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Recipe: Coconut meringues

September 17, 2008
  • SHOW STOPPER: Executive pastry chef Renee Ward's version of a layered sundae, the coconut coupe. Components include coconut sablé cookies, coconut meringues and lime coconut sorbet.
SHOW STOPPER: Executive pastry chef Renee Ward's version of a layered… (Ken Hively / Los Angeles…)

Coconut meringues

Total time: 25 minutes, plus baking time

Servings: Makes about 2 1/2 dozen

Note: Adapted from Brix@1601 executive pastry chef Renee Ward. Desiccated (finely shredded unsweetened) coconut is generally available at cooking and baking stores as well as at select Indian markets. This recipe may be made the day before assembling the coconut coupes.

2 egg whites

1/3 cup plus 4 3/4 teaspoons sugar

3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, sifted

1 1/2 teaspoons desiccated coconut

1. Heat the oven to 175 degrees. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, whip the egg whites until frothy. With the mixer running, slowly add the sugar until incorporated and the meringue forms soft peaks, then rain in the powdered sugar and continue to whip just until the meringue forms stiff peaks when the mixer is removed.

2. Using a pastry bag outfitted with a large round tip (about one-half inch in diameter), pipe 12 small half circles onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. They should be one-half to three-fourth-inches tall and 1 1/2 inches wide, and should be spaced about 3 inches apart. Using the back of a spoon or small offset spatula, smear the unfinished part of each circle so that each meringue has a teardrop shape. Sprinkle one-eighth teaspoon coconut evenly over each of the meringues.

3. Bake the meringues for 2 to 3 hours, until completely dry. Set aside in a dry place, or leave in the oven with the heat turned off. Baked meringues will keep for up to one day at room temperature in a cool, dry place.

Each meringue: 25 calories; 0 protein; 6 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 0 fat; 0 saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 4 mg. sodium.

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