Welcome to my kitchen! Today, I am creating a sweet sensation – Mary Berry’s Meringue. This delightful dessert is a marvel of light, crisp texture paired with a subtle sweetness. It’s the perfect treat for ending a family meal on a high note or adding a touch of elegance to your afternoon tea. This recipe is all about mastering the simple art of meringue-making, and I’m here to guide you through each step.
Let’s get started and discover how easy it is to craft these heavenly clouds of sweetness at home.
What is Mary Berry’s Meringue Recipe?
Mary Berry’s meringue recipe is a simple and delicious way to make light and airy meringues with just two ingredients: egg whites and sugar. You can use this recipe to make a large meringue ring that can be filled with whipped cream and fresh fruits, or smaller individual meringues that can be served as a snack or a dessert. Mary Berry is a famous British baker and cookbook author who has shared her tips and tricks for making perfect meringues on her TV shows and books.
Why You Love This Recipe
This simple meringue recipe has many advantages that make it a baker’s delight:
- Simplicity – With just egg whites, sugar, and a couple of optional ingredients, these meringues couldn’t get much easier. The short ingredient list means you can whip them up anytime without lengthy prep or special equipment required.
- Texture – The contrast of the crisp exterior and pillowy interior gives these meringues an unbeatable, melt-in-your-mouth texture. Each delicate bite melts on your tongue.
- Versatility – This recipe can be tweaked in countless ways. Make individual bite-sized meringues or a large cake-like ring. Flavor it with extracts or spices. Top it with fruit, ganache – anything you crave!
- Adaptability – The meringues can be customized for dietary needs. With no gluten, dairy, or major allergens, they work for food restrictions. The recipe can easily be made vegan by replacing the egg whites with aquafaba.
- Presentation – Meringues are visually stunning on a dessert table. Pipe them into fun shapes and sizes or top them with colorful embellishments. They add flair to any spread.
Ingredients Needed to Make Mary Berry Meringue:
- 4 large egg whites
- 250 g caster sugar
- (Optional) 1 tsp white wine vinegar
- (Optional) 1 tsp cornflour
- (Optional) 300 ml double cream, whipped
- (Optional) Fresh fruits, such as berries, pomegranate seeds, and mint leaves
- (Optional) Icing sugar, for dusting
Instructions to Make Mary Berry Meringue:
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Prepare the Baking Tray
- Preheat the oven to 120°C/100°C fan/gas mark 1⁄2.
- Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
- On the parchment, draw a 30cm circle in the middle.
- Draw a 15cm circle in the center of the larger circle to make a ring. This will guide you when piping or spooning the meringue.
Make the Meringue
- In a large clean bowl, whisk the egg whites with an electric whisk on high speed until stiff peaks form. The egg whites should stand upright when you lift the whisk and not droop down.
- Gradually add the sugar, 1 teaspoon at a time, while continuing to whisk at high speed. Whisk until the meringue is glossy and the sugar dissolves completely.
- (Optional) Add 1 tsp vinegar and 1 tsp cornflour for extra stability, as suggested by Mary Berry.
- Check for any remaining sugar grains by rubbing a bit of meringue between your fingers. It should feel completely smooth.
Bake the Meringue
- Pipe or spoon the meringue onto the ring drawn on the parchment. You can pipe swirls using a piping bag with a large star nozzle or simply spoon dollops.
- Spread the meringue out evenly within the ring and make a slight indentation in the center to hold the filling later.
- Bake for about 1 hour 10 mins until the outside is firm and crisp while the inside remains soft and marshmallowy.
- Do not open the oven door during baking as it may cause cracking or collapsing of the meringue.
- Once baked, turn off the oven and leave the meringue inside to cool completely, ideally overnight. This helps it dry out fully and prevents sticking.
Assemble and Serve
- Carefully peel off the parchment and transfer the cooled meringue to a serving plate or cake stand.
- Fill the center with your choice of fillings like whipped cream and fresh fruits as suggested by Mary Berry.
- Alternatively, use lemon curd, chocolate ganache, caramel sauce, etc based on your preference.
- Dust with icing sugar before serving for a final touch.
- Enjoy the light and decadent Mary Berry meringue!