The Blog’s 4th Birthday Giveaway plus Lemon Meringue Pie in Glasses

Can someone please tell me where the last four years went? So much has happened since I first started Cooking For Busy Mums back when my first son was nearly 6 months old in 2010 that I can hardly believe I am still here four years on doing what I love and sharing recipes with you as well as raising two growing (hungry) boys, running a household, working part- time and being the many hats a mother and wife has to be.

So this is a celebration for the blogs 4th Birthday but also a celebration for every Mum and being able to achieve so many things everyday, we all need to celebrate ourselves.
Now, you see Kambrook have been a consistent support to the blog over the last year and for that I thank them. They also have been lovely enough to provide their new PowerMix Planetary Bench Mix to giveaway to one lucky reader.

This bench mixer has been with me for a few months now and I have loved having her in my kitchen. She makes light work or whisking cream and eggs, puts just the right amount of air into my cake and muffin mixes and also lends her hook to make my bread and pizza dough.  She really is a versatile machine and gives me back my hands for a few minutes to wrangle the dishes or tend to toddler jumping at my feet.
If you don’t have the budget for one of the other well known bench mixers then this is for you, it comes in at about $170 and won’t leave your bank balance dry. Sure it doesn’t come in pretty colours or have the ability to attach grinding and mincing blades etc but for me it does what I need it to do and that’s give me back my hands and helps me get my baking done quickly. It’s also not as heavy or big as the other expensive bench mixers which makes it nice and easy to get in and out of the cupboard (I don’t have the bench space to leave it out).
I celebrated the blogs 4th Birthday with these lovely Lemon Meringue Pies in a Glass. They are absolutely delicious and perfect for when you are having a celebration or dinner party. Make them in the morning eat them when your ready – fabulous, your guests will think you have been in the kitchen all day but really it only takes about 30 minutes for this sneaky dessert.


Lemon Filling
3 Lemons, juiced
4 Tbs Corn flour
1 1/4 Cups Water
3/4 Cup Raw Sugar
4 Egg Yolks
90 grams Butter
1 Packet Arrnots Lemon Crisps – they have a salty lemon flavour (use a pre-made gluten free biscuit to make this recipe Gluten Free)
Italian Meringue
1 Cup Caster Sugar
1/4 Cup Water
4 Egg Whites


Lemon Filling

1. Place the Water, sugar and lemon juice into a medium saucepan. Place over a medium heat and bring to the boil, stirring occassionally until it does.. Once it just starts to boil remove from the heat and whisk in the cornflour, egg yolks and butter. Give it a good whisk and return to a low heat whisking continually for about 30 seconds until thick and smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.


1. Place the biscuits into a food processor and process with the metal blade until all the biscuits are broken down into even size pieces.

Italian Meringue

1. In a small saucepan add the sugar and water, stir to combine. Place the saucepan over a medium heat and continue to stir regularly.
2. After about 1 minute the sugar should start to dissolve, at this point place the 4 egg whites into the bowl of the bench mixer and using the balloon whisk, whisk until it becomes white and frothy. At this point the water and sugar mix should be completely dissolved and slowly bubbling away.
3. Very Very slowly pour the sugar syrup into the egg whites while it is still whisking.
4. Continue to whisk until the mixture in completely cool.

It should be white, glossy and hold its form really well.

The next part is the fun part, assemble into chosen glasses. I have used some lovely wine glasses. You could use plastic wine glasses, shot glasses for smaller serves etc.

Layer: Biscuit, Lemon Filling, Biscuit, then pipe the meringue on top (or you could simply spoon on)

Optional: If you have a kitchen blow torch, use it to brown the top of the meringue (if using plastic cups, be careful not to heat the plastic) other wise it is perfectly fine as it is as the hot sugar syrup has cooked the egg whites.

Sprinkle with some silver balls or decoration of choice.

Refrigerate until ready to eat.

Makes 6 large serves.

If you would like the chance to win the Kambrook PowerMix Planetary Bench Mixer, all you have to do is follow the rafflecopter prompts below and also leave me a comment about what you would like to see from Cooking For Busy Mums in the coming year.  OPEN TO AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS ONLY.

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107 Responses to The Blog’s 4th Birthday Giveaway plus Lemon Meringue Pie in Glasses

  1. Mark Smith March 2, 2014 at 6:55 am #

    I would love to see a good Aussie Meat pie recipe

  2. Michelle Joy March 2, 2014 at 6:57 am #

    I’d love to see lot’s of these simple but stylish deserts like the Lemon Meringue in a glass. Beautiful, delicate, tasteful and a delight to both the eye and mouth.

