Lemon Meringue Tart

Written by Gwen Ashley Walters Category: Local Products Issue: July 2011

“That’s why it’s so creamy,” she says. There’s a smidgen of gelatin in there, too, which gives it structure.

Instead of a light, airy meringue, Gebhart makes an Italian meringue by beating boiled sugar into whipped egg whites. The texture is gooey but holds its shape when piped out with a star tip, creating a whimsical crown of soft marshmallow peaks. A few puffs of flame from a blowtorch and the star ridges pop with browned edges.

A swirl of raspberry coulis (sauce) adds a gorgeous ruby color to the plate and even more tartness – a nice foil for the buttery crust and sugary meringue.
On second thought, maybe you don’t want to share this fabulous tart after all.