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
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.
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- 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 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.
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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!
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 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
- 3 egg whites*, at room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/4 cup Superfine Sugar
- 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.
- Decrease oven temperature to 325º.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Place under broiler for about two minutes, watching very carefully to prevent burning and broil, turning if needed to lightly brown meringue topping.
- Cool before serving.
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.
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 166mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 4g