Royal Meringue

Happy 4th!

If this recipe wrings a bell, it's probably because I made something similar over the Christmas holidays with a Caramel Meringue. Same cookbook too. And I will repeat what I said then: yes, they unmold with no problem. (I didn't believe it either until I made them the first time.)
I know this presentation looks way too involved, but you can simplify any number of ways. I made it with all the bells and whistles as suggested in the cookbook, but you could simplify by crushing some berries, slice the meringue and serve just with the berries. You don't need to bother with the strawberry dip or the toasted coconut unless you want a splashy presentation. 
(BTW: that strawberry dip would be lovely served by itself, surrounded with fresh berries.)

Royal Meringue
From The Private Collection by the Junior League of Palo Alto

8 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
2 teaspoons almond flavoring
one 10 1/2 ounce package frozen strawberries. defrosted
1 cup heavy cream
1 pint fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
sprigs of mint

Preheat oven to 250.
Beat egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy. Add sugar, 3 tablespoons at a time beating until meringue stands in stiff peaks. Spoon with great care into a 10 cup ring mold. Press down on each layer to prevent air bubbles.
Place mold in a roasting pan, with 1 inch of warm water. Bake 45 minutes or until meringue is set. Remove from oven, place on a rack to cool completely. It will settle quite a bit. It can sit on the counter all day at room temperature if you wish.

Toast coconut until brown and mix with the almond flavoring. Set aside.
Puree the frozen strawberries (I used fresh, but added a little sugar) Beat the whipping cream and fold in the strawberries. Refrigerate.

To serve: Loosen the meringue by running a knife dipped in cold water around the edge. Turn it out onto a serving plate. Mine always unmold with no trouble. Place the strawberry cream in the middle and top the mold with sliced fresh fruit, then sprinkle the coconut all over. Garnish with sprigs of mint.


  1. Yes, I can definitely see how this gorgeous dessert would make a big splash at a 4th of July party.Oohs and aahs all around.

  2. Divine! This is a fabulous summer dessert.



  3. Oh, Barbara, you know how I love meringues! And they're one of my husband's favourites, too. This dessert looks fabulous!

  4. So pretty - happy 4th of July!

  5. How beautiful Barbara ! I love all with meringues!

  6. That is a gorgeous dessert, Barbara! So perfect for the 4th and as specatuclar as fireworks.

  7. Wow--that's stunning, Barbara. and I bet it's very light on the palate, too.
    Happy 4th!

  8. Perfect dessert for the 4th of July Barbara! Very festive and elegant!

  9. wow your meringue dessert looks heavenly, Barbara. Perfect for the celebration.

  10. What a gorgeous dessert! So perfect for the 4th of July!

  11. How beautiful! And sounds absolutely delicious!

  12. I haven't made or enjoyed maeringue in way too long, Barbara! Yours is definitely fit for a Queen or a 4th of July celebration! Spectacular Barbara!

    Thank you so much for sharing...and thank you again for joining the Picnic Game. Your S'more Tartlets were gone in a flash!

  13. What a wonderful meringue to celebrate the holiday :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. This one definitely calls for a celebration!

    ela h.
    Gray Apron

  15. i've been seeing lots of july 4th recipes, obviously, but this is by far the fanciest and classiest! superb creation!

  16. Wow! This will impress the neighbors...

  17. A patriotic sweet treat! Have a great 4th, Barbara!

  18. Finally, a meringue I'm tempted to make! Happy Independence Day!

  19. Happy fourth of July dear Barbara.
    I want to come to your place to have a little taste of your Royal Meringue - this looks delicious.
    Enjoy your weekend

  20. looks yummy! I bet it's delicious!
    Happy Fourth!

  21. So gorgeous! Happy 4th weekend....

  22. Barbara,
    You make the most wonderful dishes. This Meringue cake looks so delicious, and it's fit for a Royal, just like its name. It looks so moist.......and the frosting, of my! I hope you had a great Fourth of July, friend.




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