Whole Meyer Lemon Meringue Bars

I’ve been working hard the last few weeks on finishing up projects, finishing book edits (my cookie book comes out October 2020!), working on posts for Breadin5, and helping my kids with distance learning (which seems like another full-time job)….

whole meyer lemon meringue bars

I’ve been working hard the last few weeks on finishing up projects, finishing book edits (my cookie book comes out October 2020!), working on posts for Breadin5, and helping my kids with distance learning (which seems like another full-time job). I haven’t had much time to bake from some of the beautiful cookbooks I received the last few months, but I finally was able to sneak in some time and made these beautiful bars from Susan Spungen’s new cookbook Open Kitchen. Susan’s book is about the “concept of ‘get-ahead cooking.’ Once you discover the joy of getting ahead, you will be come a planner even if you never were before…[c]ooking is how you learn to be a good cook. Just like everything else, cooking is a practice, so as you keep cooking you’ll find yourself getting more and more comfortable and better and better at it.”  **** A few things:  *My friends over at Pure & Clear are now offering delivery for not only their unique ice and crystal clear ice, but also from other local Minneapolis businesses. Such as! Patisserie 46 macarons, Baker’s Field flours, and MilkJam Ice Cream, along with other great local brands. They also ship nationwide.  […]

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Pecan Meringue Cookies

These light and sweet meringue cookies are made with just three ingredients: egg whites, sugar, and pecans. Great for a Passover or Easter treat. Start them the night before and let them cool slowly in the oven until morning. Continue readi…

These light and sweet meringue cookies are made with just three ingredients: egg whites, sugar, and pecans. Great for a Passover or Easter treat. Start them the night before and let them cool slowly in the oven until morning.

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Salzburger Nockerl

When I saw the cover of Alpine Cooking, before it came out, it quickly rose to the top of the list of books I needed to get my hands on. I was fortunate to get a preview when I was asked to write a quote for the book jacket, and was thrilled to find the inside of the book was even more compelling than the…

When I saw the cover of Alpine Cooking, before it came out, it quickly rose to the top of the list of books I needed to get my hands on. I was fortunate to get a preview when I was asked to write a quote for the book jacket, and was thrilled to find the inside of the book was even more compelling than the cover. While it’s hard to compete with the Matterhorn, pictures of locals contemplating a melted cheese sandwich, or a wooden châlet terrace with place settings soon to be heaped with hearty mountain fare, brought the alps right to me.

Covering Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and France, author Meredith Erickson, takes us through cheese caves, ski slopes, restaurants, fondue pots, snow-caked ski boots, and villages, that are all part of the European alps. As Meredith noted in the book, in the winter, if you’re cooking in the alps, there isn’t a lot of fresh produce available in the winter. In fact, there may not be any at all. (Those who live in winter climates, who shop their local farmers market can relate to five months of squash, potatoes, and onions.) So jam fills in.

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Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Meringue Frosting

With Thanksgiving coming up, we need some easy desserts in our lives!! I must admit that pie is not top of my list when it comes to baked goods (except for pecan pie, that is) and I know some people are averse to pie-making so these cupcakes are a perfect alternative! The batter is made using sweet potato puree (so if you actually have any leftover from thanksgiving you could also use it to make these) with pecans and chocolate chunks folded in. A cooked meringue frosting is swirled on top and torched for that gorgeous toasty look. You could even leave the torching until it’s time to serve them for a dramatic effect (although I’d be careful with that blowtorch!! Don’t want it to be dramatic for the wrong reasons). These are delicious warm from the oven (gooey, melty chocolate hello!) or at room temperature. You can even re-warm them in a low oven for about 10 minutes which will melt that chocolate again AND make the meringue on top all crispyyyyy. So good!! NOTE: this recipe was created as part of a paid instagram collaboration for Le Creuset UK. I was under no obligation to post the recipe […]

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Sweet potato cupcakes with meringue frosting on a marble background

With Thanksgiving coming up, we need some easy desserts in our lives!! I must admit that pie is not top of my list when it comes to baked goods (except for pecan pie, that is) and I know some people are averse to pie-making so these cupcakes are a perfect alternative!

