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1.04.2013

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Meringue Bars



Here's a list of the many reasons I hate the month of January.

-Snow
- Below zero temps.... the thermometer should never read a negative number!
- Chipping ice off my windshield
-Running out of windshield washer fluid (nothing worse than a windshield covered in dirt/salt nastiness... and having to pull oven and use a hunk of snow to wash it... anyone else do that? Or just me...)
- White knuckling it on pretty much any drive in our area.
- Dry gas
- Losing my mittens ( I can only ever find one)
- Ordering heating oil... (I spent 3500 on oil last winter. Barf.)
- I have to wear socks.
- Falling on the ice and bruising your tailbone ( I can't sit on my bum most of the winter... I fall a lot)
- Skiing/Snowboarding (DETEST! but always end up going.... point me to the lodge and order me a hot chocolate with a double shot of peppermint schnapps!)



I am sure there are more that I just can't think of at the moment... One would think I would move to a warmer state... somewhere there is no snow or ice. But you would be wrong. I think it is a common trait of New Englanders.... we love to hate winter and love to complain about the weather. It is never warm enough... and when it does get hot we complain about that too.

To be honest I would never trade my New England fall weather for anything. So for now you have to listen to me bitch and moan about the temps and snow ;)

The one thing I do welcome when the month of January starts.... citrus fruits. My shopping cart is filled each week with Florida oranges, clementines, lemons, limes, grapefruits... I can't get enough!



One of my favorites. Meyer Lemons. They are sweeter than a regular lemon. The juice is just that much better. If you have never tried one, I encourage you to pick some up the next time you hit the grocery store.

I typically make lemon bars several times during the winter. My husband and I have a serious weakness to them. That shortbread crust topped with a lemon curd like topping sprinkled with a bit of powdered sugar. Oh my word. Just so good. To mix it up a bit this time, I added some poppy seeds and topped them with toasted meringue. It's a lemon bar/lemon poppy seed muffin meets lemon meringue pie!



Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Meringue Bars

Ingredients:

FOR THE CRUST: 
1/2 cup room temp butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt


FOR THE LEMON LAYER
2 eggs
2 tsp Meyer lemon zest
1/2 cup Meyer lemon juice
3/4 cups sugar
2 tbs flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp poppy seeds

FOR THE MERINGUE
2 room temp egg whites
1/4 cup granulated sugar 

Directions:

To prepare the crust. Preheat oven to 375.

In the bowl of your electric mixer using the paddle attachment mix butter, sugar, salt, and flour. When it starts to come together but is still slightly crumbly. Press into a parchment paper lined 9x9 baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare your filling. In your electric mixer with a the whisk attachment mix all of your filling ingredients together until combined.

Pour onto prepared crust.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until they are slightly golden on the edges and the center has set and just barely jiggles. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

When the bars have cooled. Prepare your meringue.

With the whisk attachment on your mixer, whip egg whites until they start to get foamy. Add in your sugar, return mixer to high and whip until you have stiff peaks.

Remove from mixer and spread or pipe onto lemon bars.

To brown the top. Using a kitchen torch lightly brown the tips. OR place bars under the broiler for about 30 seconds. Make sure to keep a close eye on it so it does not burn.

Slice bars and enjoy!

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19 comments:

  1. I have a weakness for lemon meringue, so this makes me weak in the knees girl.
    And your list cracks me up. I'm with you (especially on the tailbone thing....I broke mine in college, just never been right since)!

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  2. I love meyer lemons! This is such a great recipe and I love your addition of the poppy seeds.

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  3. could these be any more beautiful? with meyer lemons and meringue, i am sure they taste even better than they look!

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  4. I love your list!! I also hate that it's dark when I leave in the morning and dark when I get home at night.

    These bars look fabulous.

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  5. Ok, so your winter hate list could be MY winter hate list! Give me warm weather year round. And these bars...definitely give me these bars. I heart lemon meringue!!!

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  6. hahah you could not be more spot on about New Englanders. We do love to hate on winter and then complain about the Summer! And I love Fall here too, Its my favorite time of year! :)

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  7. These look amazing! I love all the fresh citrus in January...but, like you, hate evertything else about it! I need to move to warmer temps! :)

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  8. At first I thought these were smores (until I read the title) and then I see it's toasted meringue + lemon. Swoon! They look delish and what a great pop of flavor they must have!

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  9. I love anything with meyer lemons, these bars sound delicious!

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  10. What a great idea for bars! They sound incredible!

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  11. These are stunning! I don't know how people live in negative temp areas. I'd be purple all the time. And frostbitten!

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  12. I can totally relate!! I live in Utah, and often wonder why I moved here because I don't like the winter! But I do love citrus - especially lemon. I could go for one of these right now!

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  13. This is such a great twist on the classic lemon meringue!

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  14. These look great! I'm also obsessed with how those poppy seeds look in there!

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  15. I hate Winter for the same reason ( except my bday maybe ) but these bars are like a little bit of sunshine in this dreadful weather. LOVE these!

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  16. Hehe, I happen to love January (hi birthday month!) but I can definitely say I dislike the ice on my windshield. I don't know if this would help since you guys actually get snow, but have you ever put a bed sheet over your windshield overnight? The ice sticks to the fabric rather than the glass.. may help! And methinks these bars would definitely help me enjoy my birthday month more. I heart lemon!

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  17. I don't hate Winter, but I'm already a little tired of it at the moment :) And these are so cute - love the meringue!

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  18. I love winter, but definitely not falling on ice -ouch! These are brilliant, I love finding new ways to use my favourite citrus fruit! That topping is gorgeous.

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  19. Such a lovely and unique dessert! I just wrote on my blog how I hate everything about winter except citrus. I also have chilblains, a condition that makes me particularly susceptible to cold weather. But I can't wait to move somewhere warm.

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