Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies

  • 10MINS
  • 5MINS
  • 32KCAL

These slimming friendly Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies will satisfy your sweet tooth whether you are counting calories or following a weight loss plan like Weight Watchers

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories32
  • Carbs2g
  • Protein2g
  • Fat1g
  • Saturates0.3g
  • Sugars2g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

These Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth and they’re great if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers too!

We’ve used wholemeal bread for the base of our Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies as it’s lower in calories and fat than pastry. We chose a large Warburtons medium sliced wholemeal loaf for our bases, so if you use a different brand then don’t forget to check the weight yourself if you’re calculating calories – we always weigh the bread after we’ve cut our circles out to make sure we have the correct weight!

The lemon curd in these Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies is just our standard, slimming friendly version, but we’ve omitted the quark in this recipe. If you prefer to make your lemon curd with quark then there shouldn’t be any issues with including it!

What diets are these Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies suitable for?

This Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies recipe is suitable for vegetarian diets.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Wholemeal bread

You can also make it dairy free by swapping the following ingredients for dairy free alternatives;

  • Quark

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies recipe?

  • You need to count 1 Point per portion of this Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count Zero Points per portion of this Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies recipe if you’re on WW Blue
  • You need to count Zero Points per portion of this Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make these Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies?

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To make these pies you’ll need one of these Mini Muffin Trays from Amazon. It’s essential for making these Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies, and we’ve used it for nearly all of our other canapés.

The second essential ingredient is a decent rolling pin. You need to make sure the bread is an even thickness so we use one of these nifty rolling pins from Joseph Joseph, which you can find on Amazon.

How many calories are in these Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies?

There are 32 calories per portion in this Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

To make the pies

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Step 2

Remove the crusts from the bread, then roll each slice out so they are 2mm thick.

Step 3

Cut out 12 discs of bread.

Step 4

Spray the tin with low calorie cooking spray and push the discs of bread in the holes to make little cups. You’ll have to press firmly as they’ll probably bounce back.

Step 5

Spray again with the low calorie cooking spray and place in the oven for 4-5 minutes until they are starting to colour and crisp. Allow to cool.

Step 6

Fill each case with some cold lemon curd. You’ll need about 1 teaspoons in each case, but you can as much as you want.

Step 7

Top each one with a Mini Meringue and serve.

To make the lemon curd

Step 1

Place the grated lemon rind and sweetener into a bowl In another bowl, whisk the lemon juice and eggs together, then pour the mixture over the sweetener.

Step 2

Place the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water, stirring frequently until thickened (it should take around 5-8 mins).

Step 3

Allow to cool slightly, and then mix in the quark / fromage frais, whisking until smooth.

Step 4

Allow to cool, before storing in the fridge.

To make the mini meringues

Step 1

Pre heat the oven to 100°C.

Step 2

Make sure your bowl and whisks are clean and dry.

Step 3

Whisk the egg white until it forms soft peaks. You will need an electric whisk for this.

Step 4

Continue whisking and add the sweetener a little at a time until it has dissolved. The meringue needs to be at stiff peak stage, so you should be able to hold the bowl upside down without it falling out.

Step 5

Put the meringue in a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.

Step 6

Pipe out small swirls of meringue onto a tray lined with baking parchment. You should get about 24 out of the mix.

Step 7

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, then when they start to firm up turn the oven off. Leave the tray inside until the meringues are hard and crispy. They will colour slightly, but shouldn’t be too brown.

Step 8

Any leftover meringues can be stored in an airtight container for quite a while (I’ve had some stored for a couple of weeks at least).

What could I serve with this Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies?

These Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies are perfect for buffets and work really well served alongside the following;

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How do you know when these Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies are cooked?

You should cook these Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies for 4 – 5 minutes or until they are starting to colour and crisp.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep these Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies in the fridge?

Make sure to refrigerate these Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep them in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

You can make the lemon curd in advance and store in the fridge for a few days and the mini meringues can also be made in advance and stored in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.

Can I freeze these Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies?

No, we don’t recommend freezing these Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies.

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Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies

These slimming friendly Bite Size Lemon Meringue Pies will satisfy your sweet tooth whether you are counting calories or following a weight loss plan like Weight Watchers
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    5 MINS
  • KCals 32
  • Carbs 2G
WW Points
  • 1 Green
  • 0 Blue
  • 0 Purple

Ingredients

For the Pies

  • 2 slices wholemeal bread we used an 800g, medium sliced, wholmeal loaf cut into 12 discs
  • 12 tsp lemon curd this can be made up in advance and stored in the fridge
  • 12 homemade mini meringues you can use shop bought ones but remember to add the calories/Points

For the Lemon Curd - This can be made in advance a kept in the fridge for a few days

  • 3 tbsp granulated sweetener
  • 1 lemon juice and zest
  • 2 large eggs
  • 55 g quark optional

For the Mini Merginues - can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container for ages

  • 1 egg white only
  • 2 tbsp granulated sweetener

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Instructions

To make the Pies
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C
  2. Remove the crusts from the bread, then roll each slice out so they are 2mm thick
  3. Cut out 12 discs of bread.
  4. Spray the tin with low calorie cooking spray and push the discs of bread in the holes to make little cups. You'll have to press firmly as they'll probably bounce back
  5. Spray again with the low calorie cooking spray and place in the oven for 4-5 minutes until they are starting to colour and crisp. Allow to cool
  6. Fill each case with some cold lemon curd. You'll need about 1 teaspoons in each case, but you can as much as you want
  7. Top each one with a mini meringue and serve
To make the Lemon Curd
  1. Place the grated lemon rind and sweetener into a bowl In another bowl, whisk the lemon juice and eggs together, then pour the mixture over the sweetener
  2. Place the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water, stirring frequently until thickened (it should take around 5-8 mins)
  3. Allow to cool slightly, and then mix in the quark / fromage frais, whisking until smooth
  4. Allow to cool, before storing in the fridge
To make the Mini Meringues
  1. Pre heat the oven to 100°C
  2. Make sure your bowl and whisks are clean and dry
  3. Whisk the egg white until it forms soft peaks. You will need an electric whisk for this
  4. Continue whisking and add the sweetener a little at a time until it has dissolved. The meringue needs to be at stiff peak stage, so you should be able to hold the bowl upside down without it falling out
  5. Put the meringue in a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle
  6. Pipe out small swirls of meringue onto a tray lined with baking parchment. You should get about 24 out of the mix
  7. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, then when they start to firm up turn the oven off. Leave the tray inside until the meringues are hard and crispy. They will colour slightly, but shouldn't be too brown
  8. Any leftover meringues can be stored in an airtight container for quite a while (I've had some stored for a couple of weeks at least)

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Jackie DaviesSaturday 30th May 2020

I did this today but it tasted awful, really eggy. like the white of a fired egg.

Where did i go wrong?

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    SharonWednesday 3rd June 2020

    Hi Jackie, sorry to hear you were disappointed with this recipe. Was it the lemon curd filling or the meringue that you had the problem with? Let us know and we’ll try to help you with the problem. Thanks for getting in touch.

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