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"lemon Meringue" Pudding Recipe

History of Lemon Meringue Pudding:

Lemon meringue pudding is a classic dessert that has been enjoyed by many for generations. Its origins can be traced back to the 19th century, where lemon-based desserts gained popularity in Europe. It is believed that the combination of sweet and tangy flavors in lemon meringue pudding was inspired by lemon tart recipes.

The dessert became particularly popular during the Victorian era, where it was served at elegant dinner parties and tea gatherings. Lemon meringue pudding quickly became a staple in British and American households, as its simple yet delightful flavors captured the hearts of many.

Fun Facts about Lemon Meringue Pudding:
- Lemon meringue pudding is often confused with lemon meringue pie. While they share some similarities, such as the use of lemon flavor and a meringue topping, lemon meringue pudding has a creamy, custard-like texture, whereas lemon meringue pie has a more solid, pie-like consistency.
- The addition of bread crumbs in the pudding helps to give it a thickened texture and also makes it a great way to use up leftover bread.
- Lemon meringue pudding can be served warm or chilled, depending on personal preference. Some people enjoy it warm, straight out of the oven, while others prefer it chilled after some time in the refrigerator.
- The meringue topping on the pudding gives it a light and airy texture, as well as an attractive golden-brown color once it is baked.

Now, let's dive into the recipe for Lemon Meringue Pudding:

Ingredients:
- 1 pint of milk
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- Juice and grated rind of one lemon
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup of butter
- 3 tablespoonfuls of pulverized sugar (used for top)

Instructions:
1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a buttered pudding dish and set it aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, soak the bread crumbs in milk and let them sit for a few minutes to soften.
3. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until well combined.
4. Add the yolks of eggs to the butter and sugar mixture and continue beating until smooth.
5. Stir in the soaked bread crumbs and grated lemon rind, ensuring that everything is evenly incorporated.
6. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into the mixture using a strainer to catch any seeds or pulp. Stir well to combine.
7. Pour the pudding mixture into the prepared pudding dish and spread it out evenly.
8. Bake the pudding in the preheated oven for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until it is firm and set.
9. While the pudding is baking, prepare the meringue topping. In a clean mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
10. Gradually add the pulverized sugar, continuing to beat until the mixture is glossy and holds its shape.
11. Once the pudding is baked, remove it from the oven and spread the meringue evenly over the top, making sure to cover the entire surface.
12. Return the pudding to the oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the meringue is lightly browned.
13. Once done, remove the pudding from the oven and let it cool slightly. For best results, place it in the refrigerator to chill before serving.
14. When ready to serve, cut the lemon meringue pudding into slices and enjoy its creamy, tangy goodness!

Similar Recipe Dishes:
If you enjoy the delightful combination of lemon and meringue, you might also like to try other lemon-based desserts such as Lemon Bars, Lemon Meringue Tart, or even a classic Lemon Meringue Pie. These desserts all showcase the refreshing tartness of lemons paired with the sweet, fluffy meringue toppings.

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