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Apricot Meringue Kuchen

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Serves 8 to 10
Apricot Meringue Kuchen
1

Place the butter, 1/2 cup of the sugar, the salt, egg yolks, lemon zest and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until smooth.

2

Place the flour and baking powder in a small bowl and mix with your fingers. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the other mixture, pulsing each time, just until the ingredients are incorporated. Refrigerate the dough until firm, about an hour.

3

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch springform pan or pie pan with a removable bottom.

4

Turn the dough, flouring your fingers if necessary, into the pan and press it into the bottom and sides. Flute the sides. Smear the top with the apricot jam.

5

Cut the apricots in half and remove the pits. Press the apricots skin side down into the dough.

6

Place the pan on a baking sheet and bake until the kuchen is golden, 40 minutes.

7

Meanwhile, beat the egg whites on high speed until frothy, then add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until the whites form stiff peaks, 3 to 4 minutes.

8

Remove the kuchen from the oven and spoon the egg white mixture evenly over the apricots, spreading with the back of the spoon. Lower the oven to 325 degrees and bake until the top of the cake is golden, another 15 to 20 minutes.

In the following recipe, you can substitute or combine the apricots with peaches, blueberries or Italian prunes.

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