Frozen Lemon Cream Cakes with Toasted Meringue Recipe

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Servings: 8


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  • Ingredients for the crust:
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Ingredients for lemon layer:
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 to 4 medium lemons, zest finely grated, then juiced to yield 1 cup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and softened
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled
  • Ingredients for the meringue:
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 5 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar


  1. Directions:
  2. 1. Arrange eight 3-inch-diameter, 2-inch deep round metal ring molds on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment.
  3. 2. In a large mixing bowl, stir the cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar until the crumbs are evenly moist and slightly clump together. Divide the mixture among the molds and pack it in, pressing to compact. Refrigerate.
  4. 3. Fill a large bowl about a third full with ice cubes plus a cup or so of water. Set a second bowl (one that holds at least 2 quarts) in the ice bath and put a medium-mesh strainer in the bowl.
  5. 4. Combine the sugar and lemon zest in a medium bowl and rub it between your fingers to release the lemon oil into the sugar.
  6. 5. In a large heatproof bowl, whisk the lemon juice, eggs, egg yolks, and the sugar mixture. Whisk in the butter pieces. In a 4 quart saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a bare simmer. Set the bowl over the pot (the water shouldn't touch the bottom of the bowl). Whisk constantly until the mixture thickens and reaches a temperature of 170 degrees. Immediately strain into the bowl in the ice bath. Gently stir every so often until completely cool.
  7. 6. Distribute 1/2 cup of the lemon curd evenly among the 8 ring molds and spread it with the back of a spoon to cover the crust. Put the baking sheet in the freezer.
  8. 7. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the cream just until soft peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. With a spatula, gently fold the remaining lemon curd into the whipped cream until well combined. Spoon about 1/2 cup of lemon cream into each mold (you might not use all of the cream). Cover loosely with plastic and freeze for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  9. 8. Shortly before serving, boil the sugar and 1/2 cup water in a heavy-duty 2 quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar, until the mixture reaches the soft-ball stage (235 to 240 degrees on a candy thermometer), 3 to 5 minutes. As the sugar boils, occasionally wash down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming.
  10. 9. Meanwhile, whip the egg whites and salt in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment on low speed until foamy. Increase the speed to medium, add the cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. With the mixer on medium speed, pour the hot sugar syrup in a very thin stream down the side of the bowl. Continue beating on medium-high speed until the egg whites are firm and glossy and the bowl is cool to the touch, 6 to 8 minutes.
  11. 10. Put the cakes on individual serving plates. To unmold, quickly pass the flame of a small kitchen torch around the sides of the rings to loosen them, and then use tongs to slide the rings off. Dollop spoonfuls of meringue over the lemon cream. Using the kitchen torch lightly brown the meringue. Serve immediately.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 221g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 810  
Calories from Fat 396 49%
Total Fat 44.81g 56%
Saturated Fat 25.03g 100%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 365mg 122%
Sodium 328mg 14%
Potassium 180mg 5%
Total Carbs 96.22g 26%
Dietary Fiber 1.5g 5%
Sugars 76.16g 51%
Protein 9.72g 16%
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  • Foodessa
    Just finished my start up Limoncello. Lots of lemons left over. Your recipe looks scrumptious.
    Flavourful wishes, Claudia

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