Lemon Balm and Blackberry Meringues

For a light and fresh dessert, these sweet meringues fit the bill. This meringue recipe combines fresh blackberries with chopped lemon balm for a fruity and flavorful dessert.

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Bake: 30 mins 300°F
  • Stand: 1 hr

Lemon Balm and Blackberry Meringues

Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; draw eight 3-inch circles on the parchment.
  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a large bowl beat egg whites, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, and the cream of tartar with a mixer on medium until soft peaks form (tips curl). Add 1 cup sugar, a tablespoon at a time, beating on high until very stiff peaks form (tips stand straight) and sugar is almost dissolved. Fold in 2 Tbsp. finely chopped lemon balm. Spread or pipe meringue over circles on paper, building up sides to form shells.
  3. Bake 30 minutes. Turn oven off; let meringues dry in oven with door closed at least 1 hour (do not open door). Remove meringues from oven; peel off paper.
  4. In a medium bowl beat the heavy cream, sour cream, 2 Tbsp. sugar, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla with a mixer on medium until soft peaks form. Fold in 2 Tbsp. chopped lemon balm. Spread evenly in the meringue shells. If desired, drizzle with mashed blackberries; top with whole blackberries and, if desired, additional lemon balm leaves.

From the Test Kitchen

*Tip

Separate egg whites from yolks when egg are cold (right from the refrigerator). Place the whites in a large bowl and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Places the yolks in a tightly covered container and store in the refrigerator for another use.

**Tip

To mash blackberries, place ripe blackberries in a bowl, sprinkle with a little sugar, and coarsely mash berries with a fork.

To Make Ahead

Bake meringue shells as directed. Place in an airtight container and store at room temperature up to 24 hours or freeze up to 2 weeks.

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Nutrition Facts (Lemon Balm and Blackberry Meringues)

  • Per serving:
  • 252 kcal ,
  • 13 g fat
  • (8 g sat. fat ,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 3 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 41 mg chol. ,
  • 33 mg sodium ,
  • 32 g carb. ,
  • 1 g fiber ,
  • 31 g sugar ,
  • 3 g pro.
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