lemon s’mores meringue pie

Dan Doherty’s lemon s’mores meringue pie

  • makes 6
  • A little effort

This recipe for lemon s’mores meringue pie comes from Dan Doherty of Duck and Waffle and makes for a stunning dinner party dessert. S’mores are roasted marshmallows sandwiched between biscuits. Toasted marshmallows added to the filling of this pie give it an extra bump of flavour and a gooey texture.

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Ingredients

For the pastry

  • plain flour 250g, plus more for dusting
  • icing sugar 85g
  • vanilla pod ½, seeds scraped out
  • butter 125g (plus some for the tins)
  • egg 1 small

For the lemon curd

  • eggs 4
  • sugar 350g
  • lemons 4, zested and juiced
  • 
butter 250g, cut into 2cm cubes
  • small marshmallow pieces a small handful

For the Italian meringue topping

  • caster sugar 300g
  • egg whites 120g

Method

  • Step 1

    Sift the flour and icing sugar together, and add the vanilla seeds. Rub in the butter, then stir the egg in to make a dough. Cover in clingfilm, then leave to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Flour your surface and butter 6 x 10cm individual tart cases. Roll out the pastry to 2mm thick and cut into circles with a 15cm diameter. Carefully lift each one into the case and push it in so it fits snugly. Pop back in the fridge to firm up for 20 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Take out, line with baking paper or foil, and add a handful of rice or baking beans. Blind bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges start to turn golden brown. Remove the paper and beans and put the tarts back in for 5 minutes, or until the case is cooked. Take out and cool at room temperature.

  • Step 4

    To make the curd, mix the eggs, sugar, lemon zest and juice in a large glass bowl and sit over a pan of simmering water. Whisk continuously until the mixture thickens. This should take 7-8 minutes. Beat in the butter a few cubes at a time until the curd is smooth. Cool with a piece of parchment paper or clingfilm on top.

  • Step 5

    Spread the marshmallows on a tray and toast with a blowtorch or under a hot grill until dark brown. Scrape them out, add to the curd and stir. Don’t worry about any lumps. Re-clingfilm the curd and allow to set in the fridge.

  • Step 6

    To make the meringue, put the sugar in a pan and pour 200g water over it. Heat until the sugar has dissolved then boil until the temperature reaches 116C on a sugar thermometer.

  • Step 7

    Meanwhile put the egg whites in a bowl and whisk at a slow speed. Once the sugar reaches 116C, increase the speed of whisking to create soft peaks. When the sugar reaches 121C, pour slowly into the egg whites while whisking at a high speed. Once the syrup has been added, whisk until the meringue cools to room temperature. Scrape into a piping bag with a 10-12mm plain nozzle.

  • Step 8

    Spoon the marshmallow and lemon curd into the tartlets and level to the tops. Pipe the Italian meringue over, in dots for a neat finish pulling the piping bag un to make a peak on each. Use a blowtorch or a hot grill, quickly brown the meringue. It will only take a few seconds.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 1260
  • Fat 53.1g
  • Saturates 31.8g
  • Carbs 182.2g
  • Fibre 1.7g
  • Protein 12.7g
  • Salt 1.2g
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