The recipe for today is one of the most delicious recipes I’ve done to date. I’m so grateful to my daughter for hauling home the lemons and for her college roommate for letting her pick the lemons off of the tree in her backyard. Those lemons have definitely brightened up our winter.
Today’s recipe for Lemon Dessert #2 is very similar to another Lemon Dessert I posted about a couple of years ago. But this one is better! I just have to say up front – that this dessert is the most delicious thing I’ve eaten in years! I’m not even kidding. I wouldn’t kid you about a thing like this. It is – and I don’t use this word often – AMAZING. My family decided it was like eating baby angels. So ridiculously “melt in your mouth” good. This dessert is a lot like a Pavlova, only it’s in a cake pan instead of on a baking sheet.
Here is the recipe as I made it:
Lemon Dessert #2
Beat for 15 minutes:
8 egg whites
2 cups sugar
1/2 Tablespoon vinegar (I used white vinegar)
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
Put into a 9″ x 13″ pan and bake at 275 degrees for 1 hour.
Turn oven off and let stand in oven for 20 minutes.
Cook in a double boiler until thick:
8 egg yolks, beaten a little
1 cup sugar
Grated rind of 2 lemons (Grandma noted that she didn’t use this, but I did)
6 Tablespoons lemon juice
Cool both crust and filling.
1 pint whipping cream (it doesn’t say to add any sugar to the whipped cream, but I added about 2 Tablespoons – it seemed weird to me to not have it sweetened just a bit)
Put about half of the whipped cream on top of the crust, then the lemon filling, then the rest of the whipped cream.
Sprinkle coconut on top of everything and refrigerate overnight.
This is my double boiler – a glass bowl sitting on top of a pan of simmering water. Does anyone use double boilers anymore? This works just fine.
Here are more of those beautiful lemons!
There was so much meringue for the crust that it almost overflowed in the oven! I pushed it down a bit around the edges so I could get the other goodies on top.
The filling doesn’t seem to get thick when you’re mixing it in the double boiler. I cooked this for about 20 minutes and finally just decided to take it off the heat. It did firm up and got thick as it cooled a bit.
So beautiful – layer by layer.
Not everyone in my family loves coconut. I do. Love it.
Here it is – like eating baby angels. I’m not even kidding.
You’re going to want to try this dessert. It takes some time to make, but it’s very easy to do. You’re going to have to trust me on this one and just do it. You’ll be glad you did and you’ll love having this recipe in your arsenal. It’s a very elegant and very delicious dessert – just ask the baby angels.