Put away the cookie sheets and muffin tins. For spring, bake a delectable seasonal pie that everyone is sure to gobble up. Here are some delicious ideas for springtime pies!
Call us old-fashioned, but spring conjures up images of throwing open our windows to let in the warm breeze, the curtains gently blowing in the wind and a freshly baked pie cooling off on the sill, its delicious aroma wafting through the air.
Inspired by this vision? Put on your apron, get out your rolling pin and pie plate and get baking! Here are some ideas for springtime pies.
Lemon meringue pie
For spring you want to go a bit lighter with the ingredients, and we can think of no more of a springtime pie than lemon meringue. The tartness of its light meringue topping and bright yellow lemon custard make our lips pucker in delight. Try this recipe for Cheri’s lemon meringue pie; it’ll be a fast favourite for anyone who prefers theirs on the tart side. For a slightly different flavour, try using Meyer lemons instead — they have a sweeter taste than traditional lemons. Or if you’re looking for lemon meringue flavour but in a new way, these lemon meringue waffles will surely hit the spot.
Meringue can be tricky to get right. When making meringue, you can use eggs that are cold, but you will get better results if the eggs are room temperature, so remember to take them out of the fridge in advance. You’ll be able to tell when the meringue is ready when it looks glossy and holds a firm peak.
Strawberry rhubarb pie
Rhubarb is in season in April and May (and only for a short time), so grab it while you can to bake some strawberry rhubarb pie. The leaves of rhubarb are actually toxic; it’s the red stalks that you want to use. When raw, the stalks are quite tart and need to be cooked with sugar to become the delicious pie filling that perfectly complements the sweetness of strawberries. Never cooked with rhubarb? Discover how to choose and cook with it (along with a fabulous recipe for strawberry rhubarb pie) here.