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Strawberry Chocolate Meringue

 Strawberry Chocolate Meringue
This special-occasion dessert is impressive and elegant. Strawberries are my family's favorite fruit, and they go great with chocolate. -Mary Lou Smarsh, Laurel, Montana
8-10 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 45 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups whole fresh strawberries
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons shortening

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for
  • 30 minutes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Trace a 9-in.
  • circle on paper.
  • Beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla on medium speed
  • until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a
  • time, until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Fold in
  • almonds.

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Strawberry Chocolate Meringue (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Spoon meringue evenly over circle, forming a 1-1/4-in. rim. Bake at
  • 300° for 45 minutes. Turn oven off; leave meringue in oven for 1
  • hour.
  • Remove from the oven and cool on baking sheets. When cooled
  • completely, remove meringues from paper and store in an airtight
  • container at room temperature.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Beat
  • in the cocoa, milk and vanilla. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon into
  • the meringue shell. Top with strawberries.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth.
  • Drizzle over berries. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 323 calories, 17 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 57 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.