Sweet potato cupcakes with meringue frosting in a muffin tin

The batter is made using sweet potato puree (so if you actually have any leftover from thanksgiving you could also use it to make these) with pecans and chocolate chunks folded in. A cooked meringue frosting is swirled on top and torched for that gorgeous toasty look. You could even leave the torching until it’s time to serve them for a dramatic effect (although I’d be careful with that blowtorch!! Don’t want it to be dramatic for the wrong reasons).

Sweet potato cupcakes with meringue frosting in a muffin tin on a marble background

These are delicious warm from the oven (gooey, melty chocolate hello!) or at room temperature. You can even re-warm them in a low oven for about 10 minutes which will melt that chocolate again AND make the meringue on top all crispyyyyy. So good!!

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Meringue Frosting

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Meringue Frosting

Yield: 12-14 cupcakes

Ingredients

Sweet potato puree:

  • 400g sweet potato, peeled

Cupcake batter:

  • 160g (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 120ml (1/2 cup) natural yoghurt (plain yogurt)
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 150g (3/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 280g (2 1/3 cups) plain white flour (all purpose flour)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1/2 tsp fine table salt
  • 100g (3.5 ounces) dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), roughly chopped
  • 100g (3.5 ounces) pecans, roughly chopped

Meringue:

  • 2 medium egg whites
  • 120g (1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp) granulated sugar

Instructions

Make the sweet potato puree:

    1. Fill a medium saucepan with a 2cm depth of water. Cut the sweet potato into roughly 5cm chunks and add them to the saucepan then place over a medium heat on the hob. Once the water begins to boil, place a lid onto the saucepan and turn the heat down to low. Allow to steam for 15-20 minutes or until the sweet potato is tender and easily pierced with a fork. Drain the steamed sweet potato and blend in a food processor or blender into a smooth puree. Set aside.

Make the cupcakes:

    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/Gas mark 4. Grease each cup of a 12 Cup Le Creuset Muffin Tray with a bit of vegetable oil using a pastry brush.
    2. In a medium bowl, mix the melted butter, yoghurt, eggs, sugar and cinnamon. Mix until smooth then weigh out 300g of the sweet potato puree and stir in. Next, add the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Stir gently until just combined. Finally fold in the chopped dark chocolate and pecans.
    3. Divide the batter evenly between the cups of the muffin tray (the batter should come close to the top of the cups). Bake for 20-25 minutes until well-risen and a toothpick inserted into the centre of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Make the meringue:

    1. Fill a medium saucepan with a 5cm depth of water and place over a medium-low heat on the hob. Set a large, heatproof bowl over the saucepan. Add the egg whites and sugar to the large bowl and stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved (the mixture shouldn’t feel gritty when stirred) and registers 70°C on a thermometer.
    2. Remove the bowl from the pan and use electric beaters to whisk the mixture until cool, very fluffy and thickened - you should be able to lift up the beaters and form stiff peaks in the mixture which do not sink back into the meringue.

    Assemble:

    1. Use a palette knife to cover the top of each cooled cupcake with a swirl of the meringue. If you have a kitchen blowtorch, use it to gently toast the meringue. Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

- You can also use pumpkin puree (same volume/weight) instead of making a sweet potato puree.

- Allergens: milk, wheat, gluten, eggs

NOTE: this recipe was created as part of a paid instagram collaboration for Le Creuset UK. I was under no obligation to post the recipe on my blog but I thought it would be a shame not to!

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s’mores ice cream cake

This recipe first appeared on my site in 2016. It’s from my book, The Vanilla Bean Baking Book. I love it so much, I’m sharing again. ************************************ First of all, I want to say thank you, oh my goodness thank you, from…

