Unique Dessert Idea for Valentine’s Day
Does your significant other love the taste of grill or smoked foods? This smoked pie recipe is sure to tickle their fancy.
It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re pulling out all the stops with this dessert recipe. Even if you’re not too keen on smoking, but you’re loved one is, consider some of these grill lover gift ideas instead.
If you’re looking to impress him/her — look no further — it’s likely they’ve never had this pie. Sure, we’ve all had lemon meringue pie, but smoked lemon meringue is a whole new beast.
COOK TIME = 30 MIN
PREPARATION TIME = 35 MIN
- 1 Pie Dough
- 7 Eggs
- 1 Tbsp of Heavy Cream
- 1 ½ Cups of Sugar
- 2/3 Cup of Lemon Juice
- 1 Tbsp of Lemon Zest
- Pinch of salt
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Smoked Meringue Pie
It’s not what you think about when thinking about your grill: a sweet and tasty dessert.
A smoked lemon meringue pie is just what the doctor ordered for your Valentine’s Day dessert. You’ll find this dessert is the perfiect combination of colorful, packed full of flavor with just the right amount of sweetness. You’ll be smoking this pie over an applewood, pecan, or most any other fruit wood.
Fire up your smoker/grill
If you’re using a traditional Weber style grill prepare for an indirect cook at about 225 °F. For indirect cooking place all the coals on one side of the grill and the food on the other; another option: place coals on opposite ends of the grills leaving a space in the center where the food will sit. No matter how you arrange the coals, indirect cooking involves cooking food without the use of direct heat. To reach the ideal temperature of 225 °F use 50 – 55 briquettes.
Once your grill/smoker is at the ideal smoking temperature prepare to smoke the pie mixture:
Combine the sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice into a bowl. Mix the ingredients together and pour them onto a shallow baking sheet and toss it into your smoker/grill. Let is smoke for about 35 minutes.
Upon removing the sheet from the grill, allow it to cool and then heat up your grill to 350 F.
Creating the Pie
Prepare a surface to roll out the dough, be sure it is generously covered in flour. Roll out the pie dough till it is about an 8th of an inch thick. Roll up the pie dough around the rolling pin to place it on a pie plate.
Once the dough has been moved into the pie plate crimp the edges then it’s ready to move to the freezer for about 45 minutes.
In a bowl add 1 egg and the heavy cream. Then use a brush to take the egg wash and apply it to the edges of the pie. Next, place a piece of parchment on the pie, then add a sheet of tin foil on top of it.
Add pie weights to the pie and bake for 16 to 19 minutes (or until crust is cooked through). Remove the pie weights, the tin foil and parchment paper, then let the crust cook for another 5 min (or until the edges turn golden brown).
Allow the crust to cool while you finish up the rest of the pie.
In a bowl mix 3 eggs, 3 egg yolks and your specialty previously smoked ingredients. Whisk it all together till it is fully mixed.
Fill up an average sized pot with about 3 inches of water and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Then place the bowl from the previous step on top of it. This will allow the lemon filling to cook over the next 10 minutes (or until the mixture coats the entire back of the spoon); the most important part about this step is to be constantly whisking the mixture.
Bake the Filling
Remove the bowl from the heat as you whisk in the butter. Next, pour the filling into the pie crust and bake it for about 20 minutes or until the filling is set (but not too firm, it should still jiggle a bit). Remove from heat and let it cool before transferring it to the refrigerate to sit overnight.
Combine the remaining egg whites and sugar into a pot. Place the pot over medium heat and cook for about 2-3 min (the mixture should be warm and the sugar should be dissolved).
Pour the mix into a stand mixer and beat it on high using the whisk attachment; do this until the egg whites are fluffy and white. Next, add the vanilla extract and beat for a brief second.
Create the Masterpiece
To do this you will be piping on the meringue or just spreading it on top of the pie. Next use a torch or the broil setting on your oven to brown the top of the meringue; high levels of brief intense heat is the key to that beautiful golden color meringue pies are known for.