Meringues with Sweet Strawberries

This is an Ina recipe, and that means, you really can’t go wrong. How easy is that?

Light, sweet, and fruity – this dessert is sensational and really perfect with Spring’s fresh fruit. I used only strawberries, which I macerated with sugar and lemon for an hour or so before serving, but I would suggest doing Ina’s full out method I outlined below which will give you some gorgeously roasted berries to top your baked meringues with.

Also, this is sort of nit-picky, but Ina’s original recipe is called ‘Meringue Chantilly’, but from what I understand, chantilly is a dessert which includes sweetened whipped cream, and this does not (although that would be a great addition). This is why I left the word out of my recipe below. I’d love to be contradicted though if I’m wrong, so please let me know!

Enjoy!

Meringues with Sweet Strawberries

Recipe adapted from The Barefoot Contessa 

Ingredients 

  • 4 extra – large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Roasted Berries, recipe follows

Directions

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a small glass and a pencil, draw 4 (3 1/2-inch) circles on each piece of paper. Turn the paper face down on the baking sheets.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt on high speed until frothy.

Add 2/3 cup of the sugar and continue beating on high speed until the egg whites form very stiff peaks. Whisk in the vanilla. Carefully fold the remaining 1/3 cup sugar into the meringue. With a large star – shaped pastry tip, pipe a disk of meringue inside each circle. Pipe another layer around the edge to form the sides of the shells.

Bake for 2 hours, or until the meringues are dry and crisp but not browned. Turn off the heat and allow the meringues to sit in the oven for 4 hours or overnight.

For serving, place each meringue on a separate plate and top the shell with berries.

Roasted Berries:

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 2 half-pints fresh raspberries
  • 2 half-pints fresh blueberries
  • 2 half-pints fresh blackberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Vanilla bean, split and seeds removed

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Place the strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries on a sheet pan and toss with the sugar and vanilla bean seeds. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature before serving.

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