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|
|2 large||egg whites (1/2 cup)|
|1/4 tsp.||cream of tartar|
|3 cups||fresh blackberries (for frozen, see notes)|
|1/2 cups||whipping cream|
|fresh mint, sprigs|
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Turn oven off and leave meringues in oven until cool, about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
- 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.
- 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.
- Set meringues on plates. Top equally with berry mixture and whipped cream. Garnish with mint.
|Amount per serving
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 9g||14%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||25%|
|Total Carbohydrate 49g||16%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||16%|
|Includes Added Sugars|
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.