Spiced Meringues with Lemon Curd and Strawberries

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Makes: 6  servings Prep 30 mins Bake 200°F2 hrs Cool 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon  cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup  granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup  confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon  ground coriander
  • 2/3 cup  fresh lemon juice
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup  granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons  unsalted butter (no substitutions), cut up
  • 2 pints  strawberries, hulled, divided
  • 2 tablespoons  granulated sugar

Directions

Make Meringues::

1. Heat oven to 200 degree F. Grease and flour 2 cookie sheets. Cut out a paper triangle with 4-inch sides as a guide; place on cookie sheets and trace 12 triangles with finger. Set aside.

2. Sift confectioners' sugar and coriander together into bowl. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar in large bowl with electric mixer until foamy. Gradually add granulated sugar and continue beating to stiff peaks. Fold in confectioners' sugar mixture until blended.

3. Spoon meringue into pastry bag fitted with 1/2-inch plain or star tip. Pipe onto prepared triangles on cookie sheets, smoothing with spatula or cake comb if necessary. Bake 2 hours or until crisp, rotating cookie sheets once. Cool and remove from pans. Makes 1 dozen meringue triangles.

Make Lemon Curd::

4. Meanwhile, combine eggs, sugar, and lemon juice in heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon, until mixture is very thick, 20 minutes (do not boil). Remove from heat; strain through fine sieve into bowl. Stir in butter. Cover and refrigerate until cold. Makes 1-1/2 cups.

5. Process 1 pint strawberries and the sugar in blender or food processor until smooth. Slice remaining berries.

6. To serve, spoon scant 1/4 cup strawberry sauce on each of 6 dessert plates. Layer each with a meringue triangle, 1/4 cup lemon curd, and 1/4 cup sliced berries; top with remaining meringues. Makes 6 servings.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Prepare Meringues. Cool. Store in airtight container up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 6
  • cal.(kcal)415,
  • Fat, total(g)11,
  • chol.(mg)162,
  • sat. fat(g)6,
  • carb.(g)74,
  • pro.(g)7,
  • sodium(mg)82,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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