Enjoy a sweet treat with a Lemon Meringue Sundae. Tart citrus flavor plays with creamy vanilla goodness for a taste combination that will knock your socks off.
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Do you love lemon? Meringue? Ice cream? Well, you’re in for a treat. You can combine all your favorite flavors in one delicious dessert that will have your guests begging for your secret.
Lemon Meringue has always been a favorite flavor of mine. I learned how to make Lemon Meringue pie when I was ten, and the process of baking — and eating — that pie is still one of my all-time favorites. However, sometimes, you just don’t have the time or the inclination to bake a pie. I know, it happens.
When we were in England last spring, one of our favorite restaurants to visit was Zizzi. It’s an Italian chain with locations throughout Great Britain. We became regulars, wherever we went, if there was a Zizzi, we went. It was a welcome change from hotel picnics and chip shops.
My family and I pretty much have the Zizzi menu memorized. One of my favorites was the amazing Lemon Meringue Sundae. I’ve been meaning to recreate it for months. I finally did and it is just as good as I remember.
How to make this lemon meringue sundae
The Lemon Meringue Sundae is pretty easy to pull together. Layer vanilla gelato with lemon sorbet; add crushed meringues, lemon curd, and whipped cream for toppings. Zizzi uses whipped mascarpone, but how many of us really keep mascarpone on hand?
If you don’t have time to bake your own Lemon Meringue cookies, no problem, just substitute commercial, store-bought meringue cookies. I promise you this is the perfect reason to celebrate!
How to make this good and cheap:
To make this recipe more economical:
- Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. The holidays are a great time to stock up on baking ingredients. You may even find meringue cookies on clearance. Ice cream tend to go on sale fairly often especially in the summer; I usually buy several flavors at one time and stash them in the freezer. Shopping the sales is one way I save money on groceries without clipping a single coupon.
- Bake your own cookies. Meringues take basically eggs and sugar. Likely, they’re cheaper to bake at home.
- Note: it was incredibly difficult for me to find Lemon Sorbet. I only found one brand in one store. I don’t know if that’s a regional thing,
Tools I use to make this recipe easy:
Having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs. Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:
An easy lemon meringue sundae you can easily whip up for your family!
- In a martini glass or sundae dish, layer the sorbet and gelato scoops. Drizzle the lemon curd over the top.
- Crumble the cookies over the ice cream. Top with the whipped cream. Serve immediately.
- Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. The holidays are a great time to stock up on baking ingredients. You may even find meringue cookies on clearance. Ice cream tend to go on sale fairly often; I usually buy several flavors at one time and stash them in the freezer.
- Bake your own cookies. Meringues take basically eggs and sugar. Likely, they're cheaper to bake at home.
- Note: it was incredibly difficult for me to find Lemon Sorbet. I only found one brand in one store. I don't know if that's a regional thing, but snatch up whatever you find. You could also substitute another citrus sorbet for a similar flavor.