Hummingbird Bakery's Lemon Meringue Pie

It's July already! A few years back this time meant barbecues, beach and island holidays, shopping trips, flip flops, sun-dresses, and fresh cherries at £2.50 a kilo from Sainsbury's. This year, it means our department's Away Weekend, Rainforest Festival in Borneo, bonuses, and for me... a special work announcement.

First up is the Rainforest World Music Festival, which is an annual event held in Kuching, Sarawak over the second weekend of July in the Cultural Village, Santubong. There was a time when I went annually, and after two... or three years of a break, I'm going again this year as one of my friends will be performing on opening night! Amazing, yes? Also, some of my colleagues are heading over, and I thought it would be so much fun to go with this group of girls.

Which leads me to the question of: what baked goodies shall I bring home to Kuching with me? I've got a big family back home, my nan, my cousins, aunts and uncles, and then there are my good old friends, who complain about my subjecting them to food images on this blog as well as on facewaste. I have a fancy for something with a bit of zing... but we'll see... I have two days to plan and bake before my flight. I will welcome suggestions (facebook/whatsapp/tweet at me).

Today's share comes from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook, so for that reason I'm not gonna be able to share the recipe here with you. I do however, have one thing to say: the filling was far too runny for my taste, and I may adjust it in the future so that it yield a more cakey texture in the end.

Also, the recipe calls for the juice of 8 lemons, PLUS lemon zest. I like lemons as much as the next person, but this overload of lemons made me almost gag. So suffice to say... I'm definitely going to have to work on this recipe, to see if maybe I did it wrong, or there's something I can alter to fit my personal preferences.

It makes for a pretty dessert though!

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