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Jill from Hollandale, WI

Jill participated in Week 6: Botanical, and attempted the Citrus Meringue Pie Challenge. Let's see how they did!

How do you rate your baking performance?

Rocked it.

Give your botanical creation a clever name — and tell us about your recipe.

Lime & Blackberry Italian Meringue Pie

Any disasters? Did you take any risks? Proudest moment? Lessons learned the hard way? Tell us about it.

This was a challenge to say the least. I had to make lime curd, then a blackberry compote in a reduced wine sauce, and had to pull out all the stops for the "Italian meringue," which required the use of a candy thermometer. I felt like I was juggling a million steps at once. Lesson learned: careful around sharp tools utensils when you are moving a mile a minute.

How did you add a Wisconsin twist to your flavors or decoration?

The end of season blackberries are in this pie and I used Botham Upland Reserve red when making the compote.