Feb 4
2013

Almond Meringue Recipe with Raspberry Sorbet

Almond Meringue Recipe with Raspberry Sorbet by Cookin' Canuck #dessert #ValentinesDay #recipe
A low-fat dessert recipe for Valentine’s Day: Almond Meringue with Raspberry Sorbet.

Talk about going from one extreme to the next. Just as we flip the channel from a screenful of men dressed in heaving padding and beating the tar out of each other, then we find it’s time to start talking about pink hearts, roses and Valentine’s Day dinners for our loved ones. (Check out my boys’ 6-second tribute to the Super Bowl – turn on the sound by click on the speaker icon at the bottom left of the video. Maybe I can convince them to do a something a little more sensitive for Valentine’s Day. Uh-huh.)

Perhaps this dichotomy in our personalities is what keeps us sane and somewhat interesting. Whatever the reason, I think that most of us can agree that we like to indulge in a sweet treat once in awhile, and that making a special dessert for our loved ones is one way to express our affection on Valentine’s Day. Or any day, for that matter.

This is a dessert I’ve made for a long time. In fact, I grew up eating meringue cookies, filled with chocolate chips or crystallized ginger, from my grandmother’s kitchen. They look fancy, but all they require is some whipped, sugared egg whites and a little patience (they bake slowly in the oven). The beauty is that they can be made the day ahead. This recipe makes six meringues, studded with nutty toasted almonds, but only calls for two of them. The extra meringues can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.

If raspberry sorbet isn’t your thing (though it makes a pretty presentation for Valentine’s Day), then replace it with your favorite flavor of sorbet. Using sorbet, rather than ice cream, cuts down on the calorie and fat count significantly. If you prefer to make your own sorbet, try this Easy Strawberry Sorbet Recipe.

The recipe:

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F.

In a medium skillet set over medium heat, toast the almonds until light golden brown. Transfer to a cutting board and coarsely chop.

Draw 6 circles on parchment paper, using a 4-inch circle cutter or rim of a glass. Flip over the parchment paper and place it on a large baking sheet.

Place the egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of a mixer. Using the whisk attachment (or a hand mixer), mix on high speed until the eggs are foamy. Continue to mix on high speed while gradually adding the sugar. Whip until the egg whites form stiff peaks. Do not underbeat.

Almond Meringue Recipe with Raspberry Sorbet by Cookin' Canuck #dessert #ValentinesDay #recipe

Beat in the lemon juice and vanilla extract. Fold in all but 2 tablespoons of the toasted almonds.

Scoop even portions of the egg white mixture onto the 6 circles. Use the back of a spoon to spread the egg whites to the edge of each circle. Put the baking sheets in the oven. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, then turn off the oven and leave the meringues in the oven for an additional 30 minutes.

Almond Meringue Recipe with Raspberry Sorbet by Cookin' Canuck #dessert #ValentinesDay #recipe

Gently peel the meringues off of the parchment. Cool completely and put 4 of the meringues in an airtight container and freeze for a future use.

Almond Meringue Recipe with Raspberry Sorbet by Cookin' Canuck #dessert #ValentinesDay #recipe

Place 2 meringues on plates, top each with half of the raspberry sorbet. Sprinkle with the remaining chopped almonds and serve.

Other recipe for Valentine’s Day:

Valentine's Recipes
Cookin’ Canuck’s Puff Pastry “Ravioli” with Gingersnap Mascarpone
Cookin’ Canuck’s Silky Shrimp Bisque with Sherry
I Am Baker’s Valentine Ring Cupcakes
Sugar & Cloth’s Heart Shaped Donuts
Beard & Bonnet’s Small Batch Potato Chips for Valentine’s Day

