I don’t belief anybody who doesn’t like lemon curd. You, in flip, would possibly select to not belief anybody who makes daring, sweeping, and questionably vital proclamations, but when I had been to choose a very superfluous soapbox to face on, it’s presently this. Everybody loves lemon curd. The one factor higher than lemon curd is lemon curd towards a pillowy meringue and a plume of softly whipped cream. These three flavors collectively are the premise of so many desserts, together with a chaotic one I name a Lemon Meringue Pie Smash in my second cookbook. It was whereas engaged on this recipe that I bought my go-to lemon curd right down to a easy formulation that by no means fails, and likewise got here to understand the culinary concord of a dessert that doesn’t go away us with leftover stray egg whites or yolks.
These meringues — that are, in truth, child pavlovas, in that they need to be crisp outdoors and plush inside vs. crisp throughout — are the best way I mix these flavors for visitors. I began making these for Passover a number of years in the past and even if it was a room stuffed with chocoholics, everybody, a minimum of briefly, forgot chocolate existed. I haven’t stopped since. I’m not often large on these sorts of assembled desserts; I would not have the area or endurance for plating, however these truly work splendidly for planning forward, which is the one approach to keep sane whenever you’re feeding lots of people without delay. You’re higher off, schedule-wise, making the meringues as they want an extended baking and cooling time. You would possibly as effectively make the lemon curd when you’re at it, because it retains fantastically and tastes greatest cooled. And in the event you use the Nancy Silverton trick of including bitter cream or crème fraîche to your whipped cream, it not solely makes it extra scrumptious and sophisticated, it stabilizes the whipped cream so you’ll be able to dollop it from the fridge whenever you’re prepared, even a day or two later. I’ve served these each already assembled, as proven, and likewise extra a-la-carte, with an enormous tower of meringues and spoons for serving your personal curd and cream to style. There’s by no means something left.
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Should you’re not into the whipped cream a part of this, I promise that these are actually wonderful with recent berries on high of the curd, too. I often use blackberries and blueberries.
- 4 giant egg whites
- Two pinches of salt
- 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, potato starch or arrowroot powder
- 2 medium/giant lemons
- 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
- 4 giant egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons (45 grams) unsalted butter
- 1 cup (225 grams) heavy or whipping cream
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons (30 grams) bitter cream or crème fraîche
- 2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated sugar, or extra to style
- Recent berries and/or powdered sugar, if you want
Make the meringues: Warmth oven to 250°F. Line two giant baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, mix the salt, sugar, and cornstarch. Within the giant bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer, beat the egg whites on medium/low pace till they start to thicken — they’ll look satiny and also you’ll see some trails kind from the beaters. Enhance the pace to medium, and sprinkle the sugar-cornstarch combination a small quantity at a time with the machine working, letting it totally disappear into the egg whites for 10 to twenty seconds earlier than including extra. Beat for one more minute or two as soon as added, then add vinegar and vanilla. Proceed to whip the combination till the egg whites are shiny, and stiff peaks kind when the whisk is lifted. I do that on a decrease pace than others as a result of I discover it makes a extra thick, secure meringue.
Scoop meringue batter in beneficiant 1/4-cup dollops evenly area over the 2 ready trays. You must have 12. Use the again of a soup spoon to create a swooshed indentation within the heart of every, good for puddling lemon curd. Switch pans to the oven and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, rotating the pans as soon as midway for even cooking. In the event that they appear to be browning, scale back the warmth to 225 for the remaining baking time. I discover that house ovens could be very inconsistent at decrease temperatures so right here’s what we’re on the lookout for after they’re performed: The meringues ought to really feel agency and dry, but when pressed within the heart (gently!), there needs to be a suggestion of softness inside. They need to be straightforward to elevate off the parchment. Flip the oven off and allow them to cool the remainder of the best way (or a minimum of 1 hour) inside.
Make the curd: Place the sugar in a heatproof bowl that can match over a saucepan (double-boiler type), however don’t put it on the range but. Finely grate the zest of each lemons into the sugar. Use your fingertips to rub them collectively to launch essentially the most quantity of taste from the peel. Then, add the juice of each lemons and egg yolks and whisk to mix. Set the bowl over an inch of boiling water; the bowl shouldn’t contact the water. Cook dinner, stirring, till the combination begins to gel or thicken till it coats the spoon or whisk (between 170 and 180°); it shouldn’t simmer. Take away from the warmth, add butter and stir till it melts, and pressure the curd by a fine-mesh sieve. Cowl, and let it cool; it would thicken because it does.
Make the whipped cream: Beat cream at medium pace till it begins to thicken, progressively sprinkle in sugar, whipping till free peaks kind. Add vanilla and bitter cream and beat till soft-to-medium peaks kind.
Assemble: Place one meringue on a plate and spoon a tablespoon of lemon curd on high. Dollop with whipped cream. End with powdered sugar, if you want, or berries.
Do forward/planning: I often make the meringues the day earlier than or the morning of the night I’ll want them. I often make the lemon curd whereas I’m at it; it retains for as much as 1 week within the fridge. I discover that I could make the whipped cream (the bitter cream or creme fraiche act as a stabilizer) and retailer it in a coated container or jar and the subsequent day it’s nonetheless 95% to 99% which is sweet sufficient for me and greater than ok for dolloping.
Inspiration notes: Whereas these are SK recipes, I loved visible inspiration each A Cozy Kitchen’s gorgeous Meringues with Citrus Curd and Fruit in addition to Susan Spungen’s Mini Pavlovas with Lemon Curd and Crushed Pistachios and wager you’ll too.