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Lemon Meringue Bars Recipe
Yields: 24 Lemon Meringue Bars
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 50 min
Crust (see recipe below)
Lemon Filling (see recipe below)
Meringue Topping (see recipe below)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust oven rack to middle position. Lightly
butter a 13- x 9-inch baking dish and line with parchment paper or wax paper allowing edges to come over the sides.
Prepare Crust. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes and then bake until golden brown, about 20 to 30 minutes; remove from oven, place on a wire cooling rack,
and let cool slightly. After crust is finished baking, reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.
Prepare Lemon Filling and pour over the top of the baked crust.
Prepare Meringue Topping. Spread prepared Meringue Topping over hot lemon filling, being careful to spread to edge of pasty to prevent shrinkage during baking.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until the filling feels firm when touched lightly. Remove from oven and transfer the pan to a wire cooling rack and cool for 30 minutes.
After cooling, grasp the parchment paper and carefully lift the lemon bars onto a cutting board. Cut into
serving size squares or bars, wiping your knife clean between cuts if necessary.
Makes 24 Lemon Meringue Bars.
1-3/4 cups all-purpose
powdered (confectioners') sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
Extra softened butter, for greasing pan
Pulse flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a food processor. Add butter and blend, 8 to 10 seconds, and then pulse until
mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle mixture into prepared baking pan and press firmly into an even layer with slightly raised sides to
hold in the filling.
1 cup granulated
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups water
egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon grated
1/2 cup fresh-squeezed
2 tablespoons butter
While crust is baking, make the Lemon Filling: In a large saucepan over low
heat, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt, and water; simmer until translucent.
Whisk in egg yolks gradually. Whisk in lemon zest, lemon juice, and butter.
Remove from heat.
1 tablespoon cornstarch:
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1/3 cup water
egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup granulated
In a small saucepan over low heat, combine cornstarch and water; bring to
simmer, stirring until mixture thickens and turns translucent. Remove from heat and let cool./
In a large bowl, beat egg whites and vanilla extract until frothy. In a small
bowl, combine cream of tartar and sugar; add to egg whites, 1 tablespoon at a
time, beating until soft peaks form. Slowly add cooled cornstarch mixture, 1 tablespoon
at a time; continue to beat until stiff peaks form.