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Meringues with Fresh Strawberries and Chocolate Mascarpone

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 6 servings

Ingredients

  • Meringues:
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Chocolate Mascarpone:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon fat-free milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Strawberries:
  • 3 1/2 cups quartered small strawberries (about 1 1/2 quarts)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Mint sprigs (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 211
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 7 g
  • satfat 3.6 g
  • monofat 1.5 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 3 g
  • carbohydrate 35.9 g
  • fiber 2.5 g
  • cholesterol 18 mg
  • iron 0.5 mg
  • sodium 28 mg
  • calcium 32 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 225°.

  2. To prepare meringues, cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Draw 6 (4-inch) circles on paper. Turn paper over; secure with masking tape. Place egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form (do not underbeat). Divide egg white mixture evenly among 6 drawn circles on baking sheet; spread to fill the circles using the back of a spoon.

  3. Bake at 225° for 1 1/2 hours. Turn oven off; cool meringues in closed oven for 30 minutes. Carefully remove meringues from paper. Cool completely. (Meringues can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.)

  4. To prepare chocolate mascarpone, sift together 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar and cocoa. Combine mascarpone, milk, and vanilla in a small bowl; stir just until combined. Stir in cocoa mixture.

  5. To prepare strawberries, toss berries with 1/4 cup sugar; let stand 15 minutes.

  6. Place 1 meringue on each of 6 plates; spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons mascarpone mixture on top of each meringue. Top each serving with about 1/2 cup strawberry mixture. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.