Tuscan Meringues With Berries

Crisp, sweet meringue cups are a perfect foil for sweet berries and cream in this great spring dessert recipe. This is a dessert that is really quite easy to make and is very elegant to serve when entertaining or for special holidays. I honestly haven’t made this special treat myself for a few years and then I “rediscovered” the recipe when I started to go through some of my old recipes that didn’t make it onto my blog when it went through the latest redesign. I have fallen in love with this recipe once again however, and it is on the top of my list of potential desserts for this year’s Easter menu.

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 2012

Tuscan Meringues With Berries

These crisp meringue nests are filled with sweetened whipped cream and topped with fresh berries.

Ingredients:

Meringue Shell:

  • 5 Egg Whites
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Berries:

  • Three Cups Mixed Fresh Berries, Cleaned
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar

Filling:

  • 1 (8oz) Container Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Grand Marnier

Directions:

  1. For the meringue, preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with the cream of tarter until they are foamy.
  4. Begin to add the granulated sugar, a spoonful at a time, then add the cinnamon.
  5. Continue to beat until the meringue is very glossy and forms stiff peaks. (You may choose to make one large meringue or individual ones at this point.)
  6. To make individual meringues, spread about 1/2-cup of the meringue into a 3-inch circle on the parchment paper.
  7. Adding a little more of the egg white mixture, and using a spatula, shape a rim around the edges.
  8. Continue to make more of the meringue shells, spacing evenly across the baking sheet.
  9. To make one larger shell, make in the same manner.
  10. Bake for about 1-1/2 hours or until firm to the touch.
  11. Turn off the oven, but leave the meringue shells in the warm oven for another hour, then cool completely.
  12. To make the berries and filling, mix the cleaned berries with the sugar and let sit for at least 2 hours.
  13. Prepare the cream by whipping with the sugar until firm peaks form.
  14. Fold in the Grand Marnier and a teaspoon or two of the berry juices, and refrigerate.
  15. To assemble, plate an individual meringue on each plate, top with some of the whipped cream mixture, and add a couple of spoonfuls of the berries on top.