Lemon Meringue Cream Puffs

A fun twist on lemon meringue - these delicious cream puffs are filled with a bright and light lemon curd filling and topped with a golden meringue crown.

Cream Puffs filled with a lemon curd and topped with toasted meringue

I am so excited to share this new recipe with you guys! It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to get in the kitchen and test new recipes for the blog! I have been wanting to make Lemon Meringue Cream Puffs for a while now. I could just picture how beautiful the cream puffs would look with the toasted meringue on top. Plus I love using my kitchen torch!

The combination of the tart lemon curd with the sweet meringue is delicious. I made my lemon curd with limoncello liqueur but you can always sub it out for lemon juice (you can follow this recipe here). I made these for a dinner party my friend was hosting. Each course was paired with a different cocktail. So instead of pairing my dessert with a drink - I choose to make a boozy dessert! They were a huge hit with everyone at the party! I love a dessert that is simple and easy to eat.

Pate a Choux

I have been loving making pate a choux - ever since I first made these chocolate cream puffs! The Pate a Choux pastry is cooked first on the stove then in the oven. Technically you just need water, butter, flour and eggs to make choux - but I like to add a bit of sugar and salt to my recipe. I’ve also seen it made with milk - but I have yet to try a recipe with milk and have stuck to the traditional water only dough. The pastry rises due to the steam trapped in the pastry. The puffs are airy and light with a golden brown crust. You want your choux to be light and airy on the inside and crisp on the outside.

Whipped Lemon Curd Cream Filling

I filled these lemon meringue cream puffs with two fillings. One is a lemon whipped cream and the other is lemon curd. I used the lemon curd to flavour my whipped cream. It is a lighter filling - which is pipped into the cream puff first. The lemon curd is then pipped into the cream puff creating a more intensely flavoured centre.

Cream Puffs filled with a lemon curd and topped with toasted meringue

Lemon Meringue Cream Puffs

Ingredients

Pate a Choux

1 c water

1/2 c butter, cut into cubes

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

1 c flour

4 eggs

Lemon Curd

3 egg yolks

¾  c sugar

¼ c water

2 tbsp limoncello liqueur

Zest from lemon

2 tbsp butter, cut into cubes

Whipped Cream

1 1/2 c heavy cream (35%)

2 tbsp powdered sugar

Meringue

3 egg whites

1 c sugar

Lemon Meringue Cream Puffs - Filled with Lemon Whipped Cream and Lemon Curd

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 425F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine the water, butter, salt & sugar. Simmer until the butter has melted and the mixture comes to a light boil. Take the mixture off the heat and stir in the flour with a wooden spoon. Place the mixture back on the heat and continue to stir until the mixture starts to come off the sides of the pan and a ball forms.

Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool for 4-5 minutes. Stir in eggs one at a time. The mixture will break or come apart with each addition but should come back together before you add the additional egg. Your pastry should be shinny and of a smooth consistency.

Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip (I used a coupler) and pipe about 2 inches apart onto baking sheet. Use a small amount of water to smooth out peak on each dough mound.

Bake for 10 minutes for at 425F, then drop oven temperature to 375F and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Allow shells to cool completely before filling.

To make the Lemond Curd - In a saucepan combine egg yolks, sugar, water, limoncello and zest. Simmer over medium heat, stir constantly until mixture starts to thicken and boil. Allow mixture to boil for 2-3 minutes then stir in butter. Boil for an additional 1-2 minutes then remove from heat. Allow to cool completely.

To make the lemon whipped cream - In the bowl of stand mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk together heavy cream and powdered sugar. Whisk over high speed until medium to stiff peaks form - about 1 to 2 minutes. Do not over whip. Fold half of the lemon curd into the whipped cream.

To make the frosting - Over a double boiler heat together the egg white and sugar for 5 -7 minutes, whisking constantly. Transfer mixture to a clean kitchenaid mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk on high for 5 - 7 minutes or until stiff glossy peaks form.

To Assemble - Fill a pipping bag fitted with a round tip (Wilton 12 or a coupler works well) with the lemon whipped cream. Poke your pipping tip into the bottom of a cooled cream puff shell. Pipe the lemon whipped cream filling into the cream puff until about 2/3rds full. Fill a second pipping bag fitted with a round tip with the remaining lemon curd. Pipe the lemon curd into the bottom of the cream puffs layering it at the bottom of the lemon whipped cream. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large star tip with the meringue. Pipe meringue onto the tops of the cream puffs. Using a kitchen torch brown meringue.

 
Lemon Meringue Cream Puffs - cream puffs filled with a lemon curd and topped with toasted meringue

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

These banana chocolate chip scones are incredibly moist, easy to make
and are perfect on the go!

