Lemon Meringue Pie Cupcakes

(originally made 12/2009)

Usually I make 2 full size desserts on Christmas and people give me grief because they feel guilty about eating both.   This year, I decided to do cupcakes instead.   DH loves Lemon Meringue pie, and I'd copied this recipe a while back to try.   I do admit, I cheated.  I used premade Lemon pie filling.    They were a huge hit with everyone except Jake, who can't have uncooked egg whites  :( 

Thank you to Twinkle for sharing and to Baking Bites for the awesome recipe!


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                       Lemon Meringue Pie Cupcakes

  1                cup  cake flour
  1                cup  ap flour
  2                tsp  baking powder
     1/2           tsp  salt
     1/4           cup  butter -- very soft
  1                cup  sugar
  2               tbsp  lemon zest (from 2 large lemons)
  1              large  egg
  1                tsp  vanilla
  1                cup  milk -- room temperature

Preheat oven to 375F. Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners.
Sift together cake flour, ap flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and lemon zest until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg thoroughly, followed by vanilla. Alternate milk and flour in three additions, ending with flour.
Evenly distribute in prepared pans.
Bake at 375F for 18-20 minutes, until a tester comes out clean and the cake springs back when lightly pressed.
Remove to a wire rack to cool.
Makes 18 cupcakes.

Once the cupcakes are cool, fill a metal-tipped pastry bag with lemon curd (recipe follows, or you may use store-bought) and pipe into cupcakes. Poke the tip of the pasty bag 1/2-1 inch into the top of each cupcake and squeeze about 2 tsp lemon curd into it. You might not use all the curd.


Meringue
3 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
Set a glass or metal bowl over a sauce pan with an inch or two of boiling water in it (i.e. use a double boiler) and beat egg whites in it until foamy. Add in cream of tartar and beat until fluffy but not yet at soft peaks. Stream in sugar until meringue reaches fairly stiff peaks. Spread on cupcakes with a small knife or offset spatula.
Brown with a blowtorch or place on a baking sheet under the broiler until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.

 Lighter Lemon Curd (I used storebought)

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1-2 tsp lemon zest
5 tbsp sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

In a small sauce pan, over medium heat, dissolve sugar into lemon juice. Add zest.
Lightly beat egg in a small/medium bowl. Whisking constantly, slowly pour lemon/sugar syrup into the egg. Beat for 2 minutes (only 1 if you're using a mixer), then transfer back into the saucepan.
Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until it just starts to bubble at the edges. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Transfer to a small container and store in the fridge.

Makes 2/3 cup.


Source: Twinkle, TOH
 http://community.tasteofhome.com/community_forums/f/30/p/334943/336294.aspx#336294

http://bakingbites.com/2006/01/lemon-meringue-pie-cupcakes/

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