Monday, June 29, 2009

Roasted strawberry meringues

Roasted strawberry meringues / Suspiros com morangos assados

Strawberries are in season here now and I have a loooong list of recipes to make with them – it’s been my favorite fruit even since I was a kid. My mom used to make a wonderful strawberry tart and I loved it so much she would make it all winter long.

I can’t wait to try making my mom’s tart, but these meringues looked so pretty on the magazine I had to start my strawberry frenzy with them.

Roasted strawberry meringues / Suspiros com morangos assados

Roasted strawberry meringues
from Donna Hay magazine

150ml (about 4) egg whites
1 cup (200g) caster sugar
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 cup (240ml) whipping cream, to serve
1 tablespoon icing sugar

Roasted strawberries:
16 strawberries, hulled and halved
1/3 cup (67g) caster sugar

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF. To make the roasted strawberries, place them in a small baking dish (do not use a shallow dish because the juices will bubble away in the oven) and sprinkle with the sugar. Mix well and roast for 10-15 minutes or until the strawberries are soft and syrupy. Remove and set aside.

Reduce the oven temperature to 120ºC/250ºF. Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until stiff peaks form. Gradually add the sugar and vinegar and beat until the mixture is thick and glossy - rub a little of the mixture between your fingertips; when you no longer feel the sugar granules, the mixture is ready.
Place spoonfuls of the meringue onto two large baking sheets lined with non-stick baking paper - I used regular baking paper. Using the back of a teaspoon, make a dent in the center to create a nest and bake for 25 minutes* or until the meringues are crisp on the outside. Turn the oven off and allow the meringues to cool in the oven for 30 minutes.
Place the cream and icing sugar in a bowl and beat until firm peaks form.
To serve, spoon the roasted strawberries into the center of each meringue and top with the cream.

* I halved the recipe, made 6-7cm meringue rounds and ended up with 8 meringues, that were baked for 55 minutes

Makes 30-35

Roasted strawberry meringues / Suspiros com morangos assados

20 comments:

Snooky doodle said...

what a nice dessert. Roasted strawberries sound fantastic :)

culinography said...

These look beautiful! I *love* strawberry season!

Manggy said...

I actually think meringues can be too sweet, but the pairing with tart, juicy strawberries does a good job of balancing it out. Looks soo pretty too! :)

Deborah said...

I love meringues, love strawberries - these are wonderful!

KJ said...

I'm so jealous. I have nothing but apples and oranges to look forward to for months. I would love to chomp into something like this.

Pam said...

I stored aways some strawberries in the freezer until I could decide what to do with them. This is it!

So pretty!

Katerina said...

All hail strawberry season.

Aimée said...

My ideal dessert! I love that you roasted the berries.
Almost too pretty to eat, but not quite. ;)

Abby said...

So pretty. Little clouds! And the white and red together is gorgeous.

Carolyn Jung said...

The ultimate girly dessert! So pretty looking.

eatme_delicious said...

Ooo do those look good! I love the sound of roasted strawberries.

Risa said...

This sounds like an incredible dessert!

Donna-FFW said...

Roasted strawberries are something Ive never tried. They look so delicious, I have to do it!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Natalie, I loved these strawberries, they tasted amazing!
Tks!

Michelle, I love it, too! :D
Thank you!

Mark, you are absolutely right - the balance here makes it so good. Tks!

Deb, thank you, sweetie!

KJ, I don't understand why we have strawberries here in the winter while everyone else gets them in the summer... :S
Apples and oranges are great, darling!

Pam, I think you'd like these, dear!
Tks!

Katerina, I could not agree more. :)
Tks for visiting!

Aimée, my dear, don't hesitate. ;)
xx

Abby, I love these two colors combined, too!
Tks!

Carolyn, thank you for stopping by!

Ashley, they turned out so good out of the oven I could not believe it. :D
Tks!

Risa, thank you!

Donna, it was my first time, too - and I think they were great!
I hope you like it!

Miakoda said...

Gorgeous! I always imagined meringues were clouds floating around in a white sky- when they're perfectly done, they're so light and airy. These look like strawberry filled clouds! :)

foodcreate said...

Amazing! Love this Meringues they look so Tasty ..

Thanks for sharing your recipe:)


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gine said...

lol :-) ... I'm totally a mess when it comes to meringues ^^ ... anyway yours look great and so like summer, so I'll try it with this recipe tonight ^^ ... XOXO

anna said...

Ooh, what a tasty combination! I really need to try roasting strawberries sometime - perhaps as a base for an ice cream or frozen yogurt...hmmm...

Julia @ Mélanger said...

Beautiful. It's like a little mini pavlova! :)

Dayna said...

I haven't been by in so long. Why? Why?? This just seems so unbelievably amazing I have to try.
Why don"t you live closer???

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