How to Make Lemon Meringue Parfait

Calling all lemon meringue pie lovers! You probably know how that meme goes: "When life gives you lemons, make lemon meringue pie". Did you know that it's available in parfait form? This tasty treat will surely suit your taste. Why not try a substitute of an all-time classic dessert? Read this recipe to make your own.

Duration: 1:30 (0:30 prep time)
Level: Moderate
Servings: Four Parfaits


For the Crust:

  • Two tsps of melted, unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs

For the Lemon Curd:

  • Five egg yolks (keep white parts for the meringue)
  • Zest from two medium lemons
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 c. lemon juice (around 2-3 medium lemons)
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar

For the Meringue:

  • Three egg whites at room temperature
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • One tsp of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cream of tartar


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    Stir the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter together. Doing so will smother the crumbs with butter, which is essential for the crust.
    • Don't make the crumbs extremely small; crumbs the size of a chocolate chip would work well.
    • One of the ways to crush the graham crackers (and a bit fun) is to smash the crackers with a rolling pin. Put it inside a bag first to prevent some mess if you wish.
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    Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a medium metal bowl. Keeping mixing until smooth, which takes about one minute. Add lemon zest and juice then whisk until the mixture becomes smooth.
    • Once the water in your saucepan simmers, adjust the temperature to low heat and then place the bowl on the saucepan.
    • The bowl must be able to fit on the pan without touching the water.
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    Whisk the mixture again until thickened. The process should take about 10-15 minutes, or alternatively you can whisk the mixture until it is pale and coats the back of a spoon. Turn the heat off and mix in butter, adding one tablespoon each time. This allows the piece of butter to melt before adding another one.
    • You will know when the mixture is ready if it feels thick when you pull your whisk through it. The trail of lemon curd that dangles from the whisk shouldn't disappear immediately.
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    Put the lemon curd through a fine, sieve strainer. Pour the strained mixture in a bowl. Enclose the bowl tightly with plastic wrap to the extent where a tiny portion of the wrap happens to touch the curd.
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    With 1" amount of water, fill a medium pan then bring water to a simmer over medium heat temperature. Whisk sugar, egg whites and cream of tartar inside a together (use the bowl of your standard mixer if you have one). Put the bowl on top of simmering water, then constantly whisk the mixture until all the sugar dissolves and the egg whites are warm when you touch them. Process takes around 3:00 - 3:30 minutes.
    • Test it by rubbing part of the mix between your fingers; there shouldn't be any grittiness from the sugar.
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    Transfer the bowl to an electric mixer stand. Make sure the stand is fitted with a whisk attachment and a whip. Start off slowly, and gradually get faster until the mixture is stiff and glossy. This process takes around 10 minutes. Add vanilla extract then stir until all is combined.
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    Put cooled lemon curd into a piping bag with a round tip. Place meringue inside a different piping bag with a star tip.
    • Put the ingredients in this order: graham cracker crumbs, lemon curd and meringue.
    • Add the ingredients again in the same order. Before you know it, a feast has appeared before your eyes! Well, not a feast - just a small tasty dessert. Enjoy!


  • Consider adding in gluten-free graham crackers for a gluten-free dessert.

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