When life gives you lemons, you skip the main meal and move straight onto dessert. Sweet, tangy and oh so pretty—lemon meringue pies tick all the right boxes. Whether you’re in the mood for a deconstructed delight, or can’t go past the classic, these dishes are worth getting a little pie in the face.
Give in to temptation and embrace that sugar high with 12 of Perth's best lemon meringue pies.
Lemon Yuzu Meringue Tart | La Belle Sweets
The clever chefs at La Belle Sweets have come up with a sweet twist on the classic. Lemon and yuzu (a Japanese citrus fruit) are combined to create the tangy filling, then layered with raspberry jam in a crispy tart shell. It’s topped off with soft meringue. Tuck into an individual serving or order an eight-inch tart to make your friends very happy.
Lemon Cream Tart | Chu Bakery
It may be missing the meringue, but Chu’s lemon cream tart is too cute to leave off the list. The tart shell is filled to the brim with a custardy lemon curd and topped with a squiggle of Chantilly cream and lemon rind. It’s the ultimate sweet treat for a picnic across the road in Hyde Park.
Coconut & Lemon Curd Cupcakes | Sherbet Cafe & Bake Shop
These cupcakes from the good folks at Sherbet are cute as pie. Filled with lemon curd and topped with meringue, they get the balance of sweet and tangy just right. Settle down with a coffee and see if you can resist licking your fingers.
Lemon Meringue Tart | Maison Saint-Honoŕe
Leave it to the French to serve up the perfect tart. These delectable beauties are handmade with biscuit tart shells, filled with a tangy lemon curd and topped with authentic Italian meringue. This Swan Valley patisserie is located in an old winery, so order a glass of French wine and tuck in.
Lemon Thyme | Measure Dessert Bar
Deconstructed and delicious—this dessert may not be a tart, but it’s still guaranteed to satisfy your longing for lemon meringue. The creative dish from Measure Dessert Bar is inspired by a lemon meringue tart, with small bites of thyme sable, preserved lemon curd gelato, Italian meringue and a lemon cream and limoncello jelly.
Lemon Meringue Tart | Garnished The Sweet Kitchen
With vanilla shortcrust pastry, lemon curd and torched Swiss meringue, this classic tart from Garnished is an absolute joy. The perfectly piped meringue is topped with dehydrated meringue shards and meringue cherry blossoms. It’s almost too pretty to eat—but when you do, you’ll devour every last crumb.
Lemon Meringue Tart | Sugar and Nice
Don’t be a lemon—get down to Sugar and Nice in Inglewood and enjoy their lovely lemon meringue tarts. Vanilla and white chocolate tart shells are filled with house made lemon curd and topped with torched vanilla Swiss meringue. You’ll be hard pressed to resist seconds when you see their mouth-watering selection of baked goods (especially the cronuts).
Lemon Meringue Pie | The Raw Kitchen
Yes, even vegans can enjoy this one. It’s similar in taste to a lemon meringue pie but with no naughty ingredients—it’s raw, gluten free and has no refined sugar. Don’t expect the fluffy meringue, but it’s still delish, made from cashews, coconut, almonds, lemon and dates.
Broken Tart | Nic and Kolo
This is one good-looking dish from Nic & Kolo. Garnished with flowers and beautifully arranged, you’ll be very pleased with your plate. It has Italian meringue, lemon curd, dehydrated apple and citrus gel.
Lemon Meringue Tartelette | Chez Jean Claude
Subiaco & West Leederville
This Swiss bakery has stood in Subi for 20 years, and for good reason. Their lemon meringue tartlets are some of Perth’s best, with lemon curd on a shortcrust base with a swirl of meringue. Other lemony treats include their lemon tartlet and infused lemon cake.
Lemon Meringue Pie | Baker St Cottesloe
It’s easy as pie to eat this in one sitting. The folks at Baker Street make this classic lemon meringue pie by hand. They also make great coffee—so settle down for a cuppa when you drop in.
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Baker St Cottesloe | Image credit: Elle Borgward