Thursday, January 14, 2010

LEMON MERINGUE BITES

I am a new convert for the little pre-made phyllo cups made by Athens (found in the frozen foods section). I have found many sweet and savory uses for the little time savers.

These sweet little beauties went together in (literally) minutes, thanks to the phyllo cups.
This filling recipe will fill two packages of phyllo cups and since they are so small, they chill quickly and will be ready to serve in short order. Two packages sounds like a lot of lemon pies, but it really isn't (the filling recipe was originally for an 8" pie). Hubby ate four of these after a big meal, so keep that in mind.
2 packages of phyllo cups

LEMON FILLING
1 cup white sugar
¼ cup corn starch
1 cup water
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon fresh lemon zest
2 drops yellow food color (optional)

MERINGUE TOPPING
2 egg whites
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
¼ cup white sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For filling, mix sugar, cornstarch and water in a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and comes to a boil; boil and stir for one minute. Stir half of this mixture into the beaten egg yolks (whisking like crazy to keep the mixture moving). After well mixed, pour the whole thing back into the original pan and boil (and stir) for one more minute. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest and butter. Spoon hot lemon mixture into phyllo cups.
For the meringue topping, beat (with electric mixer) the egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy then sprinkle in the sugar, a little at a time, while you are beating; add the vanilla and continue to beat until stiff peaks form when you lift the beaters out of the bowl.
Top the hot lemon filling with a spoonful of meringue. Bake in a 400F oven for about 10 minutes or until the meringue becomes golden and shiny (watch carefully). Cool on the counter until they are room temperature THEN put them in the fridge to chill. NOTE: Be careful when you separate the eggs; even just a speck of yolk in the egg whites will stop them from whipping correctly. Also, make sure you do NOT whip the egg whites in anything plastic. Any traces of grease or oil in the bowl or on the beaters will stop your egg whites from whipping properly.
Thank you all for your well wishes, regarding our cat Tabitha. She is walking around today and even has found her kitty voice again!! Thanks to lots of "ear licks" from our dog Chloe, Tabitha is well on her way to a full recovery.

19 comments:

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

These look wonderful! I will make these this weekend. My husband LOVES all things lemon.
So happy that your baby is on the mend!

betty r said...

Lemon meringue bites..ooh Coleen they look so delicious and lemon is my all time favorite..I'm sure I could polish off 4 of those..
Happy that Tabitha is getting better..

tracieMoo said...

they look lovely and very cute!

Peggy Clyde. said...

My son, Cory's, most favorite thing is lemon meringue pie. He will be happy to taste these. Thanks so much.

Ingrid said...

Those do look delish and I know my kiddos would enjoy them as they are fans of lemony desserts. I can't wait to try making the meringue which is something I haven't really made before.
~ingrid

Debbie said...

Those look so delicious...I can see me popping one after the other in my mouth...! Glad that Tabitha is doing well.

Mary said...

These look delicious and this is a wonderful idea. I'm glad your cat survived her ordeal. Your husband sounds like a "gentle giant " of a man.

Judy said...

Coleen,,this is a wonderful recipe, and very timely. Little dessert bites are "in." I will be making these, yummm.

Heidi said...

These look wonderful. I've never used that type of dough before It sounds very easy!

teresa said...

i'm so happy to hear about tabatha! those little bites look incredible! my mouth is watering for one!

Katy ~ said...

I've only seen those little phyllo cups but have never used them. I can't begin to tell you how much I love lemon meringue pie so I know that I'd be wolfing these down, believing all the while that I was righteously cutting back LOL

I am so happy to hear about Tabitha. I was telling Ole Sweetie-Pi about her over dinner tonight and we were both kind of hushed and concerned for her. I'll have to tell him your good news.

Laura said...

Those are the cutest little things! When I have time I must remember to make these.

Kathleen said...

These look absolutely adorable.

Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

These look so yummy! I like how your husband could eat more than 1 - sounds like mine (no worries about his diet!). Can't wait to try them. Thanks for sharing.
Susan

The Cooking Photographer said...

Your husband must adore you. Who gets to eat all these amazing goodies?? I want to be your neighbor!

Megan said...

I have some Meyr lemons to use up and this might be the perfect solution. Even on a diet, I can have my own pie. As long as I can get rid of the rest in a NY minute! Temptation and I are not friends!

Krista said...

What wonderful little lemon meringue pies! I'd love to serve these at a summer BBQ. YUM! Great use of the phyllo. : )

Monica H said...

Gladto read Tabitha is on the mend. wet doggy kisses make everything better, don't they?

And yum to these meringue bites. I could eat a dozen 'bout now!

Anonymous said...

I made these incredible Lemon Meringue Bites this weekend and they were a HUGE hit! I was in a hurry and messed up making the meringue so I added fresh blueberries to the top and took along whipped cream and everyone loved them. Another hit, Coleen!!!