September 1st was the day – the day that I was going to transition my house from Summer to Fall. I’m a seasonal scent kind of girl, so I planned on packing away all the tropical, fruity candles, deodorizing sprays and decor and even make a little room in the pantry for a gazillion cans of pumpkin. However, two things got in the way – blazing hot temperatures and a big bag of lemons.
I simply couldn’t couldn’t bring myself to hang an Autumn wreath when there’s no doubt that I would have broken a sweat unpacking it from the garage. So, I decided to whip up a batch a Homemade Microwave Lemon Curd, paint my nails a pretty shade of pink and embrace the last few days of Summer.
Brian’s unlike me in the fact that he doesn’t think it’s okay to eat lemon curd straight from the jar with a spoon. Lucky for him, I had a couple of semi-homemade tricks up my sleeve that allowed me to create a simple, delicious, Summery dessert without bribing him into a grocery store run.
A few weeks ago, I came across a box of miniature tart shells at my local market – knowing that they’d come in handy sooner rather than later, I tossed them into my cart. I filled the cute, mini shortbread shells with lemon curd and topped them with a dollop of meringue.
I have a little confession, I didn’t exactly make the meringue by hand. I did whip it up in my stand mixer, but I totally took a little help from The Miracle Meringue. It’s a little packet of powder that allows you to create a perfect meringue topping in minutes – all you need to add is warm water.
Fall is just around the corner – I promise, but until the temps drop and leaves start turning, celebrate Summer with simple Lemon Meringue Pies.
September 4th, 2012
Mini Lemon Meringue Pies
Yield: 24 mini pies
1. Place the tart shells on a tray or baking sheet.
2. Spoon the lemon curd into a piping bag and fill each tart with lemon curd.
3. Fit a piping bag with a large Star Tip. Spoon the meringue into the piping bag and pipe a small dollop of meringue onto each mini tart. Store tarts in the refrigerator until ready serve.
- I purchased my tart shells from my local market for $5.99, so definitely check a store near you before purchasing from Amazon as the price seems a bit high.
- If you want to make your own meringue topping, I really like this one from Alton Brown.
- I used a large Star Tip to pipe the meringue.
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