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Meyer Lemon Tart with Meringue Topping on a white cake stand next to Meyer lemons

Meyer Lemon Tart with Meringue Topping

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This rich Meyer Lemon Tart has a graham cracker crust, dreamy lemon filling and a billowy topping of meringue. You’ll love this citrus dessert!

Check out my tips for making a perfect meringue topping, which includes using superfine sugar which will dissolve more easily into the egg whites.

Meyer Lemon Tart with Meringue Topping on a white cake stand next to Meyer lemons

Meyer Lemon Tart with Meringue Topping

Lemon meringue pie was one of the first desserts I made in my childhood kitchen. My mom gave us free rein when it came to cooking—and nobody complained if I baked up something sweet.

This Meyer Lemon Tart with Meringue Topping is a delicious excuse to hone my skills. I’m certain I used NONE of these hints back then, but assure you they will help make the best meringue topping.

Tips for a Perfect Meringue Topping:

  • PRO-Tip: Your bowl and beaters must be scrupulously clean.
  • Any trace of oil (including a bit of egg yolk in your whites) will prevent the whites from whipping up properly.
  • PRO-Tip: Eggs will separate best when cold.
  • PRO-Tip: Egg whites will beat best when at room temperature.
  • Use superfine sugar to ensure the granules dissolve into the whites. I use and recommend Domino® Quick Dissolve Superfine Sugar.
  • Add sugar slowly to allow it to dissolve properly. Start adding after the egg whites get foamy.
  • Do not over-beat your meringue. If the end result looks dry, you’ve gone too far.
  • If your recipe does not call for cream of tartar, you might consider adding 1/4-1/2 teaspoon per 3 egg whites to help stabilize your meringue.
Meyer Lemon Tart with Meringue Topping

I was so happy to get my hands on these super convenient Flip-Top Canisters from Domino® Sugar. They’ve made cooking and baking just that much easier!  Here’s the scoop on the flip-top sugar varieties:

Domino Pourable Light Brown Sugar

  • This free-flowing brown sugar does not clump or harden and is available in a new, attractive and easy-to-use dispenser with a recloseable flip-top lid. The sleek dispenser comfortably fits in the hand for easy pouring or sprinkling and can sit out on your kitchen table.
  • The convenient dispenser makes measuring out brown sugar for recipes neater, without having to pack the sugar. The granulated brown crystals are great for sprinkling over fruit, to sweeten oatmeal and cereals.
  • Pourable Brown Sugar measures cup for cup as regular brown sugar. No need to try to “pack it” when measuring.

Quick Dissolve Superfine Sugar

  • Quick Dissolve Superfine Sugar is also available in a new, attractive and easy-to-use dispenser with a recloseable flip-top lid. The sleek dispenser comfortably fits in the hand for easy pouring and can sit out on your kitchen table, eliminating the need to refill a sugar bowl. It’s a convenient, neat way to store and keep sugar handy for everyday sweetening.
  • Quick Dissolve Superfine Sugar has finer sugar crystals than those found in traditional granulated sugar, allowing it to rapidly blend when sweetening hot or cold beverages. Ideal for hot coffee, and even cold drinks like iced tea, lemonade or smoothies. It’s also excellent for making meringue pies, pavlova as well as sweetened whipped cream.

Availability

Look for Domino® Sugar flip-top canisters, or its sister brand, C&H® Sugar (available in the western half of the US), at a grocery store near you. These new canisters are the perfect fit for your kitchen. For a Domino sugar coupon, visit the Domino Sugar website or for C&H® brand (on the west coast), stop by C&H’s website.

Meyer Lemon Tart with Meringue Topping on a white cake stand from above

The Meyer Lemon

Now that you’re a pro at making meringue, let’s discuss the recipe. This is the time of year when you see mounds of the slightly orange-hued Meyer lemons at the market.

This citrus is thought to be a cross between standard lemons and either a mandarin or a common orange, creating a sweeter and less acidic fruit. Their juice and zest are marvelous in desserts like this sublime lemon meringue tart.

