Perfect farm-fresh eggs are the inspiration for these crisp, mini meringues topped with cream and lemon curd. Serve au naturel or scatter them with fresh mint leaves, if you like

Source: Midwest Living




Instructions Checklist
  • For meringue: Preheat oven to 200°. Place egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar and salt in the clean, dry bowl of a stand mixer; set bowl over a pan of simmering water. Whisk until mixture reaches 165°, about 5 minutes. Lift bowl off pan, wipe bottom dry, and snap into a mixer fitted with a clean, dry whisk attachment. Beat on medium-high until thick and glossy and stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla.

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dollop meringue onto parchment in 8 evenly spaced, poached egg-shape mounds. Use the back of a spoon to carve a hollow into each mound. Bake 1 1/2 hours. Turn off oven and leave meringues to cool in oven with the door closed 1 hour.

  • Meanwhile, prepare fillings. For curd: Zest and juice lemons to get 2 teaspoons zest and 6 tablespoons juice. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add yolks, zest and juice, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Whisk until curd thickens, about 5 minutes. Press through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean bowl. Let cool to room temperature, then cover and chill.

  • For whipped cream: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip heavy cream, sugar and vanilla on medium until thick.

  • To serve: Place meringues on a platter. Scoop a little whipped cream into each hollow followed by a heaping tablespoon of cold curd.

Nutrition Facts

321 calories; 19 g total fat; 11 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat; 141 mg cholesterol; 58 mg sodium. 88 mg potassium; 35 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 34 g sugar; 4 g protein; 1 g trans fatty acid; 741 IU vitamin a; 5 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 0 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 17 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 35 mg calcium; 0 mg iron;

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Yum. No vanilla in the meringues needed, though.