Someone at Nalle's house had a birthday. I am not allowed to say who. It was a significant number, but I'm not allowed to mention that either (it rhymes with flirty). :) Anyhoo, for this unnamed birthday person, I made this cake/dessert.
We call it a marshmallow meringue because it is soft throughout. It doesn't have that crispy/crunchiness of a traditional meringue at all. It really is a melt in your mouth treat.
It's baked on a rimmed cookie sheet and is super easy. You put it in a preheated oven, turn said oven off and forget it there overnight. I sometimes forget it altogether until I go to use my oven. I'm just a little absent-minded like that. :)
I topped our meringue with whipped cream, strawberries and blackberries. You could use any fruit really.
I serve this one already cut into square slices on a tray. Here you can see how nice and fluffy the meringue is and how much was devoured straight away.
Little Pilot had fun tasting this one. He really liked the blackberries despite his puzzled look in this photo.
Little Pilot is also practicing feeding himself using a utensil. Look at him go at this piece of marshmallow delight!
"Num-Num!" Little Pilot shouts. I lurve all that cream and berries on his face, hands, sweater and hair. Good thing it was bath night that evening! :)
6 large egg whites
1/2 tsp salt
250g sugar (about 1 1/4 cups/ 8.8 oz)
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
300 ml heavy cream
fresh fruit (such as strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc.)
Preheat oven to 220 C/425 F. Beat eggs in mixer using whisk attachment at high speed until soft peak begin to form. Gradually add sugar keeping your mixer on. Add in cream of tartar and vanilla continuing to beat mixture until stiff peaks begin to form. Spread your egg white mixture on a parchment-lined, rimmed cookie sheet. Place in the preheated oven and immediately turn off the heat. Leave in oven overnight, but do not open the door until the morning.
Just before serving, whip heavy cream until soft peaks form. Spread whipped cream over the meringue and top with fruit.