Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Thursday, 7th July 2011

I can’t believe we’re already into July, summer seems to be moving along far too quickly. We enjoyed the Canada Day celebrations.  And on the 4th of July we also celebrated my son’s, Matthew, 18th birthday. For holiday weekends I always make sure to have a variety of treats on hand. I wanted to add a sweet-tart dessert to the mix and I knew everyone would enjoy Lemon Meringue Tarts.

A photo of various Lemon Meringue Tarts displayed on white doilies.

Our home is generally busy on the weekends but more so over the holiday weekends and especially so on Matt’s birthday weekend.  Matt’s always been very social and he had so many friends dropping by to celebrate.

A photo of Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts displayed on a white rectangular dish placed in a row, one behind the other.

I can’t believe my little boy is an adult!!  He may officially be an adult but sorry “my handsome dude” as your mom I wasn’t ready to fulfill your birthday cake wish.  When my husband celebrated his 30th birthday I purchased a fun novelty cake – a boob cake with all the trimmings – 2 fittingly placed maraschino cherries.  Unfortunately a few years back Matt ran across the pictures from that birthday celebration and ever since he’s requested that very cake.

A photo of Lemon Meringue Tarts placed on a wooden board.

I’m sure Matt thought now that he was officially an adult that I would indulge him – can you imagine? Second request please!  Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake – much better!  I think we’ve had an ice cream cake for every one of his birthday celebrations since he uttered his first words.

A photo of Lemon Meringue Tarts and Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts displayed on a large white cake stand.

We tend to have quite a few guests over the holiday weekends; friends and family have more time to pop in for a visit and a swim.  I try to prepare easy to serve treats that are full of flavour with a variety of textures.  Tarts are perfect.

A photo of Italian Pastries, Tartellette alla Crema di Limone e Meringa All'Italiana placed on white doilie lined dessert dishes.

In these Lemon Meringue Tarts I started with a base of sweet, crispy Pasta Frolla. For the Lemon Cream filling, I added not only butter but also heavy cream. The combination of the two made for a creamier filling.  And it also had an amazing citrus flavour, not overly intense.

A photo of mini Lemon Meringue Tarts displayed on white doilies.

I decided to top with a luscious Italian Meringue.  Italian Meringue takes a little more effort because you have to make the sugar syrup but the results are definitely worth it.  I know when I first started with sugar syrups I thought the task was quite daunting especially since I didn’t have a candy thermometer. But now that I’ve invested in a good thermometer I find the task quite easy.

A photo of an Italian Pastry, Tartellette alla Crema di Limone e Meringa All'Italiana, displayed on a white dessert dish placed on a white napkin with a dessert fork.

The hard part for me is the piping and browning of the meringue; I tend to have a heavy hand.  A few do-overs later I was finally happy with the results (not!) or should I say, I decided to go with a more rustic look (doesn’t that sound better?).

A photo of Lemon Meringue Tarts and Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts with a sweet, crispy Pasta Frolla pastry shell and topped with a luscious Italian Meringue.

I think next time I will forego the piping and try to replicate the look of Jason and Shawnda’s Lemon Meringue Pie or the look of Josie’s Big Hair Lemon-Lime Meringue Tarts.  Don’t they look amazing?

A photo of Tartellette alla Crema di Limone e Meringa All'Italiana, Lemon Meringue Tarts with an Italian Meringue and Lemon Cream filling.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend.  Please stop by tomorrow for my Chocolate-Caramel Tart with Hazelnuts and Milk Chocolate Glaze.

A photo of Italian Pastries, Tartellette alla Crema di Limone e Meringa All'Italiana {Lemon Meringue Tarts}, one displayed on a mini, yellow cupcake stand atop a yellow napkin with a mini lemon meringue tart placed just in front on the yellow napkin.

A photo of Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts placed on a white dish.

A photo of Italian Desserts, Tartellette alla Crema di Limone e Meringa All'Italiana {Lemon Meringue Tarts} with Italian Meringue topping and a Lemon Cream filling.

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Comments (14)

14 Responses to “Lemon Meringue Tarts-Tartellette alla Crema di Limone e Meringa All’Italiana”

  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    I love that you got your husband a boob cake, haha I bet mine would appreciate that! That would definitely be interesting/awkward for your son:-) These tarts are so cute, Grace!

  2. Grace Says:

    Lauren the cake was a huge hit especially for Moe (haha) and some of the pics were hilarious, definitely a conversation piece, best part about it was that they never expected me to ever get a cake like that – I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks it would be awkward, some couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t bake the cake for him. I’m sure when he meets that special someone, she’ll bake the cake for him – better yet make an ice cream boob cake.

  3. Julia Says:

    I’m sure the boob cake was awkward to eat…anyway, BEAUTIFUL tarts! I can’t wait for tomorrow’s recipe!

  4. Grace Says:

    If you could only see the pictures Julia – so funny, I’m sure you can imagine.

  5. Kelly Says:

    Grace, these look fantastic and are just so cute!! Haha the boob cake is hilarious!

  6. Kathleen Says:

    Your tarts look amazing! My son is 21 and I’d feel awkward as well getting him a boob cake. He’d love to receive one I’m sure!

  7. marla Says:

    Grace, such sweet little lemon tarts. love the meringue.

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    oh how i love these Grace – perfect little bites of lemony goodness – adding the cream is terrific!

  10. Valerie Says:

    I really love the yellow color, it’s gorgeous!

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    Big ones! Small ones! All perfectly yummy!

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