This recipe first appeared on my site in 2016. It’s from my book, The Vanilla Bean Baking Book. I love it so much, I’m sharing again. ************************************ First of all, I want to say thank you, oh my goodness thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I had so many kind emails and comments and tweets yesterday;  your support of my upcoming book is overwhelming. I wouldn’t have this book without that support, and I am forever grateful to you, dear readers. Thank you for following along here, and for being so wonderful. And, here’s a recipe from the book! Today happens to be my birthday, one that I am slightly freaking out about, as I seem to be getting close to large numbers I didn’t think were possible. I will be celebrating today, however, with this S’mores Ice Cream Cake. It’s fairly simple to put together (especially if you go the store bought ice cream route), with a layer of toasted graham cracker crumbs, vanilla ice cream, more graham crackers, chocolate ice cream, and then a pile of meringue that is lightly toasted. An indulgent way to enjoy the fading of a near perfect summer vacation. S’mores Ice […]

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The French Bastards

When the bakery sign went up, I thought, “Well, that’s rather audacious. I wonder what it’s going to be?” A bakery had been in that space, which had once been a pretty good, but had slid in quality, until one day, the doors closed for good. It’s a bummer to see a place decline but exciting when something better opens in its place, which happened….

When the bakery sign went up, I thought, “Well, that’s rather audacious. I wonder what it’s going to be?” A bakery had been in that space, which had once been a pretty good, but had slid in quality, until one day, the doors closed for good. It’s a bummer to see a place decline but exciting when something better opens in its place, which happened.

There’s been a renaissance in Paris over the last few years of young bakers, who understand techniques and traditions, but use them as springboards to go beyond them. And three of them have set up shop, calling themselves The French Bastards.

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Eton Mess Tart

As soon as strawberries come into season in the UK, I’m ALL OVER THEM. It’s usually starting to get warm outside (although as I’m writing this my view is of a very grey sky), so a strawberry-heavy dessert like Eton mess is my idea of heaven. I have such strong memories of having it at primary school, served unglamorously in plastic cups, when we would have our annual ‘sports day’. It was effectively the last day of school so even though there was sports involved (gross), the fact that it was almost summer holidays made the day filled with so much excitement. Now, Eton mess isn’t the most beautiful dessert ever – strawberries, raspberries and crushed meringues folded into whipped cream will never look stunning. It was apparently borne out of someone dropping a meringue on the floor, it shattering, and them deciding to serve it anyway so you get the idea. But if you take those flavours and add them to a different dessert you can get a beautiful result. There are so many variations on Eton mess you could make by taking those basic flavours to make something else delicious. Here I made an Eton mess tart, using […]

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Eton mess tart with strawberries, raspberries and torched meringue

As soon as strawberries come into season in the UK, I’m ALL OVER THEM. It’s usually starting to get warm outside (although as I’m writing this my view is of a very grey sky), so a strawberry-heavy dessert like Eton mess is my idea of heaven.

A slice of Eton mess tart on a pink scalloped plate

I have such strong memories of having it at primary school, served unglamorously in plastic cups, when we would have our annual ‘sports day’. It was effectively the last day of school so even though there was sports involved (gross), the fact that it was almost summer holidays made the day filled with so much excitement.

Now, Eton mess isn’t the most beautiful dessert ever – strawberries, raspberries and crushed meringues folded into whipped cream will never look stunning. It was apparently borne out of someone dropping a meringue on the floor, it shattering, and them deciding to serve it anyway so you get the idea. But if you take those flavours and add them to a different dessert you can get a beautiful result. There are so many variations on Eton mess you could make by taking those basic flavours to make something else delicious.

Multiple slices of eton mess tart on pink plates

Here I made an Eton mess tart, using an enriched pastry which I rolled out ‘galette style’ so you don’t need a fluted tart tin to make it. The pastry is baked alone so it gets crisp and flaky. It’s then topped with whipped cream, berries and blobs of meringue ‘frosting’ which are torched.

The enriched pastry uses up the egg yolks that would be leftover from making the meringue so you don’t have random yolks sitting around in the fridge. But why even add eggs to pastry? The yolks help bind it together and, because of the fat content, keep it tender by preventing some gluten formation in the dough. You also get that slight yellow tinge to the pastry which can make it look even more appealing.

If you’re more up for a standard Eton mess recipe, I also did one for Food52 a while ago which you can check out here. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy this tart recipe!