The two pickiest taste testers in the house adored it! If you live in the boonies, and cannot locate Meyer lemons, this tart would be just as enticing using ordinary lemons. And while you’re hunting down those Meyer lemons, don’t forget to grab some Quick Dissolve Superfine Sugar in a handy flip-top canister. You won’t be disappointed!

Close view of Meyer Lemon Tart with Meringue Topping on a cake stand
Meyer Lemon Tart with Meringue Topping on a white cake stand next to Meyer lemons

Meyer Lemon Tart with Meringue Topping

A decadent Meyer lemon tart topped with a pillow of meringue

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes
Yield 8 servings

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Filling:

  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup Meyer lemon juice (juice from about 2 lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon Meyer lemon zest
  • 3 egg yolks

Meringue:

  • 3 egg whites*, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup Superfine Sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. In a medium bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Pat mixture onto the bottom and sides of a greased, 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool on rack.
  2. Decrease oven temperature to 325º.
  3. When crust is cool, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and lemon zest. Whisk in eggs. Pour in crust and bake for 10-12 minutes or till only center of tart is jiggly.
  4. Make meringue. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar till foamy. Slowly add in superfine sugar until meringue forms stiff peaks but is not dry.
  5. Pour meringue into middle of tart and spread almost to the edges. Using spoon or small offset spatula, swirl meringue to make peaks and whirls.
  6. Place under broiler for about two minutes, watching very carefully to prevent burning and broil, turning if needed to lightly brown meringue topping.
  7. Cool before serving.

Notes

Total time does not include cooling time.
Store tart in refrigerator.
*It is not recommended that young children, elderly or the immunosuppressed consume undercooked eggs.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 166mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 4g

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165 comments on “Meyer Lemon Tart with Meringue Topping”

  1. I love to use brown sugar in both sweet and savory dishes. But yesterday I made an easy pineapple upside-down cake, so I have say to that recipe. 🙂

  2. Liz, this is the dessert of my dreams! (Okay, there are a few desserts of my dreams, but this is definitely one of them.) Your meringue really does look perfect.

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  4. Liz, this tart is magical and beautiful!! and meringue toppings get me every time! I’m noting all of your tips! My fave way to use brown sugar: when baking!!!

  5. I’m weak for all things lemon. This sounds dreamy 🙂

  6. Love that Domino sugar, and I would really love some of this tart!!

  7. This meringue looks really good, classic recipe!

  8. My favorite way to use brown sugar is in homemade granola

  9. How cool are those canisters? I was kind of hoping you were giving away the tart, but the sugar is good too! All of your dishes always are so mouthwatering Liz!

  10. I like to use brown sugar to make a cinnamon swirl bread.

  11. I love making my Brown Sugar Blondies! They taste so delicious!

  12. Love that this sugar is no-clump! What a gorgeous tart 🙂

  13. I like to use brown sugar when baking sweet potatoes

  14. My mom loves lemon desserts, Lizzy. I would love to make this for her…I know it would cheer her up. It is so beautiful!

    xo,
    Tammy<3

  15. I’m all about lemon these days and this sounds great. I had no idea they have pourable brown sugar now. Wow that sounds like something I need to check out. Thanks for sharing that.

    I hope you had a nice holiday!

  16. My favorite way to use brown sugar is to sprinkle it over my oatmeal. It makes it so much better!

  17. This is just gorgeous, Liz! I have a Meyer lemon tree in the backyard and I’m always looking for new ways to use them. Pinning!

  18. Great tips for a perfect meringue! I’m afraid a lot of people don’t realize how clean the bowl and the beaters really need to be. Any drop of oil, and you’re toast. Such a lovely pie, Liz!

  19. My favorite way to use brown sugar is on bacon! Who doesn’t like candy bacon!? I sure do!

  20. I love using brown sugar in apple pie, gives it a delicious caramelly flavor!

  21. Liz, this is amazing, It’s 11 pm and when I saw this recipe really made me craving for it. So beautiful, love the meringue topping.

