It’s work study time again!! That means I get to work in the kitchen with a high school senior and teach her some (hopefully) invaluable cooking and baking tips. I never really think I’m going to enjoy it until we actually get into the kitchen and have such a blast that I come up with more and more fun ideas for what we can do the next day. Many moons ago (May 2012, to be exact), I had a few great students over and we made Pumpkin Oil Ice Cream with Pumpkin Seed Brittle. Shout out to Reva, Daniella and Tess!!! I can still remember the amazing flavor of that brittle. So this year, my good friend, kitchen partner in crime and fellow foodie, Naomi Nachman from The Aussie Gourmet, asked me if I would work with her daughter, Gabi, and I was all over that! I absolutely love Gabi! She babysits my kids, loves my dog and is just a blast to be around. She mentioned how much she has always wanted to make lemon meringue pie so of course we had to try something a little different and choose a new flavor for the filling. Same process as lemon meringue but I had a juicy pineapple sitting on my counter and it immediately became out inspiration. Since pineapple and coconut are made for each other, we decided together to use coconut oil in the flakey crust and sprinkle coconut on top of the meringue for some seriously great flavor and texture. What can I say? It all just works!
You’ll notice lots of hands in this shoot! I don’t often have a friend in the kitchen with me so I totally took advantage of this opportunity to put Gabi’s hands in every photo I could. Her hands are officially famous now. Scroll to the bottom to see how beautiful Gabi Nachman is inside and out!
I have to admit that I am pretty terrible at crimping pie dough but we made it work. Definitely the most simple technique but it looks really pretty, right?!?
Oh, that meringue. That beautiful silky meringue. Personally, my favorite thing to do is bake the meringues until light and crunchy but I’ll never say no to a pie topped with toasted meringue AND coconut.
Just a pie cooling on a window sill. Nothing to see here.
Now gimmme some of that sugar!