Lemon Pudding with Strawberries and Meringue Cigars

180 mins (prep 45)
11 ingredients
makes 8 servings
This sublime lemon dessert is the perfect antidote to all those chocolate bunnies and chocolate-stuffed eggs proliferating at Easter like, well…rabbits. It helps that our pudding is simple to make, too. A seriously tart lemon curd—quickly cooked on top of the stove—is folded into sweetened whipped cream, which both tempers the tang and lightens the dessert with a suave silkiness. Crisp, airy wisps of meringue, lightly sprinkled with chopped pistachios and easily shaped and baked into cigars, are delightful on their own, but they're surprisingly efficient alternatives to spoons for delivering the pudding to your mouth. Editor's Note: This recipe is part of Gourmet's Modern Menu for Easter. Menu also includes Frisée, Radicchio, and Fennel Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette; and Arugula-Stuffed Leg of Lamb with Roasted Spring Vegetables; .

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  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted pistachios (preferably not roasted), finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup strained fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 pound strawberries, trimmed and halved, or quartered if large
  • special equipment: 2 large baking sheets; parchment paper; a stand mixer or a powerful handheld electric mixer; a pastry bag fitted with a plain, round 1/2-inch tip (we used wilton 1a)


Serving Size (138.0 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 323.03 Calories from Fat 122.67
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13.63g 167.76%
Saturated Fat 7.13g 285.13%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 40.52mg 108.05%
Sodium 84.98mg 28.33%
Total Carbohydrate 51.06g 136.16%
Dietary Fiber 1.71 g 54.57%
Sugars 48.3 g %
Protein 2.11g 33.77%
Vitamin A 464.57IU% Vitamin C 33.83mg%
Calcium 34.61mg% Iron 0.48mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
large egg whites, unsalted, fresh lemon zest, strained fresh lemon juice, large eggs, confectioners' sugar, sheets, or, a, special equipment, baking, plain, pastry bag, large, parchment paper