Eton Mess Tart

Eton Mess Tart

Yield: serves 8-10
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Ingredients

Pastry:

  • 240g (2 cups) plain white flour (all-purpose flour)
  • 90g (3/4 cup) wholemeal (whole wheat) pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 200g (7 ounces) unsalted butter, cold, cubed
  • 2 egg yolks (save the whites)
  • 100-125ml (6-8 tablespoons) cold water

Meringue:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 100g (1/2 cup) granulated sugar

Toppings:

  • 150ml (2/3 cup) double cream (heavy cream)
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 200g (7 ounces) strawberries
  • 100g (3.5 ounces) raspberries

Instructions

Make the pastry:

  1. Place both the flours and salt into a large bowl. Add the cold butter and toss to coat the cubes in flour. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until you have a mostly sandy/breadcrumb texture with some pea-sized lumps of butter remaining. (You can also do this by pulsing the same ingredients in a food processor)
  2. Add the egg yolks and about half of the water. Start to bring it together with your fingertips, gently kneading. Drizzle in more water as needed, a tablespoon at a time, until the dough starts to stick together and feels slightly moist but not sticky.
  3. Smush the dough together into one big ball with your hands then flatten it into a disk shape. Place in a resealable sandwich bag and chill for 1 hour so it can rest.

Shape and bake:

  1. Let the chilled dough warm at room temp. for a few minutes so it softens slightly. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Dust the pastry lightly with flour and roll it out into a circle about 35cm (14 inches) in diameter. It doesn't matter if it is slightly larger than the baking tray at this point. Roll up the pastry around the rolling pin, then unroll over the lined baking sheet.
  3. Roll and tuck the outer 5cm (2 inch) border of the circle under itself to neaten the edge and create a thicker crust, a bit like a pizza! NOTE: You may need to trim the edges of the pastry before rolling up to get it to fit onto the baking tray properly.
  4. Now crimp the edge of the pastry all the way around with your fingertips (see video above for how to do it) OR use the tines of a fork to make impressions all the way around the edge.
  5. Prick the centre of the pastry all over with a fork to prevent it bubbling up when it bakes.
  6. Chill the pastry for 10-15 minutes as your oven preheats to 190 C (170 C fan / 375 F).
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Keep an eye on it and use a metal spatula to press down any big air bubbles that may form as it bakes.
  8. Let the crust cool before filling.

Meringue:

  1. Combine the egg whites and sugar in a medium, heatproof bowl. Set over a pot of simmering water making sure the bottom of the bowl isn't touching the water.
  2. Stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved (the mixture shouldn’t feel gritty when you rub some between your fingertips) and registers 71 C (160 F ) on a thermometer.
  3. Remove the bowl from the pan and use electric beaters to whisk until cool, very fluffy and thickened - you should be able to lift up the beaters and form stiff peaks in the mixture which do not sink back into the meringue. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a wide plain tip (or you can dollop it with a spoon if you don't have piping bags).

Assemble:

  1. When you're ready to serve: Whip the double cream in a large bowl with a whisk until thickened. Fold in the yogurt and icing sugar.
  2. Prep the berries by removing any stalks and cutting up larger berries into slices.
  3. Spread the whipped yogurt cream over the pastry. Top with the berries. Pipe on (or spoon on) blobs of meringue all over. If you have a blowtorch you can use it to toast the meringue blobs but it's not necessary.
  4. Serve!

Notes

MAKE IT EASIER:

  • you can use ready made shortcrust pastry for this recipe if you'd like. You'll need about 350g (12 ounces) of pastry. You can go with plain or 'dessert' shortcrust..
  • If you don't want to make the meringue yourself you can buy the meringues from the shops, usually in the baking aisle. Just crumble them up and scatter over the tart.
  • Alternatively, could buy marshmallow fluff and pipe dollops of that all over the tart and torch it, instead of making meringue.

MAKE AHEAD:

This Eton mess tart is best assembled just before eating as the crust can go soggy if it sits around with the toppings on it. You can pre-bake the crust, whip the cream, prep the berries & meringue. Then when you're ready to eat, just layer it up and serve!

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eton mess tart with whipped cream, strawberries, raspberries and meringue

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