Rachel Khoo’s Lemon Meringue Tartlets

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I love Rachel Khoo – she is a food writer/chef who has a TV show called ‘The Little Paris Kitchen’ where she runs a two-table restaurant from her tiny Paris apartment (now closed). I like her charming personality and also that she reminds me of how Paris may have been in the 1950’s, with her bright red lipstick, black eyeliner and polka dot dresses. And she does produce some good dishes. Have you seen her show?

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She recently demonstrated a dish called ‘Grapefruit and Pepper Meringue Tartlets’- although not intrigued with the idea of using pepper in a sweet dessert, I decided to give this recipe a try. The dish looked delicious with the added bonus I could daydream I was cooking in my very own Paris kitchen!

I decided to diverge from the recipe a bit- I axed the pepper and substituted lemon curd for the grapefruit curd. What resulted was a delicious lemon filling nestled inside a biscuit/cake base, and topped with a swirl of meringue. As I bit into it, I was transported into my imaginary Parisian world, carrying a fresh baguette under my arm from my local Paris bakery, perhaps a chance sighting of Brigitte Bardot (maybe not!)

 Lemon Meringue Tartlets

 For the Biscuit Base

      • 150 g softened butter (5 ounces)
      • 150 g sugar (~ 3/4 cups)
      • Zest from 1/2 lemon
      • pinch of salt
      • 4 egg yolks
      • 200 g plain flour (~ 1 cup)
      • 3 tsp baking powder

For the Lemon Curd

      • Juice from two lemons (~ 3/4 cup)
      • 1 egg plus 2 egg yolks
      • 200 g sugar (~ 1 cup)
      • pinch of salt
      • 100 g butter, cubed  (3.5 ounces)

For the Meringue

      •  3 egg whites
      • 150 g sugar (~ 3/4 cup)
      • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. To make the biscuit base, pre-heat the oven to 180 C (350 F). Cream together the softened butter, sugar, lemon zest and salt until smooth. Add the egg yolks and continue to beat.
  2. Sift together the flour and baking powder, then add to the creamed mixture. Beat until the dough comes together as a smooth paste.
  3. Grease the inside of 6 pastry rings with melted butter. Place the rings on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Spread a thin layer of biscuit batter on the bottom of each pastry ring (about 1/4 inch thick), then work a bit of the dough up the sides of the ring so that a little ‘well’ is formed for the lemon curd to sit in.

 IMG_48984. Bake for 12 -15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the pastry ring and then gently release each biscuit from the ring.

5. To make the lemon curd, whisk together the juice of two lemons (~ 3/4 cup) in a saucepan with the sugar, salt, egg and egg yolks. Whisk over medium heat until mixture is thick enough to coat back of wooden spoon, 5 to 7 minutes.

6. Remove saucepan from heat. Add butter, one piece at a time, whisking until the consistency is smooth.

7. Place curd into the fridge for at least one hour until it ‘sets’ then fill each biscuit base with around 2 tablespoons of the curd.

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8. To make the meringue, beat the egg whites and pinch of salt with electric beaters until soft peaks begin to form. Then gradually add the sugar while beating, until stiff peaks form and the meringue has a glossy colour.

9. Swirl the meringue on top of each biscuit base (filled with the lemon curd) and brown the tops with a blowtorch. Alternatively, you can place the tartlets under a hot grill for a few minutes to brown.

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 Tartlet pix

 

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21 thoughts on “Rachel Khoo’s Lemon Meringue Tartlets

  1. Oh, this lemon tartlets look awesome, I love the toasted meringue on it…
    Thanks for the recipe Fran and have a great week 😀

  2. I’ve only just found your blog a week or two ago and I’ve got to say… I am so impressed! I’ve been checking the website daily eagerly awaiting new posts.
    Keep up the wonderful work 🙂

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  3. Oh my – that looks so wonderful! I haven’t heard of this show before, but now I will have to try and find some episodes to watch. When I was a kid, I used to pretend that I had a restaurant – it only had one table and one patron [me!], but the food was awesome 🙂
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  4. Lemon meringue anything is one of my favorite desserts ever, so I’m swooning over these tartlets! Seriously – I love the flavor of lemon, and it pairs so well with meringue. Really good dessert. I hope you save one for me! 😉
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  5. Oh wow! I love the image with the sightly running lemon curd, I want to poke my tongue out and lick it all up! So lush!!!

    I haven’t seen the show either but I will have to have a look. 🙂
    I really wish I could take a bite 🙁
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    • Renee, you can see her show this Thursday 27th June at 8:00 on Channel 3 (Adelaide). This will be her 6th and final show of the series. You can go to her website http://www.rachelkhoo.com and see some clips from her show, but not the whole thing. Who knows- one day they might show the series again!
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    • Maureen, I know what you mean by not being able to leave these tartlets alone. I made a batch of 6 for this blog- I put three away in the freezer so we wouldn’t eat them all at once!
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