Happy weekend everyone!!
While growing up in Switzerland, we used to spend a lot of time in the forest. With family or with school. They have nicely looked after hiking trails. There is just something calming and peaceful about it. We would also often look for and find a lot of blueberries and strawberries! Now these are sweet memories:)
I’ve had a lot of raspberries and we are still picking some strawberries in our garden. We used to have blackberries but after getting hurt (scratched) a lot, we had enough and we dug the plant out…but I tell you that is a stubborn plant, it keeps on growing back…My brother in Switzerland has a thorn-less blackberry plant!!! That is the most amazing thing. Haven’t seen this here so far.
For this berry pie I used a mix of what I like to call forest berries (Waldbeeren): blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. Deliciously melt in your mouth meringue filling! Totally worth trying out! Feel free to use your favorite pie crust recipe.
Forest Berries Meringue Pie
- 200 g unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 100 g butter, cold, cut into very small pieces
- 2-3 tbsp honey
- 1/2 lemon, zest
- 1 egg
-Mix together flour and salt, add butter and with a pastry blender or your hands mix until crumbly.
-Add lemon zest, honey and egg. Knead only until it holds together. Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
-Preheat oven to 375F/190C
-Grease a 9-inch pie form. Roll out dough to fit form. Prick dough with a fork. For blind baking I cover bottom with parchment paper, then as a weight I pour some legumes like dry chickpeas over paper. Bake for about 10 minutes then remove paper with legumes and lower oven temperature to 350F/180C and finish bake until golden brown.
- 3 egg whites
- 1 pinch of salt
- 150 g sugar (I used honey)
- 500 g berries of your choice (I used blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)
-Beat egg whites with salt until peaks form, add half of the sugar, beat until shiny then add rest of sugar until stiff.
-Mix half of the meringue with the berries. Fill into baked pie crust. Then top with remaining meringue.
-Bake in 375F/190C oven for a few minutes until golden brown.
Hiking in the Swiss Alps 2016
Wishing you all a happy weekend!
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