  22. My favorite way to use brown sugar is in making Asian sauces, esp General Tso’s Chicken!

  23. What a gorgeous tart, Liz! That meringue topping is making me swoon :).

  24. I like brown sugar on oatmeal.

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  26. Lemon tarts are one of all time favorite desserts. I actually love all lemon desserts in all forms! This looks great.

  27. I like to use it to make icing for cinnamon rolls.

  28. This looks so awesome, Liz! Don’t ya just love those pourable canisters? So fun!

  29. I love using Meyer Lemons, such clean and refreshing flavor

  30. This is just gorgeous and I love the taste of Meyer lemon. So much better than regular lemons. And there’s nothing better than real sugar for meringue. Even though I cook healthy, you just cannot use a sugar substitute for meringue.

  31. My absolute favorite way to use brown sugar is in oatmeal cooked with apple! Your tart looks amazing and yep, meyer lemons are still on my new foods list… Still haven’t seen them it the boonies north of Philly:@)

  32. I loooove lemon tarts! Especially with a sky high helping of delicious meringue! This looks wonderful!

  33. Lizzy yours pies always look wonderful!
    Look delicious!!
    xo

  34. I love this dessert. Of course we don’t have Domino anything over here so I’ll just have to swoon over pourable brown sugar. We do have caster sugar (superfine) in pourable containers and I will use that to make this amazing tart.

  35. I love to use it in cinnamon caramel blondies!

  36. I’m going to look for those dispensers and I didn’t know about the brown sugar that pours. I learn a lot here, thanks! 🙂

  37. I like to use brown sugar in baked pumpkin pudding.

  38. I like to use in oatmeal toppings for muffins!

  39. Gorgeous tart! 🙂 My favorite way to use brown sugar is in my molasses spice cookies.

  40. One of my favorite ways to use brown sugar is in glaze recipes for turkey, salmon and ham 🙂

  41. I love using it in cookies!

  42. I use brown sugar when I make baked apples. Pourable brown sugar will make it easier to sprinkle a bit on my Cream of Rice or oatmeal.

  43. Creamy lemon filling.. Sounds like heaven and looks like it too 😀

  44. It’s one of my favourite’s dessert ! Yours is just stunning !

  45. I use brown sugar on carrots, with a touch of honey too.

  46. Oh good gawsh, Liz, I think I am in love – with your perfectly done meringue! I love using brown sugar in oatmeal scones I make – it works so well with some cinnamon!

  47. This tart is just gorgeous and looks so delicious!

  48. I love to use brown sugar in my cinnamon rolls!

  49. I love lots of brown sugar melted over hot oatmeal in the morning. The pie looks gorgeous!

  50. This looks like a great recipe to try. My Meyer Lemon Tree should be providing me with ripe lemons soon.

  51. My favorite way to use brown sugar is on baked ham.

  52. Great tips on the meringue, I think I over do it when beating the egg whites and the super fine sugar is a must-try! Lemon Meringue pie is one of my very favorites!

  53. i like using brown sugar in my cookies.

  54. My favorite use of brown sugar is:
    Pecan-Pie Muffins
    Originally from Guideposts

    Ingredients
    1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup chopped pecans
    2 eggs, beaten
    2/3 cup butter, softened
    Instructions
    Preheat oven to 350.
    Spray mini-muffin tin with PAM.
    Stir together brown sugar, flour and pecans.
    In separate bowl beat eggs and butter together until smooth.
    Stir into dry ingredients until just combined.
    Spoon batter into muffin cups, about 2/3 full.
    Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
    Cool on wire racks when done.

  55. My favorite brown sugar recipe has to be my grandmother’s brown sugar coffee cake – so many memories associated with that dish!

