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Lemon-blueberry meringue pie: a refreshing and elegant dessert

Lemon-blueberry meringue pie: a refreshing and elegant dessert

This Lemon Blueberry Meringue Pie is a delicious combination of tangy lemon filling and airy blueberry meringue. With a buttery crust, tangy lemon curd, and a fluffy blueberry-infused meringue topping, this pie is both visually stunning and incredibly delicious. Finished with fresh blueberries, candied lemon peel, and edible flowers, it’s a perfect dessert for any special occasion.

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Why you'll love this dessert: This tart is a symphony of flavors and textures. The tangy lemon filling provides a refreshing contrast to the sweet and airy meringue, while the blueberries add a fruity touch. The meringue, infused with blueberry powder, not only adds beautiful color, but also a unique twist on the traditional meringue topping. Candied lemon zest and edible flowers enhance the presentation, making this a dessert that is sure to impress.

Perfect opportunity: This tart is perfect for any special occasion, from dinner parties and family gatherings to holiday celebrations. Its vibrant flavors and elegant presentation make it a standout dessert for spring and summer events. Whether you serve it as the finale to a holiday meal or as the centerpiece of a party, this tart is sure to delight your guests.

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Decorating tips: For a sophisticated presentation, top the tart with a generous handful of fresh blueberries and a layer of candied lemon peel. Edible flowers add a touch of elegance and a pop of color. If you have a kitchen blowtorch, gently toast the meringue to give it a golden, caramelized appearance. Serve on a pretty platter to show off its stunning appearance.

Ingredients:

For the lemon filling:

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest (from 3 to 4 lemons)
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons butter

For the blueberry meringue:

  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried blueberries (ground into powder)
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the toppings:

  • Fresh blueberries
  • Candied lemon peels
  • Edible flowers
  1. Prepare the lemon filling:
    • In a medium saucepan, whisk together water, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, cornstarch and salt until well combined.
    • Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and whisk continuously until the mixture thickens to avoid lumps.
    • In a separate bowl, slowly pour 1 cup of the hot lemon mixture into the egg yolks while whisking vigorously to temper the eggs.
    • Return the egg mixture to the saucepan, whisking constantly, and cook for another 2 minutes over medium-high heat.
    • Remove from heat and stir in butter until melted.
    • Pour lemon filling into a fully baked pie crust, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours until set.
  2. Prepare the blueberry meringue:
    • In a large heatproof metal bowl, combine egg whites, ground freeze-dried blueberries, sugar and cream of tartar.
    • Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, whisking constantly until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture reaches 160°F.
    • Remove the bowl from the heat and use a stand mixer or hand mixer to whip the mixture, gradually increasing the speed to medium-high.
    • Add the vanilla extract and continue beating until the meringue is glossy and holds stiff peaks, about 8 minutes.
  3. Assemble the pie:
    • Spoon or pipe the blueberry meringue over the set lemon filling, creating a dome shape if desired.
    • Optionally, use a kitchen blowtorch to gently toast the meringue until golden brown.
    • Garnish with fresh blueberries, candied lemon peel and edible flowers.
  4. Let cool and serve:
    • Let the pie cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
    • Cut into and savor the refreshing, elegant flavors of this lemon and blueberry meringue pie.

Appreciate! Savor the tangy flavors of lemon and sweet blueberries in this beautiful tart. Perfect for any occasion, it's sure to become a favorite with your family and friends. Enjoy every delicious bite!

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