Thursday, February 26, 2009

Barefoot Bloggers: Meringues Chantilly

The second recipe for the Barefoot Bloggers this month was chosen by Rebecca of Ezra Pound Cake. I mixed up the recipes and thought this was first so I suspect this is already up even though I moved the posting date out after it posted. I only realized it when I looked at other peoples' postings and wondered why they did the meatballs and spaghetti. Oops. Oh well.

Anyway.....The recipe she chose is Meringues Chantilly. Doesn't that sound fancy?

Now, Meringues Chantilly is just a fancy name. They are pretty much just big macaroons with whipped cream. Those are so much less intimidating. I've made macaroons. And I've made whipped cream.

They are quite easy to make. They take a bit of power to beat up the egg whites and then the cream but that's what the mixer is for. Really. I would not advise making this by hand. I've done angel food cake with a bowl and a whisk before. I wouldn't recommend it. Unless you really want a shoulder work out. On one shoulder. Or you are more coordinate than me and can whisk with both hands. Even if you don't have a pretty Kitchenaid stand mixer and don't want to shell out the money, at least get a hand mixer.

But now that I have a stand mixer which makes these a piece of cake. Just let the mixer go, come back in a couple minutes and just watch it from there. Just don't go away for too long. Or if you are me, clean up a bit. Somehow my counters end up covered in stuff constantly. So put stuff away and wash dishes. Don't go do a load of laundry or you'll have some sweet butter.

Strawberries aren't exactly in season yet. I opted to make a raspberry sauce and to top it with that rather than the strawberries. And that's just for the ones I had at home. The rest went to work. They would turn to mush if they were assembled and whipped cream and raspberry sauce won't make it to work very well. So I just took the meringues. They were a good sugar fix to help get through a morning meeting.


Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Mmm that looks very similar to Pavlova which is one of my favourite desserts. Delicious!

Suzie said...

Looks very good - I really liked these too.

Anonymous said...

I made some homemade mayonnaise recently and whisked it by hand - that was a real arm workout! Your desserts look nice.

BMK said...

Beautiful job. Glad you liked. Just an FYI, the spaghetti and meatballs were chosen by Ezra. I chose this one!

Tonya @ What's On My Plate said...

"Now, Meringues Chantilly is just a fancy name. They are pretty much just big macaroons with whipped cream."

So true! and definitely less intimidating.