“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Pie „
I bought one of these Lemon Meringue Pies the other day purely on a whim. We were having a salad based evening meal and I thought this would make a substantial pudding to balance out the lighter main course and that being lemon flavoured it would also be refreshing in this hot weather.
The first thing to say is that the packaging has been updated slightly and now shows a picture of a pie with individual peaks of meringue which is an accurate representation of what lies within the cardboard box. The colour of the packaging is still yellow and orange.
It's a shame about those individual peaks of meringue because they gives the overall impression of a processed food item rather than if the meringue had been swirled over the surface. It also means it's not as easy to pass this off as all your own work (not that I would ever do that, of course!)
The pack weighs 430g and states that this serves six people but the pie is quite small and I rather think it would serve six people who haven't had salad for their main course and don't have very large appetites. I think it would more accurately serve four people or five at a pinch.
The details on the reverse of the box give instructions for heating this product but we actually ate it cold.
The ingredients list is remarkably short: Water, Sugar, Wheat Flour, Lemon Juice (11%), Butter (6%), Pasteurised Egg, Modified Maize Starch, Buttermilk Powder, Dried Egg White, Vegetable Fat, Dextrose, Salt, Raising Agents and Colour.
This product is suitable for vegetarians and although it doesn't contain nuts, the details on the pack state that the manufacturers can't guarantee it is nut free.
The calories quoted for a 100g serving, which is approximately a quarter of the pie, is 255 kcal and most of these come from the high sugar and carbohydrate content. In 100g of pie there is 42.3g of carbohydrate and 26.6g of those carbs are sugar, so this is really intended to be eaten as an infrequent treat rather than an everyday pudding.
The pie has a fairly short shelf life (I bought this on 8th July and the use by date is 11th July) and it needs to be kept refrigerated. It is also unsuitable for freezing.
Appearance & Taste:
As I've already stated, the individual peaks of meringue give this pie a factory-made look. However, once the pie is cut into pieces, it looks more appealing. The pastry is firm though slightly crumbly and the filling is also firm and a natural looking shade of yellow. Each slice seems to hold its shape very well and the ratio between the pie filling and the meringue was good.
The taste is pleasant though not sensational. The pastry is nothing to shout about and despite containing butter doesn't really taste buttery in the way that homemade pastry does. The lemon filling is tart without making your mouth pucker and has a rich, almost creamy consistency. The meringue, however, is very sweet and after the first mouthful I left mine.
Amazingly, this pie is still retailing at £2.15. I notice that one of the other reviews from approximately a year ago quotes the same price, so a thumbs up to Tesco for not increasing this in the last twelve months.
This was a reasonably tasty pie, although I think even my debateable culinary skills could have produced a better one had I had either the time or the inclination, and at that price it is reasonably good value. I didn't find the taste particularly moreish and one piece was definitely enough. At a push, I would buy this product again but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to do so.
I live very near a big Tesco's and - on a whim - have bought all manner of pre-packaged own-brand desserts from the store - very few of which (probably because I usually I go for the chocolate / mud pie / toffee variety of sweet) - I've ever found to be actually any good. The ones I've bought always look great on the packet and sound delicious on the packaging blurb, but are usually all-round disappointments.
This all goes to explain why I've been shopping for desserts at Tesco for so long and yet have missed out on ever trying their lemon meringue pie. While it doesn't sound great or look brilliant on the box it is astonishingly tasty.
I got mine reduced to £1.29 from the cook-chill section as it was going out of date but it usually retails for about the £1.80 mark; this provides about four generous portions (I think the 'serves 6' written on the box is a bit ambitious). It's intended to be a 'hot' dessert - so you put the pie, in its silver foil dish, in the oven for 15-20 minutes before serving. This warms up the meringue topping, and crisps up the pastry edging admirably. The lemon filling lovely and zesty and sweet, and has a good consistency, not too runny and not too thick, and the meringue, while apart from the very outside is mostly 'moist' meringue (rather than the dry-cooked stuff) is fine to eat too.
Admittedly the lemon meringue pie doesn't look great when it emerges from the box; the fragile meringue topping gets bashed about during transit and crumbles up, but this doesn't affect the pie's eating qualities one bit.
It has 250 calories per 100g and contains dairy products (butter) and pasturised / dried eggs. I'd give this five stars in the review if the eggs were listed as being free-range.
When I have a dessert I normally prefer things that contain Chocolate and perhaps Cream. In fact I love Profiteroles, so that probably sums up a good dessert from me. When I was in Tesco the other day I saw this in the freezer section and it was priced at £1.50 for 430g, so I got one to try. That's the good thing about Dooyoo - i've read a couple of reviews about this, now I buy it, review it myself therefore the money I spent on it I kinda get back in a way!
This tastes like any other Lemon Meringue Pie i've had. That's not a negative about this, just that it wasn't that special. To serve this you defrost at room temperature for apprx 1 and a 1/2 hours, and I just took this out the box from Frozen, put on a plate and left in the Kitchen and by the time I served this it had defrosted fine.
Packaging is alright. The Pie sits in a foil circular tray and this is in a Light yellow coloured box. There is a picture of the Pie on the fronr, and I think it looks pretty yummy. The writing on the box is a light brown colour, so the writing doesn't exactly grab you, as it blends into the yellow-ness of the box.
Although on the box it says it serves 6 people (I never get where they judge their sizings - is it 6 Chihuahuas they are trying to feed?) I would say it is more suitable to 4 decent sized dessert sized servings.
Upon eating this I decided I would buy it again on an occassion that I wanted something non Chocolatey. The Pastry Base was quite light and a little soggy. It was thick enough for the balance out the rest of the flavourings. The Lemon in this was pretty Tart and there was plenty of it. A very Citrus tang to it, and the Meringue on top was White, light and fluffy. It was slightly swirled with the odd peak on it.
A nice light summery dessert that is a decent price.
Tesco Lemon Meringue Pie is a reasonably priced family dessert at £2.15 for a 430g pie. It's found in the chiller section at Tesco, though there is a similar frozen variety available if you prefer. This particular version is not suitable for home freezing and should be kept in the fridge, due to the nature of the ingredients used in it.
The first thing I should say about this is that ideally, it's meant to be cooked before being served. I'm aware that this is the case with some meringue pies, but personally I don't think I've ever had it hot. You can, and we do, eat it cold just fine. This is how I've always had this kind of dessert and how I'm happy to continue having it!
This is easy to serve, as it's got a well bound texture that stays together well. I was surprised as I thought all the gooey fillings and toppings would mean this was going to be tricky and flimsy to serve, but it was just fine. It held together fairly well while I was dishing it out into everyone's bowls.
The pasty on this is quite thin, but has a really nice flavour to it. The base is quite moist and sweet, with slightly crumblier sides. The lemon filling is rich, sweet and really tangy all at the same time. It's got a slightly thickened texture to it, and is a lot like a good quality lemon curd in my opinion.
I also like the topping they've used, though I do think it could be a little bit thicker. I know that good quality meringue is supposed to be light and crisp, but with the light, almost liquid lemon filling, I think the topping could do with being a bit crunchier to give the whole thing a firmer texture over all.
All in all this is a nice dessert though. For just over £2, you can serve up to six people with a decent little pudding that most people are bound to approve of. It's a little bit sweet and a little bit savoury all at the same time, with a decent quality texture to it. My only small criticism is that the meringue could be a little more dense.