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Mary Jane from Eau Claire, WI

Mary Jane 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?

Pleasantly satisfied.

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

Summer Cooler Meringue Pie. I used the pie crust recipe from the America's Test Kitchen Cookbook. The filling recipe was Jane Beedle's recipe from The Great British Bake Off, which I modified. I used lemon, lime and orange juice and zest in my filling. The meringue was from a 1970 Pillsbury cookbook.

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

The disaster that I had was the meringue when cooled formed liquid between the filling and meringue. I would have used more orange juice and zest next time. The pie turned out having a very citrus flavor. The crust was not soggy and the meringue did not weep on top. Next time I will cool the filling before putting the meringue on top.

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

I used eggs and butter made in Wisconsin.