You can’t even believe how easy these adorable little 4-ingredient lemon tartlets are to make! You can whip up a batch of these 2-bite lovelies in minutes!
Don’t own a kitchen torch? No problem! Just stick ’em under the broiler for a minute or two and you’re good to go.
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How cute are these little guys?! They look so darling on a buffet.
This recipe starts with frozen filo shells. You can find them in the freezer section, usually by the frozen pies, puff pastry, filo dough, etc.
Except at Walmart, at least mine didn’t have them.
Let the shells thaw in the fridge overnight or on the counter the day you make them. They thaw pretty quickly.
Next, pipe in the lemon pie filling.
I’m using this handy dandy cupcake kit that I got from Wilton.
Set your filled tartlets aside and whip up the meringue.
I’m using meringue powder for two reasons: 1) it’s quick and easy and b) I don’t have to worry about undercooked egg whites as the powder is pasteurized.
You can use it in place of egg whites for just about anything, except an omelette…I wouldn’t try that. Just, ew. Anyway…you can find it here or anywhere that they sell Wilton products.
Combine the powder, water, and sugar in a large bowl.
Beat it with a mixer on high speed for 5 minutes. Gently scrape the bowl and beat until the meringue is at stiff peaks and dry, about 5 more minutes.
Pipe the meringue on to your filled tartlets using a tip from the same cupcake kit.
Speaking of torches… Hubby picked one up for me at the Walmarts as an impulse buy. I thought it was pretty awesome until I saw a guy on Breaking Bad use it in a nefarious way.
Oh well. It works great for what I need. If you don’t use a kitchen torch enough to invest in a fancy schmancy one, I highly recommend it. You can find it around the other lighters at the checkouts.
I feel I should warn you (it’s the “mom” in me) this is not a toy, girls and boys. Be very careful with it.
Carefully torch the meringue until it’s a toasty brown color. Be careful, it will burn quickly. Don’t hold it in any one spot for too long.
When you get the desired color you’re all done. Aren’t they pretty?!
Now go share with someone, they’ll be very impressed!
I almost forgot, you can also put these under the broiler for a minute or two. I’m not really fond of this method, though, because you’re at the mercy of the oven. Browning can be uneven and not always exactly where you want it.
If you do decide on this method, keep a close eye on them, as in watch them every second and don’t take your eyes off of them. Literally. They burn super quick.
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