  56. I love all of your meringue tips ! I need to try using the Domino superfine sugar next time for meringue.

  57. I love using brown sugar to bake some good old fashion family apple pie.

  58. I love using brown sugar in chocolate chip cookies!

  59. I like brown sugar on a baked sweet potato with butter and cinnamon

  60. I love to use brown sugar in chocolate chip cookies!

  61. My favorite way to use brown sugar is in a pineapple upside down cake.

  62. I love making banana muffins with brown sugar maple frosting! Makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

  63. My favorite way to use brown sugar is on cinnamon toast!

  64. i eat a sweet potato almost every day with brown sugar on it, my favorite, plus i could never bake without brown sugar, thanks

  65. My favorite way to use brown sugar is in a family recipe for chewy brown sugar cookies.

  66. I love using brown sugar for baking. It is wonderful in homemade cinnamon rolls.

  67. Making peanut butter cookies for my dad- they’re his favorite. 🙂

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  68. I like to put it in my oatmeal.

  69. I like to use it to make brown sugar bacon.
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  71. Ham Glaze!

  72. I love to add brown sugar with a little cinnamon to oatmeal.

  73. I love using brown sugar for my Bananas Foster.

  74. Apple pie pancakes — a fun weekend treat!

  75. I like to use brown sugar to make caramel icing, but, for everyday, I like it in oatmeal.

  76. I like to use it on sweet potato.

  77. I love brown sugar in oatmeal….and oatmeal cookies.

  78. I microwave mochi with butter. I put kinako mixed with brown sugar on top of the mochi.

  79. Such a gorgeous tart, Liz! It is so springy.

  80. We love brown sugar in oatmeal or chocolate chip cookies!

  81. I love brown sugar in my morning oatmeal!

  82. I use it in my oatmeal.

  83. i use brown sugar, butter and oats as a topping for fruit crisp pryfamily5@gmail.com

  84. It is difficult to limit it to only one favorite use, but I will choose using brown sugar in cookie baking from scratch, especially chocolate chip cookie baking……

  85. Brown sugar is so good in cookie recipes!

  86. I always use brown sugar in my apple dumpling recipe.

  87. My favorite way to use brown sugar is to sprinkle it over my oatmeal in the morning

  88. I love using it in my homemade chocolate chip cookies.

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  90. on sweet potatoes

  91. I love to use brown sugar to make pineapple upside down cake!

  92. My favorite way to use brown sugar is in my baked goods, especially in a thick crumb topping for a coffee cake. Can’t beat it!

  93. I shared your beautiful Meyer Lemon tart and the Domino’s giveaway on Twitter:
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    Thanks!

  94. In sweet potato casserole!
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  95. I love to use brown sugar with some lemon and butter to top my baked salmon. YUM!

  96. I love to use brown sugar in chocolate chip cookies

  97. I like to use brown sugar and sweet onions to make baked beans. My family loves them.

  98. My favorite way to use brown sugar is to add them in my granola for extra flavors.

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  99. i like to use brown sugar in chocolate chip cookies

  100. One of my favorite ways to use brown sugar is in monkey bread!

  101. I sprinkle brown sugar on baked sweet potatoes.

  102. I like brown sugar on my oatmeal (i have one of those poring canisters!)

    PS: like all of your baking that pie is a thing of beauty

  103. i love brown sugar in peach cobbler

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  105. My favorite way to use brown sugar is to make gingerbread body scrub

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  106. I like to use it with sweet potatoes

  107. I like to use brown sugar on sweet potatoes.

  108. My favorite way is using it in oatmeal and in cookies ♥

  109. My favorite way to use brown sugar is in my Upside Down Pineapple Cake!

  110. My favorite way to use brown sugar is in pineapple upside down cake

  111. I love using it in my grits with butter! MMM! SO good!

  112. I love putting brown sugar in my chocolate chip cookies!

  113. I like using it in my sweet potatoe casserole

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  114. i love brown sugar in my oatmeal!

  115. I like to put brown sugar on cream of wheat.

  116. Its really a delicious recipe by the brown sugar. I must try it and looking forward to see some new recipe like this. Thanks for such kind of recipe.

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