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Desserts


Meringue Cloud with Strawberries Serves 6


• 2 tbsp. pine nuts or slivered almonds


• 6 c. strawberries, hulled and halved


• ¼ c. orange juice or orange-flavored liqueur


• ½ c. sugar • 3 large egg whites • ¼ tsp. cream of tartar • 1 tbsp. powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 500° F.


Spread nuts in a small, dry frying pan. Stir gently over medium heat until nuts turn golden brown.


In a large bowl, mix strawberries with orange juice or liqueur and 1–2 tbsp. sugar (or to taste). Pour into an oven-proof 2-qt. casserole dish.


In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar with electric mixer on high speed until foamy. Gradually add 6 tbsp. sugar. Continue to beat just until whites hold stiff, moist peaks. Mound meringue over center of strawberries.


Sprinkle nuts over meringue. Siſt powdered sugar over meringue. Bake just until meringue is lightly colored, about 4 minutes. Serve at once.


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