don’t stop me, I start recounting episodes :P
Anyways though, for now, this lemon meringue pie is all I can give to you right now Daddy!


A yearly tradition, which, while may not be utterly magnificent on a global scale, is still kind of cool because it is our thing :D

Happy Birthday Daddy! <3 (that is a love heart, in case it does not show up!)



Just before I let you all get to the recipe waiting below, I have a couple of things to announce (*ahem, look at the title… ;) )

Can I get a drum roll please?

The random winners of the incredible giveaway taking you to the Cake, Bake & Sweets Show  are…

Comment #13: Tracy from Baking Tray


Comment #15: Wenxi

Congratulations guys!!!


I still have not received the tickets, but once I do, I will be sending them to you guys asap!

Within this week, you must reply to the email I will be sending to you with your address, otherwise, unfortunately or fortunately (depending on perspective), I will give the tickets away to another winner!

I guess I shall be seeing you there if you come on the 22nd of March :D


Also, just a quick thanks to Ziplist for including me into their partnership program! Easy saving, recipe finding and printing for you, amazing plugin for me :D


Lemon Meringue Pie

Rating: 51

Serving Size: 8 people

Lemon Meringue Pie

Light, refreshing piece of pie, with an airy meringue, buttery crust and smooth lemon filling!


    Pie Crust
  • 60g Self Raising flour (SRF)
  • 150g plain flour
  • 30g caster sugar
  • 120g cold butter, cubed
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 large egg
  • Lemon Curd Filling
  • 60g corn flour
  • 170g caster sugar
  • 180ml lemon juice, fresh if possible
  • 230ml water
  • 60g butter
  • 3 large egg yolks, remember to save the egg whites
  • 1 tsp fine lemon zest
  • Meringue
  • Remaining 3 large egg whites
  • 170g caster sugar
  • To Serve
  • Vanilla ice cream


    Making The Pie Crust Pastry
  1. Place flours, butter and sugar into a food processor.
  2. Process until mixture resembles bread crumbs (fine).
  3. Add in the egg and process until the mixture clumps together.
  4. Form dough into a flattened disk and refrigerate, wrapped in cling wrap, for around an hour minimum.
  5. Let sit 10 minutes before you start rolling to let it soften slightly (5 minutes in humidity)
  6. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (160 degrees fan forced).
  7. Generously grease a 23cm pie or tart tin.
  8. Roll out pastry between two sheets of baking paper to fit a 23cm tart or pie tin.
  9. Gently roll pastry onto the rolling pin and drape it over the tart tin. It will not look perfect, that is fine!
  10. Cut off excess at the corners and press the pastry into the sides .
  11. Place a sheet of baking paper on top of the pastry, and fill with baking weights or uncooked rice.
  12. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then remove baking weights and baking paper, and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the pastry is a light, golden colour (Ignore my random bumpy bottom :P).
  13. Set aside to cool completely.
  14. For the Lemon Curd (Make while pastry is in the fridge)
  15. Combine cornflour, sugar, lemon juice and water in a saucepan.
  16. Stir till mixture is smooth.
  17. Place over medium heat till mixture starts to boil, and then reduce heat, continually stirring, till mixture turns from cloudy to a transparent, thick and smooth mixture.
  18. Immediately remove from heat and stir in egg yolks and butter till ingredients are well combined.
  19. Stir through in the lemon zest.
  20. Pour filling into a small container and let cool to room temperature (I would not refrigerate it because it gets clumpy and so is harder to smooth into the pie crust later on)
  21. For the Meringue & Assembly
  22. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C (190 degrees C fan forced oven)
  23. Place egg whites in a large bowl and beat on high speed till soft peaks form when the beaters are lifted.
  24. Gradually, add in the sugar, beating after each small addition.
  25. Once all the sugar has been added, beat till the meringue becomes glossy and smooth, with stiff peaks, and so that if you rub some between your fingers, you can no longer feel sugar granules.
  26. Spoon cooled filling into cooled pastry shell.
  27. Spoon the meringue on top liberally, and form peaks by pressing the back of the spoon against the meringue's surface and then lifting it quickly)
  28. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until the meringue is lightly coloured.
  29. Blow torch the tips for extra effect if you want.
  30. Let cool to room temperature before refrigerating overnight.
  31. Serve chilled with vanilla ice cream, and store in an air-tight container in the fridge.


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73 Comments… add one

Kim Beaulieu April 8, 2014, 4:17 pm

This is absolutely lovely. I love traditions and think it’s cute you call him Daddy. My kids called my dad “Papa”, I think he loved it. xx
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Terra March 17, 2014, 3:03 am

This is my Grandfathers favorite pie, your dad definitely has good taste in pie!!! You pie looks OH MY DELISH!!! Hugs, Terra
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I Wilkerson March 16, 2014, 1:57 pm

Well it sounds like your father deserves this pie! (Especially now that you are out of your blogging diapers ;-) )

Cakelaw March 16, 2014, 1:34 pm

Your dad is a lucky guy! This is a delicious looking pie.

Mich Piece of Cake March 16, 2014, 1:18 am

This pie looks amazing! I simply need a slice of it right now. The weather locally has been so hot, and this is sure to cool me down.

Brittany March 16, 2014, 12:28 am

Happy (belated) birthday to your dad!! What a treat for him to get this gorgeous pie!! The browning on top looks perfect! I love going through my old blog posts from time to time and reading how my voice/photos have evolved!! Some of my pictures make me shudder hahaha.

Mila March 15, 2014, 11:31 pm

Oh, I love this pie! Looks so tasty on pics!

Lorraine Not Quite nigella March 15, 2014, 11:15 pm

You’re such a sweet daughter Uru! :)

BeBetsy March 15, 2014, 3:05 pm

Happy Birthday to your Dad! This is so lusciously lemony yummy! Thanks for coming by to see us. Hope all is well ~ Sharon and Denise
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Ramona March 15, 2014, 10:52 am

Happy B’day to your Dad! What an awesome way to enjoy the day with lovely lemon meringue pie!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic March 15, 2014, 9:03 am

What a great tribute to your dad! I am also a Daddy’s Girl (and also call him daddy) :)
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Eva Taylor March 15, 2014, 8:11 am

How nice that you make a special pie for your Daddy’s birthday, and a belated very happy bd for your dad from Canada! I love how tall the meringue is and the lovely tips that are just slightly browned look very appetizing.
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Reeni March 14, 2014, 12:13 pm

Such a beautiful pie! Full of sunshine! Happy Birthday to your Daddy! I call mine that too. :-)
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Hannah March 14, 2014, 6:36 am

Aww, your daddy is such a lucky guy to have a sweet (literally!) daughter like you. That pie looks like it would be worth again and again, so I’m glad you indulged him for his birthday!

Barbara March 13, 2014, 10:29 pm

Beautiful pie! My dad’s favorite was always bread pudding!

Amy (Savory Moments) March 13, 2014, 9:41 pm

I haven’t had a lemon meringue pie in years! This looks really yummy and perfect for a special birthday.
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Hotly Spiced March 13, 2014, 5:20 pm

That’s a terrific looking lemon meringue pie. Gorgeous! That’s one of my most favourite desserts. Love the height of the meringue xx
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Joanne T Ferguson March 13, 2014, 2:20 pm

G’day! Your pie looks wonderful and GREAT photos too!
Cheers! Joanne

Jenn and Seth March 13, 2014, 11:50 am

that is one beautiful lemon meringue pie! you are such an amazing daughter! looks absolutely wonderful!

Zoe March 13, 2014, 11:16 am

Happy Birthday to your dad!!!

He must be proud being a super baker… definitely not a nappy-blogger :p
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Louise March 13, 2014, 10:55 am

What a beautiful pie and tribute for your Dad’s birthday, Uru. Thank you so much for sharing…
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Karen (Back Road Journal) March 13, 2014, 7:39 am

I’m sure your father was thrilled with his birthday pie…it looks great. It is one of my favorites as well.
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Deepti March 13, 2014, 6:16 am

I would love to have this whole pie! Looks gorgeous….

Soni March 13, 2014, 5:44 am

Gorgoeus pie and gorgeous pics too!I’m drooling just looking at them :)
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Sammie March 13, 2014, 1:41 am

Hi Uru! Beautiful pie! Would love to have a bite of that meringue pie.. yum! And the top is so gorgeously browned too!
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easyfoodsmith March 13, 2014, 1:07 am

The lemon pie looks beautiful and so luscious. I have never made one and your post has inspired me to do that asap.

Joanne March 12, 2014, 10:35 pm

Your lemon meringue is so beautiful!! It’s one of my favorite pies.
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Nava Krishnan March 12, 2014, 8:17 pm

Splendid and I love the tangy lemon filling; also the meringue on top.
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GiGi Eats Celebrities March 12, 2014, 2:35 pm

Your dad and I… Should compete against each other in a food eating competition! ;)
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Juliana March 12, 2014, 11:15 am

I love lemon meringue pie, but never made on…shame on me…after seeing your post I must give this a try…looks beautiful and delicious.
Have a great week Uru :D

the Squishy Monster March 12, 2014, 9:52 am

I can absolutely see why this is daddy’s favorite–it’s amazing, Uru!!
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amy @ fearless homemaker March 12, 2014, 7:35 am

Oh my goodness, this looks SO awesome! It is afternoon tea/snack time here and now I’ve craving a big slice of this!

Asmita March 12, 2014, 7:29 am
Liz March 12, 2014, 6:06 am

LOL, I just went back to read my first post ever! No kidding about the average photography, etc! I have a lemon meringue pie that needs a do-over, too! But I don’t think it can be any better than yours!!!

Pam March 12, 2014, 1:34 am

This looks delicious! Gorgeous photography ;)

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef March 12, 2014, 1:32 am

Awww, what a wonderful birthday surprise for your father. He’s a special man to have raised you. :)
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Sugar et al March 11, 2014, 11:18 pm

What a beautiful lemon meringue pie and a very sweet post! Your Daddy must be so proud of you.

Katerina March 11, 2014, 6:28 pm

My husband and I love this type of pie! We could eat the whole pan!

Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen March 11, 2014, 3:57 pm

Awwww you are so sweet! What a DELICIOUS looking pie! Your daddy is lucky to have you :)
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Sandra - The Foodie Affair March 11, 2014, 2:56 pm

That meringue looks so fluffy! Lucky dad to have such a beautiful pie :)
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Debra March 11, 2014, 2:54 pm

This is a beautiful pie, and I can’t wait to bake this one for myself–and my own dad. My dad is in his 80s and has quite a sweet tooth, and I love to bake for him. You’ve inspired me with this one, CCU. I love your relationship with your daddy, and that you call him daddy, is so sweet. You just go on being daddy’s little girl. :-)
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Barb Bamber March 11, 2014, 2:31 pm

I love that you’re Daddy’s Little Girl, I wouldn’t expect anything less from you, CCU! My dad’s favorite pie was Lemon Meringue too!! I think that’s the perfect gift!!xx
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milkteaxx March 11, 2014, 1:53 pm

a love lemon meringue tarts but i like making them mini ones! oh and a squeeze of lime too!

Cass @foodmyfriend March 11, 2014, 1:00 pm

I have to admit, the meringue pie is a highly requested birthday cake in my family. Your Dad is very wise!
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Minnie@thelady8home March 11, 2014, 12:21 pm

Yours is one of the best looking pie I have seen in a loooong time!! Just yummm! Congratulations to the winner :)
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Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron March 11, 2014, 10:22 am

Gorgeous lemon meringue pie! Happy birthday to your dad!

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes March 11, 2014, 9:08 am

Great looking pie and how lucky your dad is!!! :)
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Diane March 11, 2014, 7:03 am

Ah, you’re bringing back old memories. My mother used to make that pie & it was awesome (but I remember it as being a lot of work.)
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Annie March 11, 2014, 6:52 am

I’m a daddy’s (except I call my daddy Pops) girl, too – I think we are very lucky indeed! Happy birthday to yours – - this pie is a magnificent way to celebrate a very important day.
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Tammy March 11, 2014, 6:41 am

Hellooo Uru!!! :D Congratulations on your brand spankin new website! It looks great and I have just subscribed ;)

Well now. This pie looks like a little of sunlit heaven. Girl oh girl could I go for a piece….a very big piece xD

Lemon meringue is a favorite in my house…Mmmm it just reminds me of summer and all that warm weather goodness :,) …thank God the snow is finally melting here!

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Gina March 11, 2014, 6:31 am

Some times you just can’t mess with tradition and you have to give daddy what he wants.

Daisy@Nevertoosweet March 11, 2014, 1:47 am

Awww I think your photos have always been great :) And the recipes are even better!
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Choc Chip Uru March 13, 2014, 10:09 am

Haha that is the sweetest, thanks Daisy!! :D

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Nami | Just One Cookbook March 10, 2014, 5:57 pm

Happy Birthday to your dad! He’s SO lucky to have a great daughter like you. I love lemon meringue pie. I’d love to have a huge piece too. :D
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Veronica March 10, 2014, 5:04 pm

So sweet that you make him this pie every year! It’s also my sister-in-law’s favorite pie so I’ve started making it for her too. I love that you made yours in a tart pan – so fancy and pretty!
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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 10, 2014, 4:09 pm

What a good daughter, you are! I’d eat that entire pie in seconds!
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mjskit March 10, 2014, 2:33 pm

What a lucky Daddy to have a daughter that would make him this yummy pie!!! It’s one of my favorites as well Uru. Hint Hint. :)
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Coco March 10, 2014, 11:55 am

Ok, so we must have some kind of mental connex because I have had key lime pie on my mind for weeks. I want to make it for my hubby, but am struggling to find a healthiER recipe (he’s training for a bike race and trying to watch his weight). So, I decided to ditch the whole gig and go for your recipe – it looks mahvelous, dahlink. Plus I’m dying to try out my new kitchen torch! xoxo
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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) March 10, 2014, 10:27 am

awwwww how sweeet!!!! It’s so great how close you are to your dad!

Beth March 10, 2014, 8:04 am

What a wonderful wish list for your father! And what a gorgeous pie you baked for him.

Kathy March 10, 2014, 7:40 am

I’m sure your daddy really appreciated this beautiful pie! A perfect lemon meringue!

Kim@Treats & Trinkets March 10, 2014, 2:55 am

That pie looks amazeballs, Uru. I always forget how much I love lemon until I see something like this. Mmmm, pie. That reminds me, I totally have to make pie for Pi Day!
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LouAnn March 10, 2014, 12:26 am

you have one lucky daddy!
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Suzanne March 9, 2014, 11:56 pm

How sweet, wonderful Daddy and adoring daughter. He is very lucky to have you and vice versa.The pie is beautiful, lemon meringue is one of my favorites also. A very Happy Birthday to your Daddy!

Vicki Bensinger March 9, 2014, 11:01 pm

Your lemon meringue pie looks sensational. I’m sure your dad loved it.

I know just what you mean about trying to gift something special to your dad in a way to also show your appreciation for all that he does for you. I always felt that way as well when my dad was with us. Now I feel that way with my husband. I try to find something and/or make something special to let him know how much I appreciate all that he does for me and our family.

I bet your dad loved this gift and especially the fact that you made it with love!
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Angie (@angiesrecipess) March 9, 2014, 10:51 pm

A fantastic lemon meringue pie, Uru. And I love those beautiful shots too.
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BakingTray March 9, 2014, 10:14 pm

YAYYYY! Can’t believe I won! Thank you!!! :D
and your lemon meringue pie looks delicious!! Love the peaks of the meringue :)
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Choc Chip Uru March 13, 2014, 10:08 am

My pleasure Tracy, you should get the tickets, soon if you don’t already have them :D
And thank you!

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Kiran @ March 9, 2014, 7:26 pm

Gorgeous lemon meringue pie!!
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John@Kitchen Riffs March 9, 2014, 2:59 pm

Lemon Meringue pie was always my favorite too, until I discovered Key Lime pie. If your father likes lemon meringue, I’ll bet he’ll go for key lime pie too. I think the gift of the library in Alexandria would be wonderful!
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Bam's Kitchen March 9, 2014, 1:43 pm

This lemon meringue pie is making my mouth water. I love how big and beautiful those egg white peaks are. I am also a daddy’s girl and I think your dad is going to love your pie. Take care, BAM
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Choc Chip Uru March 13, 2014, 10:07 am

Then you understand exactly what I mean my friend :D
Thank you!

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Christine @ Cooking Crusade March 9, 2014, 1:01 pm

I love a good lemon meringue pie and this one looks so good!

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