  3. Anonymous March 2, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    I’d like to see easy dinner recipes

  4. Becci ~ Becci's Domestic Bliss March 2, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    I am always on the look out for healthy lunchbox and after school snacks.

  5. Kelly Brady March 2, 2014 at 7:00 am #

    I would like to see some more lunchbox recipes as I have a new little preppy this year.

  6. Simone Powell March 2, 2014 at 7:07 am #

    Im also going to go with lunchbox ideas or dinners that are quick and easy or can be done earlier in the day and left to cook the arvo away! Leaves more time to spend with my school kids when they get home doing homework etc 🙂

  7. Anonymous March 2, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    Anything healthy and delicious.

  8. Vanessa Borham March 2, 2014 at 7:16 am #

    love to get a new kitchen mixer. The one I have is a million years old and needs new parts. Will keep our grocery bill down too

  9. Amanda Q March 2, 2014 at 7:21 am #

    Oooh if id had this recipe last night my husband would’ve been thrilled! I’d love to see quick & easy dips & entertaining food for when unexpected guests rock up x

  10. Karly Hanson March 2, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    I would love to see more soup and stir fry amd casserole receipes!

  11. Anne J March 2, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    I would love to see a healthy sausage roll recipe! 🙂

  12. kelbel Bowman-Kronholm March 2, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    I’d love to see more “in a glass” recipe 😀

  13. cathyg March 2, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    I would love to see more freezer meals

  14. Lis March 2, 2014 at 8:37 am #

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  15. Lis March 2, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    This looks yummy 🙂 Would love to see more lunchbox ideas have really enjoyed the recent series of posts.

  16. Suzanne March 2, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    I love all your recipes but would love more easy dinner meals for two people and freezer meals as well. thankyou.

  17. Kell March 2, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    I would love to see some casserole recipes

  18. Anonymous March 2, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    On the lookout for Healthy Lunchbox ideas and ideas for leftovers and some sweet treats!
    Gwen Fletcher

  19. CatherineF March 2, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    I would love to see lunchbox ideas you can freeze. The Bench Mixer would also make them quicker and easier for the busy mums.

  20. Anonymous March 2, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Looks awesome!

  21. Tammy Baarda March 2, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    This would be amazing!

  22. Lorraine Bown March 2, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    A quick and easy chocolate mud cake for birthdays

  23. K isfor Kelly March 2, 2014 at 10:01 am #


    I’d love to see some exotic flavoured Macarons!

  24. Anonymous March 2, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    Would love to see more low fat versions of favourites like sausage rolls, meat pies, quiches, sauces for pasta dishes, favourite ethnic dishes too 🙂 Gina Katsoulis

  25. Kim Scott March 2, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    With Cold Days Just Around The Corner Casseroles & Soups Would Be Great Thanks.

  26. Anonymous March 2, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    Healthy and quick mid week easy meals please

  27. Rachael Pollington March 2, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    I love this blog… especially the ingredient substitutions… what a brilliant idea!
    I would love to finally own a planetary mixer, and the only thing I can think of to add to your wonderful page, is maybe some recipes for lactose free icecreams and desserts… or information on some of the American ingredients we sometimes see in recipes online. Rachael Pollington

  28. Patricia March 2, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    More quick and easy dinner recipes

  29. Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 2, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Congrats on the 4 years! What a wonderful achievement 🙂

    I’s love to see more dinner ideas for kids….C is certainly at that fussy age!

  30. Anonymous March 2, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    recipes that freeze well. Especially baking that freezes for lunchboxes. If i have the oven on I prefer to cook 3 things at least. but i live on the coast in qld and cakes and muffins are mouldy after 3 days.

  31. cindy mcbeath March 2, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    simple and quick meal ideas for fussy kids please.

  32. Kataraina March 2, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    I would love to see more freezer friendly recipes for my kids lunches and some meals. With baby number 4 due in 15 weeks, a deep freezer full of healthy nutritious meals and lunch snack would be a complete sanity saver.

  33. Natalie Stoute March 2, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    With winter approaching, I’d love to see some new slow cooker recipes and soup recipes 🙂

  34. Jaimi Layt March 2, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    I would love to see some freezer friendly bulk meals from Cooking for busy mums….always handy and a great time saver. I’d also LOVE to see some healthy lunch box treats and some more of your AMAZING desserts Cooking for busy mums xxxx

  35. Jessie Hay March 2, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    Would love to see easy to make meals for larger families like mine 🙂 Oh and giveaways of course!

