Blackberry Meringues

If you have frozen berries, thaw them in a colander over a bowl for about 1 1/2 hours. In step 5, stir the cornstarch mixture into the berry juice to thicken, then fold in thawed berries. You can make meringues up to 1 day ahead (steps 1 through 4); cool completely and store airtight. You can prepare berry mixture (step 5) up to 4 hours ahead; cover and chill.

Author:Inspired by Sunset Magazine, 2002.07
Yield:4 servings
Prep time: 00:40
Cook time: 03:30


2 large egg whites (1/2 cup)
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
2/3 cups sugar
3 cups fresh blackberries (for frozen, see notes)
1 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 cups whipping cream
 fresh mint, sprigs


  1. Line a 14x16" baking sheet with cooking parchment or buttered and floured foil. Draw four 4" circles on the parchment, spaced at least 3" apart.
  2. In a bowl, with a mixer on high speed, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.
  3. Mound mixture equally on circles and form a slight depression in the center of each with the back of a spoon, or spoon the meringue into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2"-diameter plain or star tip and pipe mixture to fill in circles completely.
  4. Bake in a 250 °F (110 °C) oven (120 °C) until meringues begin to turn pale gold and feel firm to tough, about 1 1/4 hours; switch pan position halfway through baking.
  5. Turn oven off and leave meringues in oven until cool, about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  6. Meanwhile, in a 2 to 3-quart pan, mash 1 cup berries. Mix cornstarch and 1/3 cup sugar; stir into mashed berries. Stir berry mixture over high heat until boiling. Remove from heat and let stand, stirring occasionally, until cool to touch, about 5 to 10 minutes. Fold in remaining 5 cups berries. Taste, and add more sugar if desired.
  7. Just before serving, in another bowl with a mixer on high speed, beat cream until soft peaks form. Add sugar to taste and beat until blended.
  8. Set meringues on plates. Top equally with berry mixture and whipped cream. Garnish with mint.


Nutrition Facts

4 servings per recipe

Serving size 1 serving

Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 38mg2%
Total Carbohydrate 49g16%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Total Sugars
Includes Added Sugars
Protein 3g

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrition in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.