Summer Berry and Lemon Curd Meringues

  • Yield 4 servings

Tart lemon curd, sweet strawberries and crunchy meringues make a perfect one-bite dessert.

Summer Berry and Lemon Curd Meringues
Lynda Balslev

Ingredients

Curd:
8 large egg yolks
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
Meringues and Fruit:
8 (1 ½ to 2-inch) meringues
4 strawberries, cut into halves, or 8 blueberries, raspberries or blackberries

Instructions

  1. Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a heavy medium saucepan. Add lemon juice, butter and salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until curd thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon, 6 to 8 minutes. Do not boil; if it begins to give off steam, briefly remove pan from heat, stirring constantly. Strain curd through a fine-meshed sieve into a bowl and let cool completely. May be refrigerated up to 1 week. Makes about 2 cups.
  2.  With a teaspoon, carefully hollow out the centers of the meringues without piercing the bottom. Reserve crumbled centers. Spoon curd into centers. Garnish with a berry. Sprinkle with some of the crumbled meringue. Makes 8.

Recipe by Lynda Balslev