  36. Cathy Stone March 2, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    Love to see recipes for a quick and easy dinner party that caters for both adults and kids, with entree, main, and dessert. Also really love the idea of lemon meringue in a glass so would love to have recipes of easy to make desserts or slices and also tips and recipes for making vegetarian food that is easy to make and taste great. Thanks for such a informative blog, love your ideas and tips:). Thank you.

  37. Kerry-anne Doughty March 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    I’d love to see more recipes catering for one or two people. Not everyone has a family to cook for, and there seem to be so few tasty interesting recipes to serve only one or two people. Yes, we could make a “family-size” dish, and freeze portions, but sometimes it’s not practical financially to be able to afford to do this.

  38. Natasha Simpson March 2, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    I would love to see recipes for school lunch boxes.

  39. Lisa Nicholson March 2, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    hi ,
    I have been trying so many banana bread – cake recipes lately .
    What’s your favourite one ?
    Keep up the great work !!

  40. Angus Whitehouse March 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    I am in need of some more teenager recipes/ food ideas especially for boys as mine is eating me out of house and home. BTW I’ve never actually owned a mixer, so this would be a treat!

  41. Mary Preston March 2, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    What a delicious treat thank you.

    Quick, easy recipes to make my life easier would be much appreciated.

  42. Amber Boyce March 2, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Healthy, Quick Dinner Recipes

  43. buyinghouses101 March 2, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

    I always struggle with icing especially when i am baking for kids parties! Definitely needs some tips. Thanks- Ninu

  44. Jess Williams March 2, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

    I LOVE cooking and baking but my hubby still loves my Mum’s Pavlova over mine. Would love some tips 🙂

  45. Lauren March 2, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    More quick tasty lunchbox snacks for kids would be great. I battle everyday finding something that they will eat.

  46. sapna March 2, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    would love to see more vegetarian recipes and recipes for fussy eaters.

  47. Melissa Hart March 2, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    Love to see easy slow cooker recipes or one pot recipes

  48. hazey skye March 3, 2014 at 7:20 am #

    I’d love to see some great slow cooker recipes

  49. Anonymous March 3, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    Would like to see some slow cooker receipes please.

  50. Anonymous March 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Would like to see more quick and easy dinner recipes

  51. hafsah March 3, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    Would love to get great ideas, tips & tricks on cooking faster & delicious meals. Appreaciate it if it is from various countries recipes as well 🙂

  52. Carlene March 5, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    All I can say is…YUM! Would LOVE to win this 🙂

  53. Michelle March 5, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    Congratulations on your 4 years i would love to see some slow cooker reciepes as a busy mum i use my slow cooker alot and some lunchbox ideas
    thanks so much

  54. Karla Oleinikoff March 5, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    Quick, healthy and nutritious meals for us time poor mums!

  55. Telle Smith March 5, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    I love this recipe! Id like to see more easy dinner ideas 🙂

  56. Tracey March 5, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    I would love to see one-pot dinner recipes and some yummy healthy lunch ideas for home! Great blog 🙂

  57. karlene75 March 5, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    I often have oranges, apples, bananas and pears that go soft in the fruit basket before they can be eaten. I’d like recipe ideas that use soft fruit.

  58. Judi Williams March 5, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

    some quick nutritous meals for two people who are time poor

  59. Tracy A March 5, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    Now that my kids are a little older & its coming into the cooler months I’d love to see some delicious soup , casseroles or curry slow cooker recipes

  60. Charice Ulat March 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    i love to cook also , cooking for busy mums really helps me for giving a new , simple and easy recipe .. thanks and more new recipe to come

  61. Anita Shepherd March 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    Anita Shepherd…..I would love to see more gluten free quick cheap recipes/meals

  62. Krissy March 5, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

    I would love to see to some yummy healthy slow-cooked meals from around the world! Maybe even matching desserts…

  63. Tiffany Salinas March 5, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    easy party food please.

  64. KT March 5, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    I’d love some dinner ideas that can be prepared or cooked earlier in the day.

  65. Anonymous March 5, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    Congrats on the birthday! Id love to see more nut free lunches and snacks for kiddies. We aren’t nut free but preschool is 🙂 (im having issues leaving my details – Megan)

  66. Anonymous March 5, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Would love to win this for my daughter! So she can make healthy choices in her meal planning…

  67. Sue Thomson March 5, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    some do-ahead dinner ideas please 🙂

  68. Flick_101 March 5, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

    Super excited to be a part of the blogs 4th birthday 🙂 I would love to see some easy do ahead breakfasts, yum yum yumm 🙂

  69. Steph G March 5, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    Stephanie I’d like to see some healthy winter lunch ideas!

  70. Anonymous March 5, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    Anything I can make in the middle of the day and microwave for when we walk in late after sports training!

  71. Anonymous March 5, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    Easy dinner meals, and preschool lunchbox ideas.

  72. Casey McManus March 5, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    I have a one year old who won’t eat meat, so I would love to see a yummy, healthy vegetarian meal that will give him all the goodness he needs.

  73. Simone Jolly March 5, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    Freezeable birthday cakes please – so that they can be thawed on the day and just need a little decorating before being ready to go. Would be very useful on a busy birthday day or special occasion.

  74. Katarina Chalwell March 5, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    A dads easy meals so mum can have a night out

  75. Barry Hulcombe March 5, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    love the recipe’s would like to see some diabetic cooking Thanks

  76. Anonymous March 5, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    Soups and yummy lunchs for mummy
    So trying this recipe!!!

  77. Marilyn Kemp March 5, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    I like easy recipes, that do not use to many cooking utensils, as I do not have a dish washer. After creating my “masterpieces” I hate having lots of washing up to do

  78. Adriana McEwan March 5, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    I’d love to see some healthy and yummy soups and casseroles for the coming winter months please.

  79. Megan Holt March 5, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    Healthy fun lunch recipes for kids

  80. celine chacko March 5, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    I would like see more recipes for easy evening snacks.

  81. Mr Button March 5, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    Would love lunch ideas for little folk who won’t eat bread.

  82. From the kitchens of friends March 5, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    Ideas for fussy eaters for dinners and slow-cooker recipes, please

  83. Carol March 5, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    would really like to see more satisfying vegetarian meals please

  84. Leanne Bruce March 5, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    Could you please give me a substitute I can use as replacement for pasta in pasta bakes as my husband can’t eat carbs

  85. Cari March 5, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    I would love to see more one pot meals or crockpot meals!

  86. Dream Nolan 50 March 5, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    I would like to see lunchbox ideas. I seem to do the same thinks for the kids school lunch all the time 🙂

  87. Michelle Smith March 5, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    Hiyeee, I would love to see some recipes with tin tuna �� Thanku x

  88. mellie jane March 5, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    healthy recipes that are quick to whip up when the rest of the family is having a junk food night, are all out or just a quick lunch for one.

  89. ceerue March 5, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    I would love to see more of baking food. I am really enjoying your recipes and they are great.

  90. Anonymous March 5, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    Sticky date pudding…..great winter dessert 🙂

  91. MichVee March 6, 2014 at 3:02 am #

    Hi, firstly thank you so much for the opportunity to win.
    I would like to see more nutritional meals that aren’t high in fats or sugars.

  92. Anonymous March 6, 2014 at 5:20 am #

    Kelly Smith Healthy meals that can be frozen and also leftover recipes.

  93. Anonymous March 6, 2014 at 6:10 am #

    quick and easy gluten free desserts

  94. Anonymous March 6, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    This looks great! I always have trouble with my lemon meringue pies ‘weeping’. I’d love to see more quick easy recipes with a twist like this one!
    Thanks, Nat.

  95. Anonymous March 6, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    I would love to make a Passionfruit Cheesecake in a rolled Pavlova. I would have all bases covered as far as my family is concerned.
    Good luck with that I hear you saying.

  96. Rachie Scraps Here March 6, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Wow! I love the look of it…
    I would like to see anything yummo and anything with peanut butter and chocolate. ..
    thank you for the opportunity.

  97. Charity Tod March 6, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    World-wide crockpot cuisine!

  98. Kimberley.davies March 6, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    I would love to see some more seafood ideas. My 4yo lives fish but beyond homemade fish fingers I am pretty lost.

  99. carmywindy March 6, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    any great easy on pot meals. all your recipes are very handy. either for entertaining or just family meals great job.

  100. tanya clarke March 6, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    I’d love to see some really healthy and varied lunchbox options. Also, some vegie hiding ideas to get my 2 year old to eat more vegies. Love this lemon meringue. My mouth is salivating!

  101. Alanna Jane March 6, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    Easy quick speedy i just got home and have to feed the family something kinda recipes

  102. Anonymous March 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    my name is Glenda Annells I would like to see some savoury muffin recipies please

  103. Jessica Finden March 6, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    I would love to see my lunchbox ideas – healthy and fast. Also, some afternoon snack ideas that are freezer friendly.

  104. nancy Br March 6, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    I love all kind of recipes but most important is healthy

  105. Anonymous March 6, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    low cost healthy meals please

  106. julia frank March 6, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    love to see Beef Recipes

  107. Jhin Rizal April 28, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    tasty dessert made from biscuit, nice recipe for dinner

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