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For the Pastry Crust
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
- 1 pinch of salt
- 4 ounces butter (room temperature)
- 2 tablespoons cold water
For the Filling
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup lemon juice
- 1 grated lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1¾ fluid ounces butter (room temp)
For the Meringue
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2⅛ fluid ounces sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
Lemon Meringue Tart is a community recipe submitted by maja_pravo and has not been tested by Nigella.com so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.
To make the pastry crust: Whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, zest and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter with knife and mix all together by hands until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle 2 tbsp. cold water, stirring gently with a fork to distribute the moisture evently. Continue adding water just until the dough begins to come together when a small bit is pressed between your fingers; do not overwork the dough. Press the dough together to form a ball.Shape it into a disk and refrigerate, wrapped in wax paper, for at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the filling: Beat the egg yolks and 2 tbsp. of granulated sugar with an ecectric mixer on high speed for 10 minutes. Stir 1/3 cup lemon juice and 1 lemon grated zest. Transfer the mixture to a heavy medium saucepan and add butter. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens and leaves a path on the back of a wooden spoon (do not alow the mixture to boil). Refrigerate filling until you're ready to fill the tart shell.
Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer on medium speed just until foamy. Add remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Keep beating just until the egg whites form stiff peaks.
Fold the egg whites into refrigerate egg yolks.
Preheat your oven on 160°C.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 2-3 mm thin. Transfer it to the tart pan and press in the dough with your fingertips to evenly line the bottom and side of a pan. Trim the edge. Prick the pastry all over with a fork. Bake 5 minutes on 160°C.
Remove the tart from the oven and pour in it prepared egg whites and egg yolks lemon mixture.
Put into the oven and bake for more 5 minutes on the same temperature.
Meanwhile, prepare meringue: Whisk together egg whites with pinch of salt and beat it with electric mixer until they becom foamy. In small saucepan whisk together cornstarch, water and sugar and cook until it become sticky (for 1 minute). Pour the mixture into the wgg whites and mix well.
Remove tart from the oven, top the tart filling with the meringue mixture, using a rubber spatula to crate stormy surface. Bring to oven and bake 10 minutes more on the same temperature.
Leave baked tart in the tart pan for 10 minutes to cool down on the room temperature.