March 18, 2014

Lemon Tart with Meringue Cookies

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On the Menu Today~
Lemon Tart with
Meringue Cookies



This recipe is featured on CCN~
Culinary Content Network~  The Daily Meal

 


Instead of topping this
Lemon Tart with a Whipped Topping...
Try using Meringue Cookies~

Meringue cookies are light and airy,
delicious and low-fat.
Meringue cookies add a festive and
whimsical touch to this sensational lemon tart.

Another thing I like about these cute cookies...
you can make them in any color you like!
A platter of pastel colored meringue cookies,
will add a festive touch on any spring luncheon table.




Lemon Tart with Meringue Cookies

Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 stick cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

Directions:
Make the crust
  1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and lemon zest in a large bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or your fingers, until dough starts to hold together.
  2. Stir together 1 tablespoon water and lemon extract, mix into dough. Shape dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Using your fingers press dough evenly into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove from refrigerator. Preheat oven to 375º Bake tart shell until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely.


Lemon Curd

Ingredients
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks, save the egg whites to make meringue cookies
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Directions:
Make the lemon curd

  1. Whisk together eggs, egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Whisk in lemon zest and juice. Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in butter, one piece at a time. Pour filling into cooled tart shell.
  2. Bake until filling is slightly puffed and set, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely.





Meringue Cookies

Ingredients
  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 drops yellow food coloring, optional
Directions:
Make the Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 225º
  2. Beat egg whites in large bowl,. with electric mixer on medium speed until frothy. Add cream of tartar and a pinch of salt. Beat until soft peaks form. Increase speed to medium-high. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time until sugar is dissolved and stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla extract and food coloring if using until well blended. Transfer meringue to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2 to 3/4 inch open star tip. Gently squeeze bag to pipe meringue onto 2 large foil lined baking sheets sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Bake both sheets of meringues at the same time for 45 minutes. Turn oven off. Let meringues stand in oven for 1 hour or until completely cooled. Remove from oven.
  4. Decorate the top of cooled lemon tart with meringue cookies.
Makes about 3 dozen meringue cookies

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Healthy Note: Make a homemade pizza healthier by using part-skim cheeses instead of their higher fat counterparts, or use lesser amounts of sharper flavored cheese, like Parmesan.
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