Meringue is not difficult to make, and this fresh-tasting dessert makes them well worth the time involved!

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Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
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Directions

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  • The night before serving, adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 500 degrees.

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  • Line a lipped cookie sheet (approximately 12 by 18 inches) with parchment paper. Trace two side-by-side rectangles - about 5 inches by 12 or 13 inches - on the paper. Crumple the paper, then smooth it out again and line the bottom of the pan.

  • Whisk together confectioner's sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.

  • In the bowl of a mixer, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until they turn from foamy to white and beaters just start to leave a trail. On low speed, add sugar mixture, a heaping tablespoon at a time. Increase speed to medium-high and beat to the consistency of marshmallow cream, 2 to 3 minutes longer.

  • Just before forming meringues, flick water onto parchment with fingertips. Divide meringue in half, spooning two or three mounds down each traced rectangle. Use a rubber spatula, or a cake decorator's metal offset spatula, to fill in and even out rectangles.

  • Set meringues in oven, close door and turn oven off (but leave oven light on). Let meringues dry overnight. Remove, then carefully set a wire rack or cookie sheet over meringues. Invert; peel off parchment and turn right side up. (It's OK if edges chip.) Wrap in foil and set aside until ready to proceed.

  • No more than two hours before serving, whip cream to soft peaks, beating in remaining sugar and the vanilla. Set one meringue on a platter. Spread with half the cream and sprinkle on half the berries. Repeat with remaining meringue, cream and berries. Refrigerate, uncovered, until ready to serve.

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Copyright 2004 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts

283 calories; protein 2.7g 5% DV; carbohydrates 29.7g 10% DV; fat 17.8g 27% DV; cholesterol 65.2mg 22% DV; sodium 40.6mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2004
This was the hit of the desserts at last year's Christmas dinner. I am back to reprint this wonderful recipe! The meringue is nice and chewy. The whipped cream and berries is the perfect addition to it! I had requests to make it again! I should've made 2 last year! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2004
This was the hit of the desserts at last year's Christmas dinner. I am back to reprint this wonderful recipe! The meringue is nice and chewy. The whipped cream and berries is the perfect addition to it! I had requests to make it again! I should've made 2 last year! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2005
i have made this desert using a similar recipe from one of my mothers old cookbooks. Its delicious and a huge success at dinner parties! Its so easy to make! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2005
I used strawberries instead of rasberries because I remember having something similar as a child made with sliced sweetened strawberries. It turned out great though the juicier strawberries made it pretty messy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2007
I made this 2 days ago and served it today at our Christmas dinner and it was a HIT! I think it tastes better when it sits at least one day. I served with a sprig of mint and frozen mixed berries. Looked beautiful and tasted great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2010
Made three 8" rounds and used strawberries instead of raspberries. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2008
This has become our Mother's Day special Dessert. It is delicious light and fresh and easy to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2007
I made this recipe and it went over beautifully! Added a few drops of red food colouring to turn the meringues pink. Also made a raspberry coulis to pour over it. I'll make this again for sure. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2013
I made this for my husband's birthday and he said it was the best dessert he's ever had! It almost tasted better the second day. I drizzled it with some semi-sweet chocolate (warmed up in the microwave) and it looked beautiful and tasted amazing. I used raspberries and blueberries but next time I'll add strawberries and maybe even bananas. The meringue was so easy to make I loved that part! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2015
My new favourite recipe!!! Read More