Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Stylist: Emma Star Jensen
Prep and Cook Time
2 Hours 15 Mins
Cool Time
1 Hour
Serves 6

From Jenn Louis, chef at Portland's Lincoln and Sunshine Tavern restaurants, these nut meringues topped with marmalade-like conserva and crème fraîche are irresistible (the dessert's Italian name, brutti ma buoni, means "ugly but good"). For crisp meringues, bake them on a dry day.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 300°. Beat egg whites with a mixer on high speed until frothy. Beat in sugar, adding 1 tbsp. every 20 to 30 seconds, until meringue holds firm peaks when beaters are lifted. Beat in 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract and the cinnamon. Fold in all the nuts. Scoop meringue into 6 mounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 2

Bake meringues 30 minutes. Reduce oven to 200° and bake until meringues are firm and crisp, 1 1/4 hours more. Turn off oven; let meringues sit at least 1 hour or overnight.

Step 3

Beat cream with remaining 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract in a bowl until thick. Fold in crème fraîche and spoon into 6 shallow bowls. Set a meringue on each and spoon conserva on top.

Step 4

Make ahead: For meringues, up to 5 days, stored airtight at room temperature.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving with 1/3 cup conserva.

Lincoln and Sunshine Tavern restaurants, Portland

Ratings & Reviews

DesieM's Review

February 14, 2014
I made this last night for my family and they had seconds! I modified this by mixing the whipping cream with fat free fromage blanc and a little sugar, and I made a strawberry puree with a little jam for sweetness that I put it on the bottom of the plate so it wouldn't be so white. I made the meringues heart-shaped since this was for Valentine's day.