Moist Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

I had some friends over a few weeks ago and every time one of them went into my freezer to grab ice they would comment on the number of bananas that I had stashed away in my freezer. While I love bananas, they have to be the perfect shade of yellow for me to eat them. I knew that my stash of over ripe bananas was starting to get out of hand, which of course meant it was time to bake something! After baking two loafs of banana bread, I still had a bunch of bananas left over. I love making scones because they come together quickly and you don’t have to wait for your butter to soften - in fact you want nice cold butter straight from the fridge so you get nice and flaky scones.

Banana and chocolate is one of my favourite flavour combinations. The bananas add sweetness and moisture to the scones and you can’t go wrong with extra chocolate - just saying. They are light and flaky, moist and of course delicious! So grab those over ripe bananas hiding in your freezer and whip up a batch of these scones today!

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Makes: 16 scones

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas
1 egg
¼ c heavy cream
2 c flour
½ c sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ c butter, cold & cut in cubes
½ c mini semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 425F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a food processor or blender puree banana, egg, and heavy cream, set aside. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Cut butter into flour mixture, until mixture resembles wet sand. Mix wet ingredients into dry until just combined. Mix in chocolate chips. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and kneed dough into a ball. Divide dough into two. Flatten dough into a large round disk and cut into 8 even wedges. You should have 16 scones total.

Evenly place scones onto prepared baking sheets and brush with heavy cream. Bake scones for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow scones to cool completely on a wire rack.

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

Mini Dark Chocolate & Cherry Panettone

These mini panettone are filled with delicious dark chocolate and sweet cherries. They are sure to delight on Christmas morning!

Mini Dark Chocolate & Cherry Panettone

Let the Christmas baking begin! I am so excited to share with you all of the delicious Christmas treats I have been making, testing and tasting over these past few weeks! I thought I would start off with my Mini Dark Chocolate and Cherry Panettone. It has become a bit of a tradition of mine to bake a panettone each Christmas. It started with these mini ones and then last year I made a more traditional large loaf. I decided to go back to the mini ones again this year. There is just something about mini desserts that is so fun. They are easily shareable and hard to resist!

I love that these aren’t overly sweet. The slight bitterness of the dark chocolate pairs really well with the sweetness of the dried cherries. Its a delicious combination. I love the tender, flakiness of the panettone dough. I have been enjoying these for breakfast with a cup of tea! yum!

What Exactly is Panettone?

Well I am glad you asked! It is a traditional Italian sweet bread that is typically prepared around Christmas. It is usually a large loaf with a round base and a muffin like top. The dough is made using lots of butter and eggs which gives the Panettone a tender flakey texture. It usually has candied citrus and/or dried fruits throughout.

Making the Dough

Making a yeast dough can always be a little nerve racking but it is totally worth it! This dough comes together quickly and doesn’t require a lot of kneading. Just make sure you start the process early on in the day as it requires two 90 minute rise times before heading to the oven.

The only other thing to be cautious of when making these panettone is not over heating the milk and butter. Just heat until all the butter has melted and the milk is warmed. You don’t want it to get too hot! If you add super hot milk to the flour and yeast mixture you could kill the yeast and your dough won’t rise as it should. It will also melt the chocolate chips which you don’t want either!

Mini Dark Chocolate & Cherry Panettone

Mini Dark Chocolate & Cherry Panettoni

Makes: 12 mini panettoni
Time: 30 minutes active time, 90 minute rise time x2

Ingredients:

2 packages instant yeast

4 c all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1/2 c warm milk

1/4 c warm water

1/4 c butter

1/2 c sugar

3 eggs

2 egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 c dark chocolate chunks

1 c dried cherries

1 egg

2 tbsp milk

Directions:

Grease a large bowl with butter, set aside

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together flour, yeast and salt on low speed for 5 minutes. In a small saucepan over medium heat combine milk, water, butter and sugar. Heat until all the butter is melted and mixture is warm, do not over heat. If the mixture is too hot, it will kill the yeast. The milk should be warm to the touch, if it feels too hot wait for it too cool down slightly before adding it to the flour mixture.

On low speed, slowly pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture. Mix until just combined. Add in eggs, egg yolks and vanilla. Stir in dark chocolate and dried cherries. until just combined. The dough should be sticky to the touch Transfer dough to prepared bowl, cover with plastic wrap. Allow dough to rise in a warm, draft free area until doubled in size (approx 90 mins)

Line cupcake pan with parchment paper cupcake liners. Once dough is doubled in size, punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Cut dough into 12 even pieces. Roll into balls and place in cupcake liners. Cover with clean tea towel and let rise until doubled in size (aprox 90 mins).

Beat together remaining egg and 2 table spoons of milk to create egg wash. Brush on tops of each mini panettone. Bake at 350F for 11-15 minutes or until tops are golden brown.

 
Mini Dark Chocolate & Cherry Panettone