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 mandatory proclamations, but when I have been to select a very superfluous soapbox to face on, it’s at present this. Everybody loves lemon curd. The one factor higher than lemon curd is lemon curd in opposition to a pillowy meringue and a plume of softly whipped cream. These three flavors collectively are the idea 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 received my go-to lemon curd right down to a easy system that by no means fails, and in addition got here to understand the culinary concord of a dessert that doesn’t depart us with leftover stray egg whites or yolks.
These meringues — that are, in actual fact, child pavlovas, in that they need to be crisp exterior and plush inside vs. crisp right through — are the way in which I mix these flavors for visitors. I began making these for Passover a few years ago and even though it was a room stuffed with chocoholics, everybody, a minimum of briefly, forgot chocolate existed. I haven’t stopped since. I’m not normally huge on these sorts of assembled desserts; I wouldn’t have the area or persistence for plating, however these truly work splendidly for planning forward, which is the one solution to keep sane whenever you’re feeding lots of people directly. You’re higher off, schedule-wise, making the meringues as they want an extended baking and cooling time. You would possibly as nicely make the lemon curd whilst you’re at it, because it retains fantastically and tastes greatest cooled. And if you happen to use the Nancy Silverton trick of adding sour cream or crème fraîche to your whipped cream, it not solely makes it extra scrumptious and complicated, it stabilizes the whipped cream so you may 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 in addition extra a-la-carte, with an enormous tower of meringues and spoons for serving your individual curd and cream to style. There’s by no means something left.
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In the event you’re not into the whipped cream a part of this, I promise that these are actually wonderful with contemporary berries on high of the curd, too. I normally 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 type from the beaters. Enhance the pace to medium, and sprinkle the sugar-cornstarch combination a small quantity at a time with the machine operating, letting it absolutely 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 type 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, steady meringue.
Scoop meringue batter in beneficiant 1/4-cup dollops evenly area over the 2 ready trays. It is best to 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 dwelling ovens could be very inconsistent at decrease temperatures so right here’s what we’re searching for after they’re accomplished: 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 simple to carry off the parchment. Flip the oven off and allow them to cool the remainder of the way in which (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 fashion), 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 probably 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. Prepare 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 means of a fine-mesh sieve. Cowl, and let it cool; it’ll thicken because it does.
Make the whipped cream: Beat cream at medium pace till it begins to thicken, step by step sprinkle in sugar, whipping till unfastened peaks type. Add vanilla and bitter cream and beat till soft-to-medium peaks type.
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 normally make the meringues the day earlier than or the morning of the night I’ll want them. I normally 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 lined 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.