Lemon Meringue Tarts and The Little Book of Baking Giveaway

Lemon Meringue Tarts

A no-fail recipe for a classic lemon meringue pie that’s easy to make, especially if you use store bought, ready maid graham cracker crusts. 

Good Housekeeping sent me The Little Book of Baking to review. It only has 55 recipes, but it’s filled with the basics that every baker should know how to bake. It’s also loaded with tips every baker should know: how to measure flour, how to make a pie crust, volumes of pans, and so much more, all in a cute little spiral bound book. Details on how you can win a copy of The Little Book of Baking are at the bottom of this post.

Lemon Meringue Tarts

I chose to make the classic lemon meringue pie recipe. Lemon meringue is an easy pie to make, you just cook the filling on the stove and brown the merinuge in the oven. If you’re intimidated by making pie crust, you can buy a crust.  Since I had mini graham cracker crusts in the pantry, I decided to make tarts.

If you struggle with separating the egg whites from the egg yolks, the easiest way to separate them is with your hands. Just crack the egg and gently cradle the yolk, letting the whites fall into a bowl beneath your hand.

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Although lemon meringue is an easy pie to make, the recipe you use is important. I liked this recipe because they did everything right. You mix the cornstarch with the sugar so the filling doesn’t get clumpy; you temper the eggs so they don’t cook before they’re incorporated; you add the lemon juice after cooking the filling so it keeps the fresh, tart flavor; and they topped the filling while it’s hot, which helps the meringue from getting too watery.

This is a wonderful little book for the beginning baker, or someone just looking for a quick, easy baking guide book. It would make a nice gift if you’re still shopping.

Lemon Meringue Tarts and The Little Book of Baking Giveaway

Lemon Meringue Tarts and The Little Book of Baking Giveaway

Ingredients

  • 10 mini graham cracker crusts
  • Lemon Filling
  • 5 to 6 medium lemons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 large eggs yolks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Meringue Topping
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions

    Prepare lemon filling:
  1. From lemons, grate 1 tablespoon lemon peel and squeeze 3/4 cup juice. In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt; stir in water until blended. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil 1 minute, stirring. Remove from heat.
  2. In small bowl, with wire whisk, whisk egg yolks. Stir in 1/2 cup hot cornstarch mixture until blended; slowly pour yolk mixture back into cornstarch mixture in saucepan, stirring rapidly to prevent curdling. Place saucepan over medium-low heat and cook until mixture comes to a gentle boil, stirring constantly. Cook, stirring until filling is very thick 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in butter until melted. Stir in lemon juice and peel; mixture will thin out. Pour into pie shells.
  3. Preheat oven to 400º F.
  4. Prepare meringue topping:
  5. In medium bowl, with mixer on high speed, beat egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt until frothy. Gradually sprinkle in sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating until sugar completely dissolves and egg whites stand in stiff, glossy peaks when beaters are lifted.
  6. Spread meringue over warm filling. To keep meringue from shrinking during baking, make sure it touches edge of crust all around. Use back of wooden spoon to make attractive swirl patterns on top of meringue. Bake until meringue is golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool pie complete on wire rack away from drafts. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

Notes

Reprinted with permission from Good Housekeeping The Little Book of Baking © 2012 by Good Housekeeping, Hearst Books, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

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The Little Book of Baking Cookbook Giveaway

Good Housekeeping has graciously offered to give away to one lucky Barbara Bakes reader one copy of The Little Book of Baking Cookbook.

To Enter the Sweepstakes Giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 at 10:00 am, MST.

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Comments

  1. Isla says

    Oh, I’ve had your little lemon cookie cups on my list forever and now these??? I love your recipes.

  2. says

    I’ve always been on the lookout for a reliable lemon meringue recipe–and I’m glad I can trust these since you’ve tried them. Thanks, Barbara!

  3. Linda says

    Ever since I was a little girl, lemon meringue ANYTHING was my favorite. And my French-Canadian Granny was the queen at creating yummy pies for me. This recipe looks wonderful, and so does the book. Thanks for offering it.

  4. Kristin says

    I have got to make these tarts! I have a pile of lemons just begging to be turned into something delicious! This cookbook sure would look good nestled between my other baking books!

  5. jd says

    Actually this is great, I never thought of making the individual pies and it would be perfect for guests, kids, husband, etc. Thanks and thanks for the chance at the great sounding cooking.

  6. says

    My grandma used to make lemon meringue pie all the time. I am yet to master baking a good pie, but the mini versions might actually work in my favor. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  7. Elaine says

    Those look so good! Lemon Meringue pie is one of my very favorite desserts! I would also love to win the Good Housekeeping “The Little Book of Baking”!

  8. Terri Betz says

    Great cookbook! I love your little pies! Piecrust is so easy though! We make our own and keep it in the freezer to use when we want! Thanks for this awesome giveaway! Who doesn’t want their cookbook?!

  9. Carole Resnick says

    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes you post throughout the year. Happy holidays to you and yours.

  10. says

    I love lemon “anything” and what a great pie to have in one’s library. Your tarts look delicious. It’s a wonder that you are so gorgeous and thin Barbara.

  11. says

    My grandma’s signature dish was Lemon Meringue Pie, but I have always been intimidated by it. You make it doable at last!

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