These little Lemon Meringue Tarts are so adorable and bite sized, so it’s great to serve at parties. This recipe from A Table For Two (Billy Law) uses Meyer Lemons which I believe are sweeter, but fret not, your common supermarket lemons can also be used!
Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts (Recipe by Billy Law)
Makes: 20-24 mini tarts
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Passive Time: 2 hours
125g chilled unsalted butter, cut into cubes
30g caster sugar
200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
pinch of salt
60ml chilled water
zest of 2 lemons
230ml lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)
3 egg yolks
240ml heavy cream
115g caster sugar
3 egg whites
150g caster sugar
1. To make the pastry, put all the ingredients, except the water, into a food processor and pulse until it resembles breadcrumbs.
2. Slowly pour water in a steady stream while still pulsing, until it comes together and forms a rough dough.
3. Place the dough out onto a floured surface and gently gather all loose crumbs together to form a smooth firm dough. Flatten the dough into an inch thick , wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
4. To make the lemon curd, add lemon zest, juice and sugar in a medium saucepan and heat over medium high heat to the boiling point and sugar has dissolved, then remove from heat.
5. Whisk yolk together in a mixing bowl, then slowly pour the hot mixture in a stream into the yolk while keep whisking until combined. Add the heavy cream to the mixture, stir and then pour it back into the saucepan.
6. Place saucepan over medium heat, keep stirring with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens, it will take about 15 minutes. Test it by coating the back of the wooden spoon with the curd, and draw a line with your finger, if the line stays clean then the curd is thick enough and is ready. Pour the curd into a bowl and let it cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and transfer to refrigerator until ready to be used.
7. Roll the chilled pastry on a floured surface to about 2mm thick. Use a 3-inch ring cutter, cut dough into small round discs then line the tin, press down firmly with fingers. Place the tin in the refrigerator for 20 minutes and pre heat oven to 200°C.
8. Blind bake the tart cases for 15-20 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, remove tart cases from the tin and let it rest on a wire rack.
9. Fill a piping bag with lemon curd, then pipe into each tart case and let it set in the refrigerator.
10. To make the meringue, add sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Use a thermometer to measure the temperature of the sugar syrup and have the egg white inside the bowl of an electric stand mixer on standby.
11. Once the temperature of the sugar syrup reaches 115°C, start whisking the egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks.
12. When the sugar syrup reaches 121°C, remove from heat and let the boiling bubbles settle a little bit, then gently and slowly pour the hot sugar syrup down the side of the mixing bowl into the egg white. Make sure the sugar syrup doesn’t catch on the whisk and crystallised. Keep whisking the meringue until the bowl is cool to touch and the meringue is now smooth, satiny and glossy. Fill a piping bag with the meringue.
13. Pipe the meringue onto the top of the lemon curd until it is completely covered. Use a kitchen blowtorch to light scorch the meringue all over.