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Meringues for Valentine's Day


I just love making meringues and pavlovas.  This is a simple dessert that is calorie friendly.  I used some of the Apple Quintessence that I purchased at Flavours of the World with the strawberries.  Just a quick note - remember this rule for best volume 'eggs should be at room temperature and cream should be as cold as possible'.


4 large egg whites
1/4 t cream of tartar
1 c superfine sugar
1/2 t vanilla

Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.  Add the cream of tartar and gradually add the sugar as you continue to beat to hard peak stage.  Add vanilla just before finishing.

Mound on parchment lined baking sheets and make an indentation in the middle with a spoon.  Bake at 200F for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.  Bake until firm and dry but not browned.  Turn off the oven and let them sit over night.

Fill with any fruit of your choice.

This is a picture of my Valentine!  Doesn't she look good with her new hair cut and winter coat?


  1. I confess that I'm going to have to add making meringues to my bucket list.... never have made them before.

    Your Valentine kitty is adorable. So sweet!

  2. You have such a cute Valentine! I'm jealous! haha

    The meringue looks good with those strawberries. YUM!

  3. Yes, Mags & Memoria, Miss Sugar is the best Valentine buddy!

  4. Miss Sugar doesn't look too pleased with her little gray coat.

  5. Doesn't she have the grumpiest look on her face, Pam! Actually she wears it quite willingly. I was surprised. Last night, I left it on all night. She never tries to wriggle out. She just has that grumpy look about her!

  6. OOh now I want to know what apple quintessence is???? I have never made a pavlova... but it looks so good!!! Happy Valentines Day!!!

  7. Oh, Miss Sugar is adorable. But it seems like her sweater should be pink! I make meringue kisses for my dearly beloved all the time; he thinks he's one lucky guy. Imagine if I did it this way and gave him strawberries!!

  8. lostpastremembered - you are a sponge for all things interesting! I put the link on the post. It is from Quebec and is pure fresh apples reduced, reduced, reduced. It is truly like balsamic. Good both sweet and savoury.

    Marjie - I almost bought blue, to match her eyes! I think I'll make the next one. This was for a little dog and their body proportions are a little different. I am amazed that a guy likes meringues. That's great - it is easy to please him!

  9. Delicious dessert and very adorable Valentine pal!
    Happy Valentine's Day! xoxoxo

  10. Meringues and pavlovas are always good! This version looks just great especially when I am feeling fried with the extra hot weather today!!!

  11. That looks so yummy and Sugar looks so sweet in her little outfit! GG and I loved the photo.

    Happy Valentine's Day to you both and Happy Chinese New Year - I might have to do a take out today!


  12. Yes, JJ, it is Chinese New Year! I wonder why no one else thought of that! Everything on Foodgawker and Tastespotting is focusing on Valentine's Day. I should have stopped for Chinese food when I was in town for church today. I have a chicken in the oven with root veggies.

  13. This post made me smile :)

  14. Your meringues look amazing. I'm so impressed that they didn't crack. It was the perfect Valentine's dessert.

  15. My Beavie would love your cat! I teach in Edmonton - Foods right now, but English Literature for most of my 30 years! Can't wait for my time to have more time!
    Nice reading you!

  16. I hope Beavie is another cat! My Miss Sugar is well named - such an alpha baby that the whole universe revolves around her! What a small world. Edt is just a hop and skip away.


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