WARNING! This one is a sugar bomb. But if you have a very sweet tooth and enjoy indulging once in a while, then this will be pure heaven! Lemon Meringue Pie has always been one of, if not my ultimate indulgence when it comes to desserts. I just love the tangy yellow lemon curd mixed with the sugary sweet meringue. In fact, I’m crazy about meringue and being the Kiwi that I am, I’ve always been passionate about Pavlova. This then, is another alternative to a Lemon Meringue Pie as well as a unique twist to a traditional Pavlova.
It does take a little time and effort in bringing the three components to the dessert together, but it’s more a question of allowing enough time, rather than worrying about any difficult techniques. First up you will need to make the meringue base. I will be posting my tips and recipe for making any Pavlova base in another post. It’s something that chefs like to call difficult, but I’ve never had a Pavlova fail. I really don’t think it’s as difficult as everyone makes it out to be! With this recipe, the trick is making sure it is evenly spread out into a roasting dish or swiss-roll tin.
The lemon curd is quick and easy to make, but make sure you allow time for it to cool and thicken, ideally in the fridge. You may want to double the recipe for the curd so that you can keep some in a jar for other uses. It’s even nice spread out on toast! The last component is the mascarpone cream. You want to ensure you have enough whipped cream added to the mascarpone so that it can be easily spread out over the lemon curd. Leaving the mascarpone out to warm to room temperature will make this task easier. You want more lemon curd than mascarpone cream, otherwise the dessert becomes to rich.
Don’t stress too much about the rolling stage. It’s easier than you may think! The meringue shell will crack, but that’s fine. The firm cream and lemon curd somehow holds the whole thing together. I recommend putting the finished roll into the fridge before serving, as it keeps everything firm so that it’s easy to cut into nice slices.