February 18, 2013

Meringue-kissed Strawberries

Have you ever been stuck for dessert ideas? Or ran out of time to think about dessert for your guests? Here's a simple little dessert that only has 3 ingredients and can be so fun to whip up!
  1. Egg whites
  2. Caster Sugar
  3. Strawberries
If you follow the general rule of 50gm of caster sugar per egg, you should be fine. Whip up your basic meringue* and dip your strawberries into the meringue mixture. The more messily dipped the better because once you bring out the blow torch, this will highlight the dairy-whipped look for your strawberries! Use a kitchen blow torch to effectively shade and caramelise your meringue, have fun :)
{Dammit... couldn't get a cool flame pic!}
I made way too much meringue for one chip of strawberries in this post (3 egg whites worth...whoops). So....if you have left over meringue:
  • Preheat your oven to 150degrees Celsius
  • Spoon small spoonfuls to make little mounds on a baking sheet (or just simply pipe out your mixture)
  • Stick them in the oven and quickly turn the oven temp down to 100degrees. 
  • Leave the meringue in there to bake for 1.5 hours or until the meringues are crisp and sound hollow when you pick them up. 
  • Turn the oven off and let the meringue babies cool in there while you entertain your guests!
Meringues can keep for almost a month in an airtight container.. potentially a back up dessert!

*Tips for a good meringue:
  • Make sure you're not doing this on a super humid day,otherwise your meringue will "weep"
  • Ensure your whisk and bowl is free of grease and water before whipping up your egg whites. If you're not sure whether this is the case, then wipe your equipment with a bit of lemon juice and a paper towel
  • Be patient with spooning the sugar into the whisked egg white! Do it tablespoon by tablespoon after each one has dissolved into the stiff eggwhite!
  • If you like your final meringue a bit stiffer, add a small pinch of salt or cream of tartar whilst whipping :) 
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4 comments so far

  1. When can I invite myself to try all of these little treasures ?? :)) The pics are amazing xxxx

  2. Soon soon lady!! Need to round up the ladies for a girl arvo! X
    Some of these pics were photographed by Mr Lee ;)

  3. oooooh. This is as cool as it is dangerous. I wonder if that would work on raspberries... Yummy goodness.

    1. Ooh yeh Raspberries! Meringue would be perfect to sweeten up the tartness of Raspberries.... Maybe need to turn the blow torch down a bit though cos you wouldn't wanna melt the poor babies ;) or maybe skewer up three raspberries at a time?


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