My friend, S, gave me a bottle of her homemade lemon curd a while ago and I managed to do her deliciously tangy lemon curd justice by using it in these 4″ wide lemon meringue tarts.
I was feeling too tired to bake tart shells from scratch and went with finely crushed digestive biscuits, caster sugar and melted butter for the crust. While it was convenient, I was to discover later that I should have made a proper crust.
For the fluffy tuffs of meringue, I used the cooked meringue method, which according to Jamie Oliver’s book, Cook with Jamie, gives a meringue even more stable than italian meringue. I had the most fun with this little project when browning the meringue with my small blow torch, which incidentally has been acting up for some time now. I suspect I’ll be needing a new one soon.
The tangy lemon curd went wonderfully well with the sweet meringue. The crushed biscuit crust, however, turned a little soft after a while out of the refrigerator, probably because I couldn’t press the crumbs together as tightly in the small tart rings. Next time, I’ll definitely be more diligent and make a proper baked crust.