Cocoa Meringue Shells with Glazed Fresh Fruits

Cocoa Meringue Shells with Glazed Fresh Fruits

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • 3

    large egg whites (at room temperature)

  • ½

    teaspoon vanilla extract

  • teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ½

    cup sugar

  • 2

    tablespoons sifted unsweetened cocoa

  • Pastry Cream (recipe follows)

  • 8

    orange sections

  • ½

    cup thinly sliced peeled kiwifruit

  • ¼

    cup blueberries

  • 1

    tablespoon currant jelly melted

  • 2

    teaspoons unsweetened cocoa (optional)

  • PASTRY CREAM

  • 1

    cup 1% low-fat milk

  • 3

    tablespoons sugar

  • 4

    teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1

    large egg

  • ½

    teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 225º. Place parchment paper over a large baking sheet. Draw 8 (3-inch) circles on parchment paper. Turn parchment paper over, and secure with masking tape. Beat egg whites, vanilla, and cream of tartar at high speed of a mixer until foamy. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form (do not underbeat). Fold 2 tablespoons cocoa into mixture. Divide 1/2 cup egg white mixture evenly among the 8 drawn circles. Using the back of a spoon, shape egg white mixture into nests with 1-inch sides. Bake at 225º for 1 1/2 hours or until dry. Turn oven off; let meringues cool in oven at least 12 hours. Carefully remove meringue nests from paper. Fill each meringue with Pastry Cream; top with fruit. Gently brush fruit with jelly. Sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon cocoa over each serving, if desired. Serving Size: 1 meringue, 2 tablespoons pastry cream, 1 orange section, 1 kiwi slice, 1 1/2 teaspoons blueberries ____________________ To Make Pastry Cream: Combine all ingredients except vanilla in top of a double boiler; cook over simmering water 8 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour into a bowl; cover surface of cream with plastic wrap. Chill. Yield: 1 cup


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