Happy Monday, Everyone! Today we are making Blueberry Swirled Meringues.
I hope your week is off to a great start and that, like me, you’re settling into daylight saving time. I noticed that quite a few folks on social media were kind of cranky about the time change. I’m one of those people who greets it with open arms. I love the extra hour of sunlight in the evening. Plus, setting the clocks forward always reminds that spring is just around the corner.
In addition to the time change, it’s been sunny with blue skies here all weekend, so I’m definitely feeling a little spring in my step. I even saw my first robin of the year! I suppose it was all of these elements that inspired me to make these Blueberry Swirled Meringues.
They are a delightful dessert for the spring or summer. Not only are they light, but they are bursting with fresh flavor and a touch of sweetness.
In case you’ve never made meringues, let me assure you they’re much easier than you may think. While they don’t take a lot of effort, they do require a bit of time to bake. I recommend baking the meringues a day in advance and making the whipped topping and blueberry sauce right before serving.
Meringues are just eggs whites, cream of tartar, sugar, and flavoring. With this recipe, we’re adding a swirl of blueberry preserves. This addition to the meringues gives a subtle hint of flavor and a beautiful touch of color. Pretty, right?
The meringues are baked at a low temperature for a quite a while. This cooks the eggs whites and dries the meringue so you’re left with a light and crunchy treat.
Topped with homemade whipped cream and a lemon-infused blueberry sauce, the combination of flavors and texture is perfect. Everything works in harmony. Just one bite, and you’ll know what I mean.
Plus, I think this dessert looks fancy and impressive. Your guests will marvel at your baking skills.
If, like me, you’re more than ready to celebrate spring, give this recipe for Blueberry Swirled Meringues a try!
Here's what you will need:
3/4 cup blueberry preserves
6 egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
Fresh blueberries for garnish, optional
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Begin by preheating your oven to 250 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
Add the blueberry preserves to a heat-proof bowl and microwave for 30-45 seconds. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Discard the solids.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla extract, and salt on medium speed until soft peaks form. Add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff, glossy peaks form. This will take about 5 minutes.
Drizzle about one-quarter of the preserves onto the prepared meringue mixture in a zig-zag pattern. Using a large spoon, scoop 2 portions of the meringue mixture (about 1/3 cup each) onto the prepared baking sheet. (The jam with naturally swirl into the mixture as you do this.) Make an indentation in the center. Repeat this process adding more preserves to the meringue mixture as needed. You should be able to make 12 meringues in total.
Bake for about 90 minutes or until the outsides form a crust. Turn the oven off and prop open the door with a wooden spoon. Let the meringues sit for 1-2 hours. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
In the meantime, prepare the whipped cream. Beat together the heavy whipping cream and confectioners' sugar with an electric mixer on high speed for 1-2 minutes until medium peaks form.
To prepare the blueberry sauce, mix the blueberries, sugar, salt, cornstarch, and fresh lemon juice together in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook 3-4 minutes, stirring often until several of the blueberries start to pop. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Cool completely before serving.
To serve, fill each meringue with whipped cream and top with blueberry sauce. Garnish with fresh blueberries, if deserved. Serve immediately.
I love this recipe served with blueberries, but you could certainly use blackberries or raspberries if you like those better.
No matter how you make it, these Blueberry Swirled Meringues are a winner. Have a fantastic week, dear friends!
Looking for more sweet treats? Check out all of my dessert recipes here.