Quick and Easy Lemon Meringue

This is such a quick and easy Lemon Meringue recipe, which I had at a friend’s house and she told me it was a Mary Berry recipe. It is really quick, and easy and tastes delicious too!  It uses a biscuit base instead of pastry, and the filling comes together really easily – promise!

Quick and Easy Lemon Meringue (serves 6)

(although this photo shows double the ingredients!)

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Base:

Butter – 75g

Digestive biscuits – 175g – crushed or blitzed in food processor

Demerara sugar – 25g

Filling:

Lemon juice and rind of 2 large lemons

Egg yolks – 3

Condensed Milk – 1 x 394g tin of full fat condensed milk (low fat one won’t work!)

Meringue:

Egg whites – 3

Caster sugar – 175g

( Note – the one I made and photographed for this blog post was double quantity – so don’t be disappointed if yours looks smaller! )

Method

Preheat oven 190 C

I use a loose bottomed flat tin.

Melt the butter in a saucepan, then add the sugar and biscuit crumbs, mix together well and press into tin. I pressed it in with a spoon and kept the edges raised slightly to contain the filling.

lemon meringue janmary blog

lemon meringue janmary blog

lemon meringue janmary blog

To the make the filling I pour the condensed milk into a large bowl (and it is impossible not to get sticky at this point!), then added in the egg yolks, lemon rind and the strained lemon juice. Stir until the mixture thickens.

lemon meringue janmary blog

lemon meringue janmary blog

I pour the mixture onto the biscuit base, keeping it from going over the edge.

lemon meringue janmary blog

lemon meringue janmary blog

Next I make the meringue – make sure the mixing bowl is spotless before the adding the egg white.

 

I use my mum’s Kenwood mixer, Mum being a much better baker than me, but it is nice to use it – the sound of it still reminds me of her baking – and getting to lick the beaters and bowl of course!

Beat the egg whites until stiff, but don’t over beat them.

lemon meringue janmary blog

Gradually add the caster sugar, beating all the while. When the mixture is ready it will leave a thick trail.

lemon meringue janmary blog

You are now ready to spread the meringue over the filling and base – try to seal in the filling to prevent it from leaking in the oven.

lemon meringue janmary blog

It just takes 15-20 minutes in the oven to become golden brown.

lemon meringue janmary blog

Allow to cool for 30 minutes before serving warm, although also delicious cold.

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If you try the recipe let me know how you get on.

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