Almond Meringue Recipe with Raspberry Sorbet
 
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From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Serves 2
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (1/4 pint) raspberry sorbet
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F.
  2. In a medium skillet set over medium heat, toast the almonds until light golden brown. Transfer to a cutting board and coarsely chop.
  3. Draw 6 circles on parchment paper, using a 4-inch circle cutter or rim of a glass. Flip over the parchment paper and place it on a large baking sheet.
  4. Place the egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of a mixer. Using the whisk attachment (or a hand mixer), mix on high speed until the eggs are foamy. Continue to mix on high speed while gradually adding the sugar. Whip until the egg whites form stiff peaks. Do not underbeat.
  5. Beat in the lemon juice and vanilla extract. Fold in all but 2 tablespoons of the toasted almonds.
  6. Scoop even portions of the egg white mixture onto the 6 circles. Use the back of a spoon to spread the egg whites to the edge of each circle. Put the baking sheets in the oven. Bake for 1½ hours, then turn off the oven and leave the meringues in the oven for an additional 30 minutes. Gently peel the meringues off of the parchment. Cool completely and put 4 of the meringues in an airtight container and freeze for a future use.
  7. Place 2 meringues on plates, top each with half of the raspberry sorbet. Sprinkle with the remaining chopped almonds and serve.
Notes
Calories 192 / Total Fat 5.4g / Saturated Fat 0.4g / Cholesterol 5.0mg / Total Carbohydrates 33g / Fiber 2.3g / Sugars 32.7g / Protein 4.4g / WW (Old Points) 4 / WW (Points+) 5
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 meringue + ¼ cup sorbet Calories: 192 cal Fat: Total 5.4g / Saturated Fat 0.4g

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 bellini February 4, 2013 at 5:55 am

It tastes so decadent it is hard to believe that it is low in calories. Perfect for Valentines Day.

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2 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch February 4, 2013 at 6:08 am

Such a great recipe, Dara! Love this!

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3 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious February 4, 2013 at 7:35 am

It’s been forever since I made meringues, these look great!!

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4 megan @ whatmegansmaking February 4, 2013 at 8:19 am

I’ve never made meringues before – they look so fun! Love this idea :)

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5 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen February 4, 2013 at 8:37 am

What an elegant dessert!

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6 Zazogki April 1, 2013 at 7:46 am

noticed, but I’ve been on a serious sugar binge as of late (examples here, here & here). Each afnootern, I find myself craving something sweet and I almost always give in without a

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7 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

So pretty and festive!

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8 Holly February 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

I made raspberry sorbet last week and I think these meringue would be the perfect partner with it. It elevates the dessert into something special.

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9 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet February 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

I love these little meringue nests! Adorable!

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10 Carla @ Carlas Confections February 4, 2013 at 10:33 am

I really love meringues too. I love this cookie version, and that sorbet looks so delicious!

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11 claire @ the realistic nutritionist February 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

Such a gorgeous dessert Dara!!

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12 Aggie February 4, 2013 at 11:42 am

I absolutely love meringues, and have always been intimidated to make my own. You make it look pretty darn easy Dara! Beautiful!

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13 DessertForTwo February 4, 2013 at 11:52 am

I’m almost positive this should be scaled down to serve two. I’m off to work on it! :)

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14 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) February 4, 2013 at 12:06 pm

This does indeed serve two. The meringue recipe makes six meringues, but I mention that four of them should be set aside (frozen) for a later time.

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15 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Such a pretty dessert, Dara! I love meringues and the raspberry sorbet is gorgeous!

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16 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts February 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Your boys are a hoot–is the pencil you used to draw the circles yours alone because you’re the girl?

My spouse loves few sweets but he does like raspberry sorbet–I’ll add this to my list of desserts he may like.

Thanks, Dara!

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17 Deborah February 4, 2013 at 2:24 pm

First of all, your boys are too cute! And this looks amazing! The perfect Valentine’s Day dessert!

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18 Brianna February 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Oooooo….this looks delish! I have been hunting for healthy Valentine’s Day desserts for my hubby. … this goes on the list!

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19 Jenna February 5, 2013 at 6:57 am

These are si beautiful! Ive actually never had meringue. Ive always been put off by it but these make me want to try it really bad

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20 Jen @ Savory Simple February 5, 2013 at 7:20 am

Just beautiful

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21 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction February 5, 2013 at 8:37 am

What a gorgeous Valentine’s Day dessert!

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22 Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife February 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Love this for Valentine’s Day! So pretty!

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23 Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen February 5, 2013 at 7:12 pm

This looks like a wonderful Valentine’s Day dessert! Plus, I just had some delicious raspberries and now I can’t get them out of my head.

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24 Annalise February 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Love everything about this! I think meringues are very highly underrated. I definitely should make them more often.

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25 justin February 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm

They say the way to anyone’s heart is via their stomach. :) What immediately came to my mind looking at the pictures was the gift I’m gonna give to my girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. I’ve made a private booking for one of the courses organized by Zac’s cooking school here in Vancouver – cooking classes for couples and this recipe will most certainly be among the first ones we’ll try together. So it fits in perfectly with my romantic plans. :)

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