Friday, March 13, 2009

Meringues Chantilly

Meringues Chantilly
Gregg Fry


6 extra - large egg whites, at room temperature
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
Kosher salt
1 cups granulated sugar
½ cup granulated sugar (keep sugars separated by measurement)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Whipped Cream with Orange Liqueur (optional), recipe follows
Stewed berries, recipe follows
Lemon for zest garnish


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

Whipped Cream with Orange Liqueur:

2 cups cold heavy cream
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon orange liqueur (optional you can use 1/4 tsp orange extract instead)

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

Yield: 4 cups

Stewed Berries:

1 half-pint fresh blueberries
3 half-pints fresh raspberries, divided
¼ cup water
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon orange zest
2 teaspoons Framboise (raspberry brandy, optional)

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

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