Mini meringues with strawberries and chamomile syrup. A colorful dessert, light, fragrant and refreshing. Spring on a plate.
The reason for this dessert was the recipe for the most creamy vanilla custard ice cream you’ve ever eaten. You can find the recipe here. The velvety texture of this ice cream is mainly due to the use of many yolks. So, after using my egg yolks I ended up with many egg whites. There was no other option, meringues for dessert.
The composition of the final dish was inspired by a spring stroll. Near my house there is a large area that used to be a military camp. And this area was full of wild flowers but also my favorite chamomile. What a noble flower, it always make me smile while it gives me a feeling of tranquility.
This is exactly the feeling I wanted to create with this recipe. When you see this dish, you smile, and when you taste it, you close your eyes, sit back and smile again.
The recipe for chamomile syrup follows the logic of a classic syrup. You will need some water, sugar, a few drops of lemon juice and dried chamomile. Boil and then let it cool, your syrup is ready.
Chamomile syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for a month, while in addition to this recipe can be used in others too. For instance, you can flavor a cake with it or use it in your favorite cocktail.
The recipe for mini meringues with strawberries and chamomile syrup is an easy one. Attention should be paid to the meringue. Before you begin check the following:
- egg whites should be at room temperature
- for best results, we can beat the sugar in the blender to make a powder
- first you have to beat the egg whites and then add the sugar
- In order to be sure your meringue is ready, turn the bowl upside down. The meringue should remain stable.
Meringue may also be used for making one of the most famous desserts, pavlova. You may also try and baking a large one, you just have to adjust the baking time.
While, do not hesitate to replace the strawberries with any seasonal fruit (eg cherries, peaches). Add on top some whipped cream or even a scoop of ice cream. These mini meringues are a canvas waiting for you.
Mini meringues with strawberries and chamomile syrup
For chamomile syrup
- 100 ml water
- 80 gr sugar
- juice of half a lemon
- 3 tsp dried chamomile
For the meringues
- 110 gr egg whites (about 3-4 eggs), in room temperature
- a pinch of salt
- ¾ tsp vanilla
- 200 gr granulated sugar
- fresh strawberries
- 50 gr. dark chocolate, grated
For making chamomile syrup
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the water, sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
- Remove from the heat and add the chamomile. Stir and add the lid on. Set aside for about 1 hour to infuse the syrup.
- In a clean container, strain the syrup and set aside to cool completely.
For making the meringues
- Preheat the oven to 120 °C. Line a pan with a non-stick baking paper and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl add the egg whites, salt and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form.
- Gradually add the sugar while continuing to whisk.
- Use two teaspoons to make the small meringues or a pastry bag.
- Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- Place the meringues on a large platter. If we want some, we break them into smaller pieces with our fingers.
- Add the strawberries on top, whole or cut into pieces.
- Drizzle with chamomile syrup and sprinkle with grated dark chocolate.
Mini meringues with strawberries and chamomile syrup. A very easy recipe, as long as you know when your meringue is ready. All you have to do is turn the bowl over to find out.
Do not hesitate to replace the strawberries with any seasonal fruit (eg cherries, peaches). Add on top some whipped cream or even a scoop of ice cream. These mini meringues are a canvas waiting for you.
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