Mini Clementine-Meringue Pies

Credit: All My Chefs
Ingredients (20 servings)

Clementine Curd

Instructions

Step 1: Dough

Remove the butter from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature. Remove the seeds from the vanilla bean using the tip of a sharp knife.

Place the diced butter and the flour in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix to combine.

Add the sugar, vanilla, and water. Continue mixing until the dough is even. If it sticks too much, add a touch more flour.

Form a ball of dough and chill for 20 minutes.

Add the sugar, vanilla, and water. Continue mixing until the dough is even. If it sticks too much, add a touch more flour.

Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Remove the dough from the fridge and roll it out between two sheets of parchment paper to 2 mm of thickness. Cut small tart bases with a fluted cookie cutter and place in silicone molds. Prick the dough all over with a fork, and add beans or pie weights to keep them from rising. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Bake several batches if needed.

Step 2: Clementine Curd

Halve the clementines and juice them. Pour the juice into the bowl of a mixer. Add the sugar and beat. Add the cornstarch and the eggs, and continue to beat. Place into a mixing bowl, and place the bowl on top of a saucepan filled 2/3 of the way with simmering water. Cook over low heat, whisking all the while. The mixture should slowly begin to thicken; when the curd coats the back of a wooden spoon, it’s ready.

Be very careful not to let lumps form as the curd cooks.

Remove the bowl from the heat and add the butter. Mix to combine. Place in a bowl and allow to cool.

Step 3: Meringue

Step 4: Plating

Remove the tart shells from the oven and place on a cold baking sheet. Once the shells have cooled, fill with clementine curd and cover with meringue. Broil the tops slightly with a kitchen blowtorch.

Rinse and dry the kaffir lime, then grate some zest over the top of the pies. Chill until ready to serve.

Tip These mini-pies can be made with any citrus. If you have any dough left over, you can also make small shapes with which to garnish them.

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