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Lemon Meringue Parfaits

This refreshing icy treat is inspired by one of our favorite old-fashioned pies.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 pint lemon sherbet
  • 2 large egg whites
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Divide sherbet among four 6-ounce ramekins or custard cups; cover with plastic wrap, and freeze until very firm, at least 2 hours.

  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 475 degrees. With an electric mixer, beat egg whites with a pinch of salt on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. With mixer on low speed, gradually add sugar (about 1 tablespoon every 20 seconds); continue beating until peaks are stiff and glossy.

  3. Step 3

    With a flexible spatula, mound meringue on sherbet; swirl and spread to edges of ramekins with the back of a spoon. Place on a baking sheet; bake until meringue is golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

Source
Everyday Food, July/August 2005

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