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Raspberry Custard Meringue

Whenever I serve this meringue at a dinner, I can count on one thing—hearing a few husbands asking their wives to make sure to get the recipe!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • MERINGUE:
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • CUSTARD:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 to 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 quart fresh raspberries

Directions

  • For meringue, place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • Beat the egg whites, vanilla, salt and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Fold in nuts.
  • To form crust, place meringue mixture on parchment; spread in a 14-in. diameter circle (or in several smaller circles for individual servings). Bake at 275° for 1 hour; turn off heat and leave meringue in oven for at least 1 hour longer.
  • Remove from the oven and cool on baking sheets. When cooled completely, remove meringue from parchment.
  • For custard, in a large saucepan, combine sugar and flour. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir for 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; gently stir in the butter, vanilla and salt.
  • Pour into bowl; cover with plastic wrap and cool completely. (Can be made on the day before use.)
  • Just before serving, beat cream and sweeten to taste. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Spoon custard mixture on meringue; top with whipped cream and fresh berries. Drizzle with chocolate mixture.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 481 calories, 29g fat (13g saturated fat), 120mg cholesterol, 258mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein.
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