Meringues and Mixed Berry Compote

Inspired by these beauties I saw in Borough Market in London, I decided to try making meringues. I started with two egg whites. According to everything I’ve read about meringues, the whites have to be 100% yoke free to shape up correctly, so separate carefully.

I whipped the whites until they formed peaks, then added a half cup of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract and continued whipping until stiff and glossy.

Then I spooned the mixture onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.

Meringues need to be baked for a long time at a low temperature. The lowest setting on my oven is 250° so I baked them at that temperature for about 1 hour and 20 minutes until they sounded hollow when I tapped them.

To make the compote, I started with a simple syrup from 1/4 water and 1/2 cup sugar, then added 1 pound of chopped strawberries and 1 pint of blueberries.

I boiled the berries until they cooked down to a thick sauce and let cool for a few minutes before serving.


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