Olympics-themed treats

Whack on an apron and try these fantastic recipes for lemon meringue pie and gingerbread athletes to show your support this year’s Summer Games!

Summer Games recipes
Lemon meringue pie

Olympic pool lemon meringue pie

This three-layered lemon meringue pie not only tastes fantastic but also looks the part with the waves of meringue playing the role of the Olympic pool. Pop a few Aussie flags in the crispy top and it’s a festive cake fit for London 2012! Alternatively, swap the blue food colouring for green and turn the cake into an athletics or soccer field. Pop a few Lego people on top and you’re good to go!

Ingredients:

  • Frozen shortcrust pastry, thawed
  • Uncooked rice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
  • Few drops of blue food colouring

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C.
  2. Line a greased pie dish with the shortcrust pastry.
  3. Place the uncooked rice in the pastry shell and blind bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  4. In a bowl, beat 1/2 cup lemon juice with condensed milk until thick.
  5. Add two egg yolks, stir, then pour on top of the cooled pastry shell.
  6. In a separate glass bowl, beat the egg whites, gradually adding the sugar until soft peaks form. Add a few drops of blue food colouring, then stir.
  7. Transfer the blue meringue to the top of the pie and spread with a knife to look like blue water.
  8. Place the layered pie in the oven for 10 minutes to cook or until the meringue is browned on top.
  9. Remove the cooked pie and let cool. Slice, then serve.

Tip: Chilling the condensed milk in the fridge for 10 minutes before using can help thicken the mixture, which will work better in the pie.

Gingerbread Aussie athletes

Decorate these gingerbread men and women with green and gold icing to make a team of your very own Aussie athletes!

Ingredients:

  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup golden syrup
  • 2-1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.
  2. Beat the butter and brown sugar in a bowl until light and creamy.
  3. Add the golden syrup, flour, ginger and bicarb soda. Mix to form a smooth dough. Place the bowl in the fridge for about 10 minutes or until the dough is firm.
  4. Roll out the dough between two sheets of non-stick baking powder to 4mm thick.
  5. Grab your men and women cookie cutters and cut shapes out of the dough.
  6. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper and place the gingerbread men and women on top, about 5cm apart from each other.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Meanwhile, make the icing by beating the egg white and the icing sugar together in a small, clean bowl. Pour half of the mixture into another bowl. Add a drop or two of yellow food colouring into one bowl and green food colouring into the other. Stir to create smooth colour throughout.
  9. Once the gingerbread men and women are cooked, remove from the oven and let cool.
  10. When cool, ice the athletes however you wish — try yellow jerseys with green buttons and green pants or skirts with yellow pockets. Let the icing dry — and enjoy!

Hint: Get even more creative and make a few more bowls of icing to use as eyes, skin and hair. You can also add lolly embellishments like chopped licorice for ties and sprinkles for hair.

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