Ina First Fridays: Meringues Chantilly with Roasted Berries

Welcome once again to Ina First Fridays! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend.
This Ina Friday selection is a dessert....Ina does
the best desserts, don't you agree? This particular recipe is a great summer treat....I made it last summer (!), but never posted it. You have two choices for serving: you can use freshly whipped cream with a touch of sugar, vanilla and orange liqueur, or vanilla ice cream. I've served it both ways, but ice cream is simpler as you don't have the extra step of whipping the cream. On the other hand, whipped cream kind of offsets the sweetness of the meringue; it's pictured it here with whipped cream.

Meringues Chantilly with Roasted Berries
From Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa, 2008

Ingredients for meringues:
4 extra - large egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Pinch kosher salt
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

(Recipe for roasted berries follows)

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a small glass and a pencil, draw 4 (3 1/2-inch) circles on each piece of paper. Turn the paper face down on the baking sheets.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt on high speed until frothy. Add 2/3 cup of the sugar and continue beating on high speed until the egg whites form very stiff peaks. Whisk in the vanilla. Carefully fold the remaining 1/3 cup sugar into the meringue. With a large star - shaped pastry tip, pipe a disk of meringue inside each circle. Pipe another layer around the edge to form the sides of the shells.
Bake for 2 hours, or until the meringues are dry and crisp but not browned. Turn off the heat and allow the meringues to sit in the oven for 4 hours or overnight.
Makes 8 meringues.
For serving, place each meringue on a separate plate, top with whipped cream or ice cream and add the berries.

Roasted Berries

1 pint fresh strawberries
2 half-pints fresh raspberries
2 half-pints fresh blueberries
2 half-pints fresh blackberries
(I added some black cherries I had left over)
1/4 cup sugar
Vanilla bean, split and seeds removed


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Place the strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries on a sheet pan and toss with the sugar and vanilla bean seeds. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. 
Cool to room temperature before serving.

Whipped Cream with Orange Liqueur

2 cups cold whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier

Whip the cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. When it starts to thicken, add the sugar, vanilla and orange liqueur and continue to whip until the cream forms fairly stiff peaks. (Don't overbeat!)


Ina Fridays participants:

Nancy from mypicadillo.com  
Veronica from mycatholickitchen.com
Ansh from spiceroots.com  


  1. A berry delicious dessert, Barbara.

  2. Exquisite! I love the fact that the berries have been roasted.



  3. A very sophisticated looking dessert. Love everything Ina makes.

  4. I was not aware of Ina First Fridays. Great idea and beautiful dessert.

  5. Just looking at that dessert made me laugh, because I'm remembering that episode of "Barefoot Contessa" where her (adorable) gay friend T.R. decides he's going to make these for dessert but he doesn't read the recipe closely and is horrified when he reads the words "2 hours or overnight." Out of time, he rushes to Loaves and Fishes to purchase contraband meringues. And yes, I watch too much t.v.

  6. Great Job! I love I Barefoots Meringue Chantilly! You picked a great one for Ina Friday.

  7. I adore Ina, but not meringues. I am curious about roasted berries though!

  8. ROASTED berries. . . so much I don't know!

  9. Is there anything more summery and sophisticated? How cool! Love the idea of roasting berries.
    Enjoy your holiday weekend.

  10. The whole roasted berry thing has me hooked now!

  11. Yours turned out beautiful. Thanks for sharing on Ina Fridays. I'm really looking forward to more excuses to use her recipes. I do adore her.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

  12. A classy and delicious turned out so right :D
    Love the berries!

    Choc Chip Uru

  13. How cool to roast the berries - I'll bet the flavor is amazing!

  14. I've never made a meringue before but they do seem like they would pair perfect with summer's berries! How delicious.

  15. Oh so berry yummy! I agree. Ina does do the best desserts!

  16. oh you are speaking my language in the berries....this sounds really yummy...smiles....hope you had a great 4th

  17. I love this recipe, although I make it with fresh berries. It's one of my favourite desserts!

  18. Sounds devilishly divine.

  19. This looks great Barbara...especially with the roasted strawberries.
    Hope you are having a great weekend :D

  20. I'm a huge fan of Ina desserts and YOU Barbara, have just sent me into roasted berry meringue heaven, Chantilly and all!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  21. You have Berries you have Liquor, what is not to like. Love the dessert.

  22. You do have a knack for picking the best recipes. This is certainly one. Nice and cooling in this heat.

  23. This must taste so delicious with the roasted berries and cherries! What a beautiful dessert and would be lovely for red, white and blue theme.

  24. What a lovely 4th of July dessert. You are so right, Ina does delicious desserts and this is no exception. Love the idea of roasting the berries for extra sweetness!

  25. ina does know her fancy entertaining-worthy desserts! this is a show-stopper. :)

  26. Wow. I have never roasted berries (or cherries!) and Lord knows, I've roasted plenty of other fruits and veggies. I'll have to try that.

    This reminds me of a Pavlova.



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