Lemon Meringue Pizza

The grand finale to a meal, the Lemon Meringue Pizza. Having taken a few attempts to crack this one, I now have this down to a fine art. The crispness of the base, the sharpness of the lemon and the crunchy topping of the meringue leading to the soft, melt in the mouth meringue below. Perfection on a platter.

Method

Step 1

Roll out the prepared dough ball as thinly as possible

Step 2

Place in the base on the outdoor oven for 30 seconds before turning a couple of times and removing after approx 1 minute

Step 3

Allow the base to cool

Step 4

Wait for the oven to cool to around 130 degrees

Step 5

Spoon a good quality lemon curd over the base quite thickly - this should take around 3 table spoons of curd. Take the lemon curd as close to the edges as possible.

Step 6

Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl and gradually add the caster sugar until the meringue forms stiff peaks and is really glossy then add the vanilla extract and whisk for a couple of seconds more to combine. Layer the meringue over the top of the lemon curd

Step 7

Place back into the outdoor oven for approx 50 seconds then turn to evenly brown the meringue. Remove once browned which will be approx 1.5 to 2.5 minutes.

Step 8

Leave to cool for around 5 minutes before slicing and serving. The lemon curd will be like molten lava when removed so please wait otherwise you could burn yourself (or your mouth!)

TIP

The best lemon curd to use is the Sicilian Lemon curd available from the premium ranges of most supermarkets. The oven MUST be cool when returning the completed pizza otherwise the meringue will burn and ignite!


Ingredients

1 pizza dough ball (using our dough recipe) or 1 shop bought pizza base

3 heaped TBS of lemon curd (Sicilian preferably)

3 Large egg whites

175g caster sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract