I love Lemon Meringue Pie, but I hate making it and loooooath the breaking up of the biscuit for the base, so I came up with a quick, easy and super simple way to make them...if you can screw this up, then PLEASE for the love of GOD, step away from the kitchen and never, ever, ever, EVER set foot in a kitchen again.... :)
To be honest, as my bestfriend, in all his wisdom of Lemon Meringue Tarts, says "but that's not a real Lemon Meringue"....yes, yes, I know, but this you can make in a time pinch, quantity pinch or need to show off, with stuff you can keep in your pantry (well other then the Cream cheese!)
Ok so here goes: YOU DO NOT COOK ANYTHING....so just step away from the oven, ok.
First off, go and buy some meringue nests, you know, the ready made ones. I used the kiddie ones, but you can pick whatever you want. If you really, REALLY want, you can make your own, but honestly, why bother?
For the filling:
250ml Cream Cheese (low fat)
1/4 cup ROOM TEMP Butter
1/2 cup SIFTED Icing sugar
Lemon Juice from one med lemon, or about 4 big squirts from a bottle!
2.5ml yellow food colouring
Mix the above together till smooth and creamy. When you are adding the lemon juice, just keep adding till the cheese filling
is very smooth and not yet really runny. That should be enough to also give it a super lemon flavour. (you can add a drop of lemon essence if you MUST)
Spoon the filling into the meringue nests till just overfilled. There will be extra cream cheese filling, to allow for a lot of tasting when adding lemon in...and just cause its tasty :)
Once all the nests are filled take a box of biscuits (I used rectangular Nuttikrust ones but you can use any you prefer) and pop one on top of each filled nest so that it nestles on the filling.
VOILA!!!!!!!!!!!! Upside down Lemon Meringue
Now look, I know its not exactly the same as proper Lemon Meringue, but that's the idea. You can make any variations you want to this buy changing the flavour of the filling (use peppermint to make peppermint pies) or change the biscuit topping etc. You could even drizzle melted chocolate over the top of the biscuit or even instead of the biscuit.
The idea of this recipe is to give you something tasty and fast.
So, off you all go and MOOOOVE with creativity.
Let me know how it goes and pls, if you come up with something exciting, link to my blog on your blog or however you do that whole thing (hehehehe!)
Moo, over and out.