Tuesday, April 25, 2017
TWD - Lemon Meringue Tart A New Way
This week's Tuesday with Dorie recipe is Lemon Meringue Tart A New Way. Lemon Meringue Pie is a perennial favourite, and when I brought this one to work, it was no exception. Someone was disappointed that they missed out because they were trying to be good, then they changed their mind and there was no pie left.
Lemon Meringue Pies can be hit and miss. Too much meringue, it can be too sweet. Filling too lemony - it is not balanced out by the sweetness of the meringue (reminds me of the infamous "Sunlight Soap" lemon pie served to us at college, to much derision). Oh, and some recipes have a weepy filling - check out the Daring Bakers version that I made many moons ago.
However, this lemon meringue "tart" suffered from none of those shortcomings. The "new way", according to Dorie, is that this lemon tart has a flan-like filling. I believe that Dorie's introduction comes from the perspective that this tart is different to a traditional tarte au citron, which has a curd-like filling. However, it is very much the type of lemon meringue pie that I am used to, and which is a staple of Australian cafes.
And what a lovely lemon meringue tart it is. The filling is a lemony pastry cream rather than a curd, so there is no weepiness, and it is smooth and silky. It also set up like a dream. The meringue was good, although someone said she would have liked more. To solve this, you could just use the two additional egg whites that are left over from this recipe to make a more voluminous meringue.
I have neither a blow torch nor a broiler, so I just put my tart into the oven for an extra ten minutes after adding the meringue topping. It may have made the crust a little too brown around the edges, but it didn't detract from the flavour.
Verdict - a thumbs up.
To see what the other Dorie bakers made this week and what they thought of it, visit the LYL section of the TWD website.