Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Meringues Chantilly

**Phew** It worked!
You see, I have never really had any problems with merangue. It always worked out perfectly, sort of. Except for last time me and Liz were bored. We were going to make these merangue cookies, that I have made countless times. I thought they were fool proof! Except they weren't. I couldn't get the merangue to a stiff peak, even though I had beaten it for like...forever. So We gave up, and tried to bake them. Lets just say that we nicknamed them "moon craters" Bleh. They were nastly. lol.

But then I watched Barefoot Contessa. I had to make these merangue things. They were just so cute and elegant! It was decided then. But, I was really scared to make the merangue, especially because it used 6 egg whites. If this dessert took a nose dive, my mom would be none to happy. But thats the perils of baking I guess. Luckily it all worked out great. I made the merangues the night ahead, because they have to sit it the oven for at least 4 hours. I thought that they looked like little bumper boats. Haha.
I was smooth sailing after that. Until a I had to get the berries. My mom flipped when she rung everything out. Berries are expensive! But it was definitly worth it! This dessert was searously good. The contrase of textures between the merange and whipped cream was awesome, and the berries balanced out everything nicely.

Meringues Chantilly

6 extra - large egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar Kosher salt

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Whipped Cream with Orange Liqueur, recipe follows

Stewed berries, recipe follows

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a small glass and a pencil, draw 6 (3 1/2-inch) circles on each piece of paper. Turn the paper face-down on the baking sheets.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar, and a large pinch of salt on medium speed until frothy. Add 1 cup of the sugar and raise the speed to high until the egg whites form very stiff peaks. Whisk in the vanilla. Carefully fold the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar into the meringue. With a large star - shaped pastry tip, pipe a disc of meringue inside each circle. Pipe another layer around the edge to form the sides of the shells.
Bake for 2 hours, or until the meringues are dry and crisp but not browned. Turn off the heat and allow the meringues to sit in the oven for 4 hours or overnight.
Spread some of the sauce from the stewed berries on each plate. Place a meringue on top and fill with whipped cream. Top with berries and serve.

Whipped Cream with Orange Liqueur:

2 cups (1 pint) cold heavy cream

2 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon orange liqueur

Whip the cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. When it starts to thicken, add the sugar, vanilla and orange liqueur and continue to whip until the cream forms stiff peaks. Don't overbeat, or you'll end up with butter!
Yield: 4 cups

Stewed berries:

1 half-pint fresh blueberries

3 half-pints fresh raspberries, divided

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon orange zest

2 teaspoons framboise (raspberry brandy)

Combine the blueberries, one-half pint of raspberries, 1/3 cup water, the sugar and zest in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook uncovered over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes. The juice will become a syrup and the berries will be slightly cooked. Off the heat, stir in the remaining raspberries and the framboise. Set aside.
Yield: 8 servings


Peter M said...

Phew, your mom didn't have to kick yer ass as the Meringue looks real classy, a lovely nest.

noble pig said...

Awesome, just adorable and yummy looking Jess.

Sharon said...

Berries are ridiculously expensive now, huh? Glad your mom let it pass through the checkout lane -- these look great. Perfect looking meringue if you ask me.

MissGinsu said...

Looks like a terrific summer dessert!

At cooking school we learned that meringues are easy to get wrong if there's any oil that gets in contact with the whites. Any yolk broken in there or any residual stickiness in the bowl can flatten whites. They made us wipe off all our tools with vinegar before whipping up our meringues or souffles.

Miss G.

Kevin said...

Those meringues look really good filled with all of those berries!

Hello, I'm Sally. said...

I just love meringues! And with berries, delicious! I haven't made meringues at home because of all the work and cooking time, and possible failure! Yours look great. Can you send me some?

Kitt said...

Drooling! I've never made meringues, though I love them so. I would eat them all.

Jill B said...

I have this vacherin recipe that sounds similar - except add chocolate!! It's a "loaf" shape, with 3 sets of layer of chocolate-shaved meringues, chocolate, whipped cream, and raspberries. Looks impressive, and surprisingly super-easy.

Your presentation is great - I like the plate!

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious! :P

Jenny said...

Yummy! The whipped cream sounds extra tasty. I wonder how orange liqueur butter would taste...?

giz said...

The meringues are adorable and fun. Er...aren't you 15? Whazzup with the liquor?

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Giz- Haha. A little never hurt anyone ; )

didally said...

Very pretty meringue. I would like mine with chocolate sauce and strawberries.

Parker said...

Looks like a nice light dessert.

Elle said...

Wow, those are gorgeous! Nice job!

Mrs. L said...

That looks absolutely wonderful! And kudos to you... I'm, er, much older and I still haven't gotten up the courage to try Meringues! Seriously, great job, those look very tasty.

Priscilla said...

wow, kudos for never giving up! looks great jessy!

Anonymous said...

yay stiff peaks at last!!
p.s.solarium on the moon
(your partner in the crime of the moon cookies)

Lori Lynn said...

You could serve those at an elegant dinner party as well as a casual lunch. Lovely!

pinknest said...

this is one of my favorite desserts. it's so elegant and easy! and the cup is the perfect little place for me to live.

RecipeGirl said...

Looks lovely dear! What a nice Mom you have for letting you pick everything out and then paying for it all :) I freak out most of the time when my stuff gets rung up too!!

Bellini Valli said...

You're several steps ahead of me Jessy..I have never personally made meringues:D

xoxoTori said...

Hey! Remember me? I sent you my link to my blog a while ago. I said I really liked your blog? Well by the way I still love it (: I was wondering if you would like to swap links. Like I'll put your link on my page and you can use mine! If you would like to do this please comment back!

-Tori (:


Joy the Baker said...

I love these meringues! they look just lovely with all those berries!

xoxoTori said...

Alright cool! I'll add your's to mine right now!
Here's the link for mine again!