Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts | 5 Ingredient Dessert

These Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts made from shortcrust pastry, lemon curd and light and fluffy meringue are the most delicious party food dessert.

Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts

Hello sweet, sweet yumminess! Honestly, these Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts are the very definition of yummy. In fact, they’re so good, you may as well just make a double batch. You’ll thank me later.

Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts

Lemon meringue tart has always been up there as one of my favourite desserts, but these little mini tarts take the cake – so to speak!

Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts

To make these tangy little bites you’ll need to start off by making the pastry shells. For this recipe I used defrosted shortcrust pastry sheets cut into circles and pressed into mini muffin tins. You can of course buy pre-made pastry shells, but they are pretty pricey! At my local supermarket, a packet of 6 pastry shells costs $5.99… which really adds up when you’re making a few of these (and you’ll become so addicted that you’ll want HEAPS!!).

Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts

Once your little tart shells have been baked, it’s time to fill those babies with lemon curd. You can make your own or bought a pre-made jar from the supermarket. I have to admit that a friend gave me a jar of her homemade lemon curd which I used in this recipe… so yep, I was a bit lazy and didn’t make my own this time!

Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts

Finally, it’s simply a matter of whipping up a meringue made from egg whites, caster sugar and vinegar. Once you’ve got a beautifully light and fluffy meringue, simply top the lemon curd with it and then brown it under a grill or with a cooking torch. When your mini lemon meringue tarts are lightly golden, allow them to cool completely and then pop them into an airtight container in the fridge.

Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts

And then comes the fun bit! You must, MUST sneak up to the fridge at least 8 times per day to nibble on them… because hey, they are ‘mini’ and they have ‘lemon’ in them – which practically makes them a superfood. Obviously.

Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts

But in all seriousness, these are definitely a fave in our house at the moment… and I’m pretty sure I’ll be taking them to at least the next 20 get-togethers we go to (especially if my lovely friend keeps supplying me with lemon curd – hint hint!!).

Happy baking everyone xx

Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts

Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts - Conventional Method

These Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts made from shortcrust pastry, lemon curd and light and fluffy meringue are the most delicious party food dessert.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Baking
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 30
Author: Bake Play Smile

Ingredients

  • 3 shortcrust pastry sheets or make your own, defrosted
  • 1 X 400g jar of store-bought lemon curd or make your own
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vinegar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  • Use a scone/cookie cutter or round glass to cut circles from the pastry sheets (approximately 10 per sheet).
  • Lightly grease a mini muffin tray.
  • Press one pastry circle into each hole of the mini muffin tray.
  • Prick holes in the base of each pastry shell with a fork.
  • Bake in the oven for 5 minutes.
  • Remove and press any lumps down gently with a spoon.
  • Place back into the oven and cook for a further 5-10 minutes or until lightly golden.
  • Allow to cool in the tray for 10 minutes and then place onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Fill each cooled pastry cup almost to the top with the lemon curd and set aside.
  • Beat the egg whites in a clean and dry bowl until soft peaks form.
  • Add the caster sugar one teaspoon at a time and continue beating until glossy.
  • Add the vinegar and beat well.
  • Place a tablespoon of meringue on top of each of the lemon tarts and form into a peak with a knife.
  • Lightly brown the meringue by placing the tarts under a hot grill or using a kitchen torch.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge until needed.

 

Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts

Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts - Thermomix Method

These Thermomix Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts made from shortcrust pastry, lemon curd and light and fluffy meringue are the most delicious party food dessert.
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Print Pin Rate
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Baking
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 30
Author: Bake Play Smile

Ingredients

  • 3 shortcrust pastry sheets or make your own, defrosted
  • 1 X 400g jar of store-bought lemon curd or make your own
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vinegar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  • Use a scone/cookie cutter or round glass to cut circles from the pastry sheets (approximately 10 per sheet).
  • Lightly grease a mini muffin tray.
  • Press one pastry circle into each hole of the mini muffin tray.
  • Prick holes in the base of each pastry shell with a fork.
  • Bake in the oven for 5 minutes.
  • Remove and press any lumps down gently with a spoon.
  • Place back into the oven and cook for a further 5-10 minutes or until lightly golden.
  • Allow to cool in the tray for 10 minutes and then place onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Fill each cooled pastry cup almost to the top with the lemon curd and set aside.
  • Wash and dry the Thermomix bowl so that it is completely clean and there is no moisture whatsoever remaining.
  • Add the room temperature egg whites to the Thermomix bowl.
  • Insert the butterfly.
  • Whip for 3-4 minutes on Speed 3.5, 50 degrees or until stiff peaks have formed.
  • Reduce to Speed 2.5 and add the sugar, one tablespoon at a time (this will take a further 3-4 minutes approximately).
  • Add the vinegar and mix for a further 30 seconds.
  • Place a tablespoon of meringue on top of each of the lemon tarts and form into a peak with a knife.
  • Lightly brown the meringue by placing the tarts under a hot grill or using a kitchen torch.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge until needed.

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Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
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These are the cutest!

Lauren @ Create Bake Make
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Ooh these look amazing!

Jo
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What size cutter did you use please?

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I made these for a Boxing Day Christmas dessert. They went like hot cakes and now my husband is asking for more. I was time poor so brought the tart cases from IGA (only $3.50 there compared to other supermarkets). I made the lemon curd from scratch(2 days before) It’s amazing. Very easy and so delicious. I think this will be my go-to dessert I take to friends houses!!