Sunday, May 24, 2015

Strawberry Meringue Tartlets #SundaySupper

One of my favourite things about teaching cooking to a gang of (relatively) young children is that they are enthralled by the aspect of "danger" in a dish, even if nothing truly ominous is present. All it takes is for me to mention that I am "letting them" do something (like using knives) that they wouldn't normally get to at home, or remind them that there's a heating element on (even though it's a fairly safe induction model) to grab their attention, and in the end I know I've managed to give them an enhanced respect for the nuances of the kitchen. I think I may have topped myself the other week, though, when I broke out not only (pasteurized) "raw" egg whites but the real flame for these strawberry-stuffed, meringue-topped tartlets. 

While making this recipe was the perfect way to embrace the first crop of affordable strawberries, the filling is so simple and variable that you can use any fresh or frozen (and thawed) berry you like. For example, if I was making these for myself, those strawberries (and the accompanying jam) would be transformed into cherries and sour cherry jam, or perhaps cherries and lemon curd. The cocoa-kissed graham cracker crust has extra body and flavour from shredded coconut and ground flaxseed, which help it stand up to the fruit long enough for a fork to get in there! The pièce de résistance is definitely that pillow of meringue, just kissed by enough flame to turn golden and marshmallowy. It's a perfect Spring-Summer celebration dessert, whether you're partying for the long weekend or simply longer daylight hours!

Strawberry Meringue Tartlets

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Strawberry Meringue Tartlets
Makes 12

Crust:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp orange juice
2 tbsp brown sugar

Filling:
2 ½ cups chopped fresh or thawed frozen strawberries
¾ cup 100% fruit strawberry jam
2 tbsp icing sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch

Meringue:
2 egg whites (or ¼ cup pasteurized egg whites if making for children / elderly)
¼ tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 cup vanilla sugar (or regular sugar)

Crust:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line 12 muffin cups with foil liners.
  2. In a bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, flaxseed, coconut and cocoa powder.
  3. Stir together the coconut oil, orange juice and brown sugar in another bowl, then add to the graham crumb mixture and stir until moistened.
  4. Spoon evenly into the muffin liners and press into the bottom and up the sides.
  5. Bake for 7-10 minutes, until firm.
  6. Cool completely, then chill for at least 45 minutes.
Filling:
  1. Combine the strawberries, strawberry jam, icing sugar and cornstarch in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave for 5 minutes, stirring with a fork after 30 seconds to thoroughly combine.
  3. Spoon into the chilled crusts and refrigerate while preparing the meringue.
Meringue:
  1. In a spotlessly clean bowl with an electric mixer, whip egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form. 
  2. Gradually add the sugar while whipping and beat until stiff glossy peaks form, about 8 minutes.
  3. Dollop meringue on top of the strawberry mixture and place under the broiler for 30 seconds-1 minute, until golden. (Alternatively, place tarts into a 325°F oven until set and golden brown, 14 to 16 minutes, or use a kitchen torch  to toast the meringue.)
  4. Serve immediately or cover loosely and store in the refrigerator up to 2 days.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 170.3
Total Fat: 6.2 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 43.5 mg
Total Carbs: 29.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g
Protein: 1.6 g