Desserts

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?

Rachel Khoo pix

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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  • Renee Dwyer
    June 18, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Oooooh la la looks beautiful 🙂 il have one please 🙂

    • Fran
      June 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks, I’m going to have one too, in one hour. I told myself I could have one tonight in exchange for no dinner!
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  • Joanne
    June 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I definitely like the way you took the recipe! Lemon curd always sounds good to me! These are almost too cute to eat.
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    • Fran
      June 19, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you, Joanne. These are a good alternative to having a piece of Lemon Meringue Pie, since it’s a smaller serve.
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  • Anneli (Delicieux)
    June 19, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Very beautiful and very clever! That gooey filling looks sublime. I also love Rachel Khoo. She has great style and makes lovely French food. I would have loved to eat at her tiny restaurant. Very Parisian and very chique no doubt. Shame it;s closed…guess she got too famous! x
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    • Fran
      June 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      Yes, it’s a shame her ‘restaurant’ closed. I guess now we’ll have to book at the ‘Tour d’Argent’ – the most expensive restaurant in Paris!
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  • Juliana
    June 19, 2013 at 7:52 am

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

    • Fran
      June 20, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks Juliana. I recently bought some Agar-Agar to make your Honey Caviar balls. I think they will dress up any dessert to make it look fancy!
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  • Miss Fabulous Jess
    June 19, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    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 🙂

    • Fran
      June 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks so much, Jess! If you want, you can subscribe to my blog so you will be notified automatically by email when I do a new post. Please tick the box below: “notify me of new posts by email” and you’ll get an automatic update.
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  • [email protected] Creekside Cook
    June 20, 2013 at 2:46 am

    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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    • Fran
      June 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      It sounds like you started young with your interest in cooking!
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  • [email protected]
    June 20, 2013 at 11:20 am

    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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    • Fran
      June 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      John, I know what you mean about the pairing of the slightly tart lemon curd with the ultra sweet meringue- one bite and you automatically want more!
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  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    June 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I haven’t seen the show yet but my friend really likes it! These tartlets are so cute! 😀
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  • GourmetGetaways
    June 21, 2013 at 6:40 am

    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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    • Fran
      June 23, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks for the comment, GG. This Thursday (27th June) at 8:00 pm is the last show for Rachel Khoo- try and have a look!
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  • Renee Dwyer
    June 23, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Where can I find her tv show?
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    • Fran
      June 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      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 | Orgasmic Chef
    June 24, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    The only thing wrong with a tart like this is that I can’t leave them alone. I love the tartness of the curd with the softness of the meringe and I swear they can call me from the kitchen. Beautiful!
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    • Fran
      June 26, 2013 at 8:14 am

      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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