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Lemon Custard in Meringue Cups

My husband loves lemon meringue pie. This variation is a favorite of his. I like it,'s very easy to make but looks very elegant. I've served it at every occasion from a formal dinner party to just a casual get-together. Ever since I was a young girl, making desserts has been a favorite hobby. Over the years, I've filled two binders with recipes for them!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 3 large eggs, separated, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Sweetened whipped cream


  • For meringue, in a large bowl, beat the egg whites, vinegar, vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon salt on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment. Spoon egg white mixture into 8 mounds on paper. Shape into cups with a spoon.
  • Bake at 300° for 35 minutes. Turn oven off and leave door closed; let shells dry in oven at least 1 hour. Remove shells from paper. When thoroughly cooled, store in an airtight container.
  • For custard, in a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch and remaining sugar and salt. Stir in water until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
  • Beat egg yolks. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; gently stir in the lemon juice, zest and butter. Cool to room temperature without stirring. Chill.
  • Just before serving, fill meringue shells with custard and top with whipped cream.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 270 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 127mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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