Meringue with drunken strawberries & pepper

22 Dec

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This recipe is perfect for Christmas and I’ll tell you why:

It combines a few different building blocks which means you can adjust the quantity to suit numbers.

It allows you to make the elements in advance and assemble just before serving, meaning less stress and more chat.

If guests don’t like strawberries they can just have the meringue. Or vice versa.

The colours are reminiscent of Christmas.

It is easy – let’s face it, by December, when Chrissy get-togethers are in full swing, you need something that doesn’t require hours in the kitchen using every utensil you own.

IMG_0022The more rustic the presentation, the better – you can totally whack this on a plate after several cocktails and no-one will be complain about the plating up.

I combined two different recipes to create this lovely and festive dessert.

I used a meringue recipe I found on Nigella Lawson’s website and it worked perfectly.

3 large egg whites

175 grams caster sugar

1 pinch good quality salt

Pre-heat the oven to 140C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

In bowl of electric mixer with whisk attached beat egg whites and salt for 1 minute, then increase the speed to medium and whisk for another 2-3 minutes, until stiff peaks form. With mixer still running add sugar a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is stiff and glossy.

Using a large metal spoon, place freeform shapes on to the baking tray.

Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the meringues are pale and dry. Turn off the oven and allow the meringues to cool in the oven with the door slightly ajar.

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The drunken strawberries recipe came from taste.com.au:

1 punnet of strawberries, roughly chopped and hulled

2 tablespoons Cointreau

Freshly ground black pepper to taste – I went very light on this so Miss7 wouldn’t complain

Thickened whipped cream, to serve

In a ceramic bowl gently mix strawberries with Cointreau and allow to macerate overnight in fridge.

To serve place meringue on serving platter on plate, top with the drunken strawberries, grind some black pepper on top then add whipped thickened cream.

Enjoy.

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31 Responses to “Meringue with drunken strawberries & pepper”

  1. ladyredspecs December 22, 2014 at 4:08 am #

    Great minds think alike! I’m going with a similar idea, macadamia meringue, mango and coconut yoghurt. It’s all ready to go except for peeling and slicing the mango. Have a happy Christmas Mrs.H

    • thehungrymum December 24, 2014 at 2:55 am #

      Oooh, the Hungry Dad would be all over your version! He loves mango. Hope your CHrissy is wonderful 🙂

  2. Feast Wisely December 22, 2014 at 5:21 am #

    Love thay the presentation should be rustic – makes for a stress-free dessert!

    • thehungrymum December 24, 2014 at 2:58 am #

      I’m all bout rustic #lazy Hope your Christmas is fab.

  3. trixpin December 22, 2014 at 9:41 am #

    Yummy! It’s hard to beat meringues and cream, and those shiny drunken strawberries look very tempting!

    • thehungrymum December 24, 2014 at 2:59 am #

      I’ll tell you a secret – I’m not actually a fan of meringue! Scandal! Everyone else in the world does so I never have trouble offloading it!

      • trixpin December 24, 2014 at 9:11 am #

        Oh no! How dare you! 😉

        Actually, I only really like it when it’s smothered in cream (and fruit also helps) … oh it’s all coming out now. It’s like Meringue Dislikers Anonymous. Some kind of therapy session to vent our disappointments and frustrations with the crunchy egg sugar. Ergh, that sounds gross …

        Ha ha, no. I love the look of your recipe, but I love it more because you’ve added cream and drunken strawberries 🙂

  4. Margot @ Gather and Graze December 22, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    I’ve been craving a pavlova-esque dessert lately… lovely to see I’m not the only one! Perfect for Christmas day! I think I’ll follow your lead on this one. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and the HM family!

    • thehungrymum December 23, 2014 at 7:25 am #

      And a lovely Chrissy to you and yours too Margot 🙂 This is a perfect sweet for the big day as it is light and simple.

  5. chefceaser December 22, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

  6. Michael's Woodcraft December 22, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    Delicious!! Love this a lot… Merry Christmas!

    • thehungrymum December 23, 2014 at 7:26 am #

      thanks so much! Hope your Christmas is super!

  7. strawberrymintsays December 22, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    Sounds divine and looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Choc Chip Uru December 23, 2014 at 4:25 am #

    Meringue and strawberries and booze? My ultimate christmas treat 😀

    Happy Holidays!
    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum December 30, 2014 at 1:25 am #

      Yep, a boozy dessert is a good dessert! Hope your Chrissy was fab x

  9. vegeTARAian December 23, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    A boozy dessert? What an excellent way to finish a meal 😉

    • thehungrymum December 24, 2014 at 3:00 am #

      Boozy is a given at this time of year 😉

  10. Liz December 24, 2014 at 5:42 am #

    lovely 🙂 Love when the spirits show up in sweets! You done good here. Meringues rock.

    • thehungrymum December 30, 2014 at 1:27 am #

      Aww, ta Liz! A bit of alcohol makes everything better 🙂

  11. Tiffany @ Triple Crème Decadence December 26, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    I love the combination of flavors you have here! This dessert sounds refreshing and elegant!

    • thehungrymum December 30, 2014 at 1:28 am #

      Thanks Tiffany – it is a bit of a classic combo reduxed 🙂

  12. yummyinsidemytummy December 29, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    Looks divine!

  13. Priscilla @ foodpornnation.com January 2, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    What a great simple recipe! I also love to douse my strawberries w balsamic vinegar and some caster sugar. Sounds weird but it works!

    • thehungrymum January 3, 2015 at 5:04 am #

      Aren’t strawberries incredible? More versatile than we give them credit for 🙂

  14. DesignsbyJeanneR January 2, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

    This would be a lovely treat when we have a “girl’s day” luncheon. Can’t wait!

    • thehungrymum January 3, 2015 at 5:03 am #

      you’re right – it would be the perfect ending to a ladies lunch! Enjoy 🙂

  15. Frugal Hausfrau January 9, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

    These look wonderful! Traveling put me a bit behind in checking in and I’m always trying to think of a way to use up the whites of eggs! Happy belated New Years!

    • thehungrymum January 10, 2015 at 5:25 am #

      Oh, was wondering why you’d been so quiet! Happy NY to you too 🙂 Hope your Xmas was fab x

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