Lemon Meringue Tart

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Lemon Meringue Tart

Lemon Meringue Tart, I made this delicious tart from Sabine Venier  of  “Also the Crumbs Please” It is so delicious and worth making if you are a lemon lover like me!

Crust

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour(200g)

¼ cup powdered sugar(30g)

 ¼ tsp salt

cup cold unsalted butter(150g)

1 large egg yolk

2 tbsp cold water (30ml)

Lemon Meringue Tart

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Lemon filling

6 large egg yolks

cup cornstarch (35g)

1 ½ cups granulated white sugar (300g)

1 ½ cups water (360ml)

cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (160ml)

1 tsp lemon zest

¼ tsp salt

2 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cubed (30g)

Lemon Meringue Tart

Meringue

4 large egg whites

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 cup sugar

Lemon Meringue Tart

Instructions

Lemon Meringue Tart is tangy and sweet: Make the Crust

    • Make the crust in a food processor: Place flour, sugar, salt, and butter in a food processor and pulse 4-5 times until coarse meal forms. Add egg yolk and pulse 2 times. Add one tablespoon water at the time and pulse 1-2 times after every tablespoon. Stop pulsing when the dough starts to clump.
    • If you don’t have a food processor, then make the crust with a pastry cutter or two forks instead: In this case mix together flour, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Then add butter and cut it into the mixture until it resembles coarse meal with pea-sized butter flakes. Then add egg yolk, and water little by little until the texture starts to clump.
    • Form crust into a 1 – 1.5-inch thick disc without kneading. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 4 days.
    • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough disc into a 12-inch circle. Transfer to a 9-inch pie dish. Press into the bottom and the sides of the pan and trim off any excess crust. Freeze for 30 minutes.
    • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Line chilled crust with parchment paper and push it lightly against the bottom and the sides of your crust. Make sure that the parchment paper covers the edges of your crust completely to prevent it from heavy browning. Then fill the tart with dried beans ( beans or rice) leaving the parchment paper in the tart. Transfer to the preheated oven and place a piece of parchment paper underneath the baking pan. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 20 minutes. Then remove the paper and the baking beans and let cool completely.

Make the filling

    • In a medium bowl whisk egg yolks and cornstarch to combine. Set aside.
    • In a saucepan bring water, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and zest over medium-high heat to a simmer. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved, stirring constantly.
    • Turn heat down to medium-low. Stir about ½ cup of the hot liquid into the egg yolks to slowly warm it. Then pour warmed egg mixture slowly into the saucepan, whisking constantly.
    • Cook until filling is thick and looks like pudding, for about 5-6 minutes. It needs to be thick that it plops from a spoon or the filling won’t set in the crust. Turn temperature down or remove the pan from the heat for a few seconds that it doesn’t burn, if necessary. Whisk continuously.
  • Remove from heat and stir in butter little by little until smooth and fully combined for about 1-2 minutes. Pour through a mesh strainer and transfer to the crust. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.

Make the meringue

    • Remove eggs from the refrigerator and separate, as they will separate best cold.
    • Allow egg whites to reach room temperature to allow them to whip to their fullest.
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    • Pour eggs whites into a spotlessly-clean bowl.
    • Whip the egg whites until they are glossy and smooth, then add the cream of tartar to help the egg whites hold their form.
    • Slowly add the sugar to the egg whites about a tablespoon at a time, beating after each addition until the sugar is incorporated. Continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  • Spread meringue on top of pre-baked tart, place about 4 inches under the broiler and watch carefully until golden brown, or bake in the oven  for 10 minutes.
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