Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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Masterchef Junior is back on again. And although I don't watch it I'm astounded by the culinary talent that these kids have. Seriously did they come out of the womb with a whisk in their hands.  So when I saw a contestant from the first year cook lemon meringue cupcakes and seeing I had a bag of lemons in my fridge and a full carton of eggs I thought I would give it a try.

The cupcakes recipe I took from my trusty Edmonds Cookbook. A kiwi kitchen staple, (for all you Aussies or Americans out there), the lemon curd and meringue recipe came from the Masterchef website. Something that looks quite intricate and fiddly for my clumsy hands was actually really simple to make. And yet they still have the power to make people who see them go oohhh and aahhhhh.

Give it a try and if you start to think that it's too hard, just tell yourself. If a 12 year old can do it. So can I!

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes (adapted from the Edmonds Cookbook and the Masterchef website)

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:
125 grams butter
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essense
2 eggs
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup milk

Lemon Curd:
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup caster sugar
3 egg yolks
1 egg

Meringue:
3 egg whites
1/2 caster sugar

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius

1. Cream together butter, sugar and vanilla essence together.

2. Fold in the sifted flour.

3. Add the milk.

4. Split the batter into twelve patty cake tins.

5. Cook for 15mins or until the cakes spring back when you touch them.

6. Cool on a wire rack

Lemon Curd

1. Add lemon juice and sugar in a small saucepan and heat until the sugar has dissolved.

2. Add egg and yolks.

3. Stir continuously until the mixture thickens to the consistency of warm custard.

4. Place in a low baking tray and cool.

Meringue

1. Whisk your egg whites in a mixer until peaks begin to form.

2. Add sugar slowly, meringue is ready when you can tip the bowl and the mixture does not move.  You should also not feel any sugar crystals when you rub the mixture between your fingers.

Compiling the Meringues



1. Take your cup-cake and scope out a hole.

2. Spoon in the lemon curd.

3. Pipe on some meringue and place under a medium to high grill until they have nicely browned.

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