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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted
  • FILLING:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons whole 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. 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 323 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 57mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.
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