Sunshine Meringues

Hello Readers!

Cold weather and grey skies got you down? I have just the solution:

Admittedly not the best picture, but hey - It tastes delicious!

Admittedly not the best picture, but hey – It tastes delicious!

Sunshine Meringues!

Now, I’m not much for frilly names and froufrou titles (unless it’s the band), but I really think “sunshine” describes these treats perfectly.

So, what are they?

Simply meringues filled with pineapple curd! It’s an excellent use for the curd and the egg whites left over when making it. It’s light and crispy on the outside and creamy and tart on the inside – perfect for parties or just dessert.

Meringues are very simple to make. You just have to make sure it’s just egg whites with no yolk, or the meringue won’t form properly.

The pineapple curd recipe is from Alaska From Scratch, and boy, is it amazing!

Onward!

First, make your nests. Make one recipe basic meringue and place it in a pastry bag. You can also use a plastic bag with the corner cut off. I like using a pastry tip, too, but you don’t have to.

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Next, pipe out circles on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Make sure to make them solid circles. Pipe another circle on top of each one, leaving the center open.

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Bake for one and a half hours at 275°F. Turn the oven off and let them stay in the oven another hour with the door closed. Remove and keep of the cookie sheets for another two hours before filling.

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While the meringues are baking,prep your pineapple curd. I used canned pineapple for this, but if you have a fresh pineapple use that!

In the bowl of a blender or a food processor, puree pineapple until you get a texture you like. Toss it into a saucepan. Over low heat and cook until bubbling.

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Whisk together egg yolks, sugar, corn starch, and salt. Temper the mixture with small amounts of the hot pineapple puree, whisking to keep the egg yolks from curdling. Once tempered, whisk into the remaining pineapple puree.

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Cook mixture until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Transfer to clean storage jars.

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Once the meringue nests have cooled, use a pastry bag or a spoon to fill the centers with pineapple curd. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Sunshine Meringues

Ingredients

1 recipe Pineapple Curd

1 Recipe Basic Meringue

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 275°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Transfer meringue to a pastry bag. Pipe out circles onto the parchment paper. To form the nest walls, pipe a second layer of circles on top, making sure to leave the center open.
  3. Bake for 1 ½ hours, then turn the oven off.  Keep meringues in the oven another hour with the door closed. Cool on cookie sheets another 2 hours.
  4. Using a spoon or pastry bag, fill nests with pineapple curd. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Enjoy!

Pineapple Curd

Ingredients

1 c Pineapple Puree

1/3 c Sugar

3 Egg Yolks

2 Tbsp Corn Starch

2 Tbsp Butter

Pinch Salt

Procedure:

  1. Heat pineapple curd in a large saucepan until bubbling.
  2. Whisk together egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Temper and whisk into the pineapple puree. Heat until it comes to a boil and remove from heat.
  3. Stir in butter.
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Cranberry Curd

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Winter has arrived in Minnesota! Well, more slammed into us then arrived – I got back from Seattle late Sunday and woke up to snow on Monday. That’s what we get in exchange for such a beautiful fall. Oh well – winter has its perks too. And I missed most of last winter while I was in South Korea, so I’m excited for this one.

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Like cranberries!

I love cranberries – their color, their taste, everything about them. Did you know that they actually get less sweet as they ripen? Or that a good cranberry bounces if you drop it? Cool stuff, right?

Now, the first thing that pops into my head when I think cranberry is, well, cranberry sauce. But it isn’t Thanksgiving yet, and I wanted something different. Then I stumbled across it – cranberry curd! Simple, Delicious, and beautiful – Maybe I’ll make a big batch for the holidays!

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Curds are some of my favorite things to make – easy, fast, and delicious! This recipe is one I found on Kitchen Confidante. I’m classifying this as an “in progress recipe” for me, so expect an update later this winter.

Onward!

First prepare the cranberries. Combine them with water in a large saucepan over medium heat and allow to cook until the cranberries have popped.

While the cranberries are cooking, combine your eggs and sugar and whisk until light yellow. Set aside.

After the cranberries have popped, you’ll need to strain them. I used an old fashioned apple sauce strainer and a wooden pestle, but you could use a conventional strainer with small holes or cheese cloth if you’re really patient. Make sure to scrape the outside of the strainer to get as much of the puree off as possible.

Transfer the puree back into your saucepan and place over medium heat. Once it starts bubbling, use a spoon to transfer a small amount to the egg mixture and whisk quickly to combine. Keep whisking so the eggs don’t cook – this is called tempering. Repeat until the eggs are warm.

Combine the egg mixture with the cranberry puree and whisk quickly together. Keep whisking until the curd starts to thicken. It’s ready for the next step when it coats the back of a wooden spoon.

Once the curd has thickened, remove from heat and stir in the butter. Transfer to whatever container you want to store it in and enjoy!

Cranberry Curd 2

Cranberry Curd
Ingredients:
3 c Fresh or Frozen Cranberries (about one bag)
¾ c Water
4 Egg yolks
2 Whole Eggs
1 c Sugar
2 Tbsp Turbinado Sugar
6 Tbsp Butter

Procedure:
1.Combine water and cranberries in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cover and let cook until cranberries pop.
2.While cranberries are cooking, combine egg yolks, eggs, and sugars. Whisk until pale yellow.
3.Once cranberries have popped, pour them into a strainer over a large bowl. Use a rubber scraper or a pestle to push as much of the cranberry puree through the strainer as possible. Discard leftover skins and seeds and transfer puree back to saucepan.
4.Bring cranberry puree back up to temperature.
5.Add a spoonful of hot cranberry puree to egg mixture and whisk vigorously to prevent the eggs from cooking. Repeat until eggs are tempered and add the mixture to the saucepan.
6.Cook over medium heat until the curd coats the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
7.Pour into jars and refrigerate, freeze, or can.
8.Enjoy!