Lemon Meringue Pie Bars

Lemon Meringue Pie Bars: A Tangy Twist on Tradition


For the Crust:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 stick of butter, cubed

For the Filling:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • Zest of two medium-sized lemons

For the Meringue:

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

Lemon Meringue Pie Bars

Tips and Advice:

1. Preheat the Oven:

  • Warm the oven to 350°F (175°C).

2. Crust Preparation:

  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour and powdered sugar.
  • Mix in the cubed butter until the dough forms, using your hands, a fork, or a food mixer.
  • Shape the dough into a thin layer in a 9x13 pan.
  • Bake for approximately 10 minutes, until the sides are golden and the top is slightly puffed.

3. Filling:

  • In the mixer bowl, combine eggs, sugar, lemon juice, and zest.
  • Beat on medium speed for about 1.5 minutes.
  • Pour the filling over the pre-baked crust and return it to the oven.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the filling is set.

4. Cooling and Chilling:

  • Allow the bars to cool, then refrigerate until cold and firm.

5. Meringue:

  • Place a metal bowl over boiling water and whisk egg whites and sugar until the sugar melts and forms a sauce.
  • Transfer the bowl to a mixer and whisk on high until stiff peaks form.

6. Assembling:

  • Cut the cold lemon bars into pieces.
  • Spoon or pipe meringue onto each bar and lightly brown with a kitchen torch. Alternatively, spread meringue over the entire pan before cutting and brown it under the broiler.

7. Enjoy the Result:

  • From the crunchy crust to the creamy, tangy filling and the light, fluffy meringue, these Lemon Meringue Pie Bars offer a delightful blend of tastes and textures.
  • Perfect for parties, dinners, or a sweet indulgence, these bars are sure to be a hit.
  • Relish the process and savor the delicious outcome!

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