All of this Lemon meringue and ginger tarts are full of flavor! Made with an almond shortbread, a deliciously ginger lemon cream tangy and a touch of meringue Swiss… These lemon tartlets serve as an ideal and delicious fruity dessert!
I love the lemon for dessert: this fine acidity that counterbalances the sweetness. I also really like the Ginger : this root that is finely grated before adding it to our preparations. Its light spicy taste perfectly complements that of lemon. In general, I love to consume this duo as an infusion or when I prepare myself a juice with my extractor!
Ginger brings here a touch of refinement with lemon cream. I really hope you will be as excited as I am when you taste it.
With this recipe you can prepare, like me, 4 tartlets (11cm in diameter) or a family size pie. Allow time to pass through fridge before serving: this allows the lemon garnish to hold together.
How to make these lemon meringue and ginger tarts?
First step, prepare the shortbread. This is a classic dough for which I substitute part of the flour with almond powder. This adds extra flavor to the dough. I preferred to use brown sugar instead of white sugar for the same reason.
Then we prepare the lemon curd, which I have chosen to decorate with grated fresh ginger. I chose to put brown sugar in it instead of white sugar. Heat the eggs, brown sugar, lemons and ginger over low heat until thickened. Then we go to Chinese to remove any pieces and we reserve.
For Swiss meringue, do not be scared ! Without a thermometer, it can be done easily too. We start by heating the egg whites and the sugar in a double boiler: when there is no more grains of sugar to the touch is that you can start to beat the egg whites until stiff (about 40 ° / 45 °). The shiny white meringue will be ready in minutes!
My tips for success
Respect the cooling time of each step: for the dough and for the lemon cream. This allows the elements to have their ideal texture (and also to make your work easier!)
Take as many organic lemons because we use zest and juice (avoid bottled lemon juice which lacks flavor).
I recommend a good grater for the ginger (this is what will extract all the flavor).
Use ingredients ambient temperature : this is true for all the recipes, especially here with the meringue.
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Lemon meringue and ginger tarts
- 80 g softened butter
- 35 g Light brown sugar
- 1 oeuf
- 20 g almond powder
- 130 g flour
Lemon ginger cream
- 100 g Soft butter
- 4 organic lemons
- 4 eggs
- 150 g Light brown sugar
- 30 g fresh ginger
- 65 g egg whites
- 90 g Granulated sugar
- Combine the butter, brown sugar and ground almonds. Once the creamy mixture is obtained, add the egg.
- Incorporate the flour in several batches. Lightly flatten the dough ball and wrap in film, then refrigerate 1 to 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 160 ° traditional heat. Roll out the dough on the floured work surface. Garnish the tart molds with the dough. Cover with baking paper and pour ceramic balls or dry beans for white baking for 15 minutes. Remove the paper and the balls then continue cooking for 10 minutes.
Lemon ginger cream
- Grate the zest of the lemons and collect their juice. Also grate the ginger to collect about 2tsp of ginger. In a saucepan, add the juice and zest, grated ginger, eggs, brown sugar and diced butter. Heat over low heat for about 10 minutes without stopping stirring, the mixture thickens visibly. Switch to Chinese to remove any pieces.
- Garnish the tart shells with this cream then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Pour the egg whites and the sugar in a bowl over a double boiler. Whisk lightly until you no longer feel the grains to the touch (40 ° / 45 °) then transfer to the bowl of the food processor or with a mixer, whisk until the meringue is very white and shiny.
- Garnish the tarts with a nice tablespoon of meringue (or more to taste). With a kitchen torch, lightly toast the meringue.