pink swirl meringues with pomegranate syrup

by Sam on May 20, 2013

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pink swirl meringues with pomegranate syrup

pink swirl meringues with pomegranate syrup

A blog that I have recently found and really like is Mimi Thorissons’s – Manger. Its achingly beautiful and instantly makes me yearn for Europe. Mimi lives in Medoc in France, and it kind of  looks like she has the perfect life.  Her recipes are lovely, and her photographs have an exquisite old world patina feel to them. Who doesnt want to be transported to another place when browsing the interwebs.

I fell in love with these gorgeous meringues the minute I saw them. Hitting my current love affair with pomegranates head on, I couldn’t wait to dive into my kitchen.

Meringues are tricky things to make. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It was the recipe that took me the longest to perfect in my cook book, and after nine tests, I  finally got my mini pavlova’s exactly how I wanted them. The making of meringue is a combination of exact ingredients and ratios, as well as the temperature and time to bake them. These three variables when altered slightly here or there can have a big effect on your outcome.

How you like your meringue is a matter of personal taste. I like pavlova to be crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, but still firm enough to take a slice out of. I like meringues to have a firmer and crumbly texture.

I made 4 big meringues out of this recipe, and they were more like mini pavlova’s. Next time I will make several smaller ones and check out the result.

pink swirl meringues with pomegranate syrup

I adapted the recipe slightly by using large eggs (these are all I ever buy), and caster sugar instead of granulated sugar. I added the corn flour right at the end with a teaspoon of vanilla extract. I made my own version of pomegranate syrup, which I cooked for quite a while to reduce it to the syrupy consistency that I wanted.

Topped with generous dollops of whipped cream and fresh pomegranate seeds, this was an absolutely beautiful dessert and big texture adventure.

I gave one to a friend who served it at a dinner, and there were mutterings of ‘best meringue ever eaten’ etc.

pink swirl meringues with pomegranate syrup

pink swirl meringues with pomegranate syrup

pink swirl meringues with pomegranate syrup

pink swirl meringues with pomegranate syrup

Meringues | makes 4 large meringues

  • 6 large egg whites –  at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups of caster sugar (320 g)
  • about 1/2 t red food colouring (I used a gel colouring)
  • A pinch of fine salt
  • 1 1/2 t cornflour
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 pomegranate, seeds only to serve
  • 250ml – 350ml cream to whip

Pomegranate  syrup:

  • 1 cup of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice (see how to do this easily here)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

Preheat the oven to 140° C and line a baking tray with a silicone sheet or baking paper.

Using an electric mixer whisk the eggs white until firm peaks. Keep the