Mini Cranberry Meringue Pie
This petite pie-for-one is baked in a tender, crumbly pate sucree crust. Blood orange juice provides the tart berries with a mild sweetness. The individual desserts can be assembled and baked a day ahead; add the meringue just before serving for the freshest presentation.
- Yield: Makes 12
Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2006
- All-purpose flour, for work surface
- Pate Sucree Citrus Variation
- 3 1/4 cups fresh cranberries (12 ounces)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped blood orange zest, plus 1/4 cup blood orange juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground cloves
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 large egg whites
- Pinch of cream of tartar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut out 4 1/8-inch fluted rounds, and fit into cups of a standard 12-cup muffin tin (not nonstick). Pierce bottoms with tines of a fork. Freeze 15 minutes.
Line each shell with parchment paper, and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake 15 minutes. Remove weights and parchment. Return to oven; bake until bottoms are just turning golden, 5 minutes more. Transfer to wire racks; let cool 5 minutes. Remove shells from tin; let cool completely.
Bring 2 cups cranberries, 1 cup sugar, and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat, and simmer mixture, stirring occasionally, until cranberries have burst, about 5 minutes. Pour through a coarse sieve, then a fine sieve; discard solids. (You should have about 1 3/4 cups; if you have less, add water).
Bring strained cranberry juice, 1/4 cup sugar, the zests, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and remaining 1 1/4 cups cranberries to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries are soft but have not burst, about 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, stir cornstarch, blood orange juice, and 1/4 cup water in a bowl; whisk into cranberry mixture. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook, stirring, until translucent, about 1 minute. Divide among prepared shells. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour (up to overnight).
Preheat broiler. Put egg whites and remaining 1/4 cup sugar into the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer set over a pan of simmering water; whisk until sugar has dissolved and mixture is hot to the touch. Attach to mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat on medium speed until foamy. Raise speed to high. Add cream of tartar; beat until medium, glossy peaks form. Divide the meringue evenly among pies.
Set pies under broiler until tops are browned, 30 seconds to 1 minute.