Crisitina Cooks Gingersnap-Meyer Lemon Meringue Tart
- 2 cups crushed gingersnaps (about 40 gingersnaps)
- 5 Tbsp. butter, melted
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1⁄4 cup cornstarch
- 3 large eggs
- 3 large egg yolks
- 2⁄3 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
- 1 1⁄2 Tbsp. Meyer lemon zest
- 1⁄2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
- 3 large egg whites
- Garnish: Meyer lemon slices
- Prepare Gingersnap Crust: Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together gingersnap crumbs and butter. Firmly press mixture on bottom and up sides of a 10-inch tart pan. Bake at 350° for 9 minutes or until golden and fragrant. Cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare Fresh Meyer Lemon Curd: Whisk together 11⁄2 cups sugar and cornstarch in a heavy saucepan. Whisk in eggs and egg yolks. Stir in lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Boil, whisking constantly, 1 to 11⁄2 minutes or until thickened. Remove pan from heat. Stir in lemon zest and butter.
- Fill a large bowl with ice. Place pan containing lemon curd in ice, and let stand, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Spread lemon curd over prepared crust. Place heavy-duty plastic wrap directly on lemon curd (to prevent a film from forming); chill 2 hours. (Mixture will thicken as it cools.)
- Prepare Italian Meringue: Preheat broiler with oven rack 8 inches from heat. Combine 1⁄4 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and corn syrup in a small heavy saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until clear. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 240° (soft ball stage). Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form; slowly add syrup mixture, beating constantly. Beat until stiff peaks form. Spoon meringue in center of tart; spread to within 2 inches of edge of tart. Broil 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. Chill 1 hour.
Makes 10 to 12 servings - Hands-on 25 min. - Total 4 Hrs 22 min.
If Meyer lemons are unavailable, substitute equal amounts of regular lemon juice and orange juice.
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