Berry Meringues

An elegant dessert with lots of fabulous textures!  I used frozen berries to make the sauce so you can make it winter, spring, summer or fall!!

Berry Meringues ~ Pearls + Girls

And…..it has arrived!  The day I have been looking forward to since Mary burned Bate’s train ticket and Rose kicked off her debutante ball by dancing with the Prince of Wales.  The Downton Abbey season 5 premiere is TONIGHT! 😀

I know I am not the only one who has secretly been pining for this momentous occasion, am I?!?!

What better way to celebrate than with a fabulous new dessert, inspired by Mrs. Patmore’s unfortunate raspberry meringue debacle in season 1 (a sprinkle of sugar salt right at the end as not to spoil the effect).  While you won’t find a mere pinch of salt in my berry meringues, you WILL find lots of textures:  crispy meringues, fluffy sweetened whipped cream, silky berry sauce….YUM!  I’m sure Lady Grantham wouldn’t approve of licking the bowl, but I hereby give you permission to do just that.  I’ll even provide extra napkins if necessary.  Enjoy! 🙂

Berry Meringues

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

    Meringues
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Berry Sauce
  • 10 oz. bag frozen berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries or strawberries)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • squeeze of lime juice
  • Sweetened Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 TBSP powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced

Instructions

    Meringues
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the egg whites to stiff peaks.
  3. On medium speed, add the sugar 1 TBSP at a time until all the sugar is incorporated and the meringue mixture is smooth and shiny.
  4. Transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with a French star or round tip.
  5. Pipe meringues in 1-inch mounds about 2 inches apart onto two Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets.
  6. Bake for two hours, then turn off the oven and leave meringues in the oven for an additional hour.
  7. Meringues should be firm to the touch and lightly browned.
  8. Berry Sauce
  9. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, bring the berries, water and sugar to a boil.
  10. Using a fork, smash berries to help them release their juices.
  11. Strain the sauce through a mesh sieve.
  12. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  13. Sweetened Whipped Cream
  14. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat whipping cream until it forms soft peaks.
  15. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla, mix to incorporate.
  16. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  17. Assemble the meringues:
  18. The meringues could be assembled on a large serving platter or in individual glass bowls.
  19. Place a layer of meringue cookies on the bottom of the platter or in each glass bowl.
  20. Top with whipped cream and berries.
  21. Drizzle generously with the berry sauce.
  22. Repeat with the remaining meringues, whipped cream, berries and sauce.
  23. Serve immediately.
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Comments

    • KatieKatie says

      Thanks, Anita! I love that frozen berries allow me to indulge in a dessert like this in January. 🙂