“ Type: Frozen Food „
If you have read some of my previous reviews you will know that I like lemon meringue pies. I normally make my own or, if I'm to busy then I'll buy a Green's make you own kit. However one day when Io was feeling rushed off my feet and the supermarket had run out of Green's!!!! So I was forced try something different and went for Heinz Lemon Meringue Pie. I found this hidden away in the frozen section, which wasn't a good sign to me as I think that freezing lemon meringue pies does tend to spoil them a bit. I bought it anyway though because I trust the Heinz brand, admitting I was a little perplexed at why they had made a dessert, I normally just think of hem as making ketchup and beans, oh well. It comes in a square 440g box for £1.99. In side the box the pie is in a foil tray. It doesn't need cooking, unless you want it hot, in which case put nit in the oven at a medium temperature for about 10 minutes. Otherwise, simply let it defrost for an hour and then serve it. There is enough pie for 4 people which is pretty good considering it only cost £2. The pastry isn't the best quality but it doesn't crumble when you bite it. The meringue is very sugary but that is probably because it needs a lot of sugar to stay in shape whilst it's frozen. The lemon bit in the middle is really nice; it has a very lemony, tangy taste that goes really well with the sweetness to the meringue. Overall I think that this is an ok pie. I'd rather make my own and I think that Green's is much better quality, probably because it does not freeze well. Overall I give this a 6 out of ten because it's very sweet, a little too sweet and it doesn't seem to have survived the freeze that well.
If someone was to ask my teenage son what his favourite dessert was he would not hesitate before providing an answer. Jack has long loved the taste of lemon meringue pie and I?m quite often to be found in the kitchen making one for dessert. To a degree my children have been spoiled in that most desserts in our house are home made, and on the rare occasions we have bought ready made ones, we?ve more often than not been disappointed with the taste, apart from Sara Lee, which is passable. This weekend saw us out and about in the town when I suddenly realised that daughter was having a sleepover that evening. As time was marching on I didn?t want to have to rush home and start preparing desserts so we decided to pay good old Iceland a visit and see what goodies they had in the dessert freezer. Nestled amongst the ice creams in the freezer were a huge choice of desserts in every type of variety imaginable. Stuck for choice I asked Amber to pick some items that she thought her friends would like and she delved in and chose a Lemon Meringue Pie. It wasn?t until we were paying for it I realised that the pie was made by Heinz and there was me thinking they only made beans, pizzas and soups! The Lemon Meringue Pie is packaged in a square cardboard box and weighs 440g. Heinz promise that the pie will serve four to six people but I never go much by manufacturer?s serving instructions as I live in a house with four hearty eaters and normally four servings means two, maybe three if you?re lucky. As the pie is frozen it needs to be left to defrost at room temperature for about an hour, after it has been removed from the packaging. It can also be served hot but as it was a warm day we decided to serve ours cold with ice cream. The pie is packaged in a foil dish and before cutting all you can see is the meringue which is piped in a p retty design and is predominantly white but has been browned to perfection before it has been frozen. Ok, the first moan. When we open the pie I just know there is no way this pie can possibly stretch to six people even if it is accompanied by a huge scoop of ice cream. Realistically the serving instructions should read ?Serves Four and no more? as four pieces are all that?s going to be served from it. The meringue has a slightly crusty surface but yields to a smooth fluffy meringue underneath and beneath the generous topping there is a layer of lemon pie filling enclosed in a pastry case. Both layers of the pie are thick and Heinz certainly haven?t skimped on either the filling or the meringue so that?s a good start. The lemon filling has a light yellow colouring which is a bit of a relief as I find so many of these pies are really vivid in colour, always a worry that artificial colours have been used. Serving the pie is a little tricky as it has a tendency to crumble if you?re not careful, leaving a sloppy dollop of filling an meringue rather than an attractive looking slice on the plate. Use a large spatula and you?ll find it stays in one piece and keeps its shape! The meringue has a very sweet flavour, but as a lot of sugar has to be used to maintain any shape in a meringue this is not surprising. The texture of the meringue is great though, a soft chewy almost marshmallow like feeling that melts in the mouth leaving the slightly crisp surface to disintegrate last on the tongue. The lemon pie has a thick jam-like consistency and although it is slightly sharp and has a pleasant tangy kick to it there?s too much sugar in it for me. I can?t see any good reason for ladling loads of sweetener into the pie filling as there is enough on the meringue to provide the sugar fix in the dessert and the lemony bit should be tart on the tongue, not sugary as this is. It?s pleasa nt enough but there?s just too much sweetness for me so I did leave a bit of this. The pastry case again is overloaded with sugar and again this is unnecessary although the pastry has a nice texture with a medium firmness that tastes buttery and as butter only makes up five per cent of the ingredients listed on the box, it is quirt remarkable that the pastry tastes as buttery as it does. As I suspected when I looked on the packaging Heinz do state there are no artificial colours or preservatives used in the pie so that explains the pale lemon of the pie filling and it is also suitable for vegetarians. There is a warning that the pie may contain traces of nuts though. The sell by date on the box would have allowed it to be kept in the freezer for ten months had we chose that option so it might be worth buying one of these and sticking it in the freezer for emergencies. If the pie is divided between four people you can expect to consume 294kcal and 9.6g of fat per portion although if they took some of the sugars out the figures would of course not be that high. I?m a bit undecided about this really. As far as pre-prepared frozen desserts go, it was palatable but the excessive sweetness did put me off a bit, although everyone else in the house gave it the thumbs up. As the majority of the household enjoyed it I might consider buying another one to put in the freezer or when the barbecues start in the Summer but I?d much rather make my own. Also at £1.99 a box, that equates to 50p per slice. Bah! It must be cheaper to make my own! Portion wise, only expect to get four servings out of the pie, and if you?re a sucker for all things sweet, the chances are you and the Heinz Lemon Meringue will get along famously. Maybe Heinz should just stick to beans after all.
A pastry case filled with lemon pie filling and topped with a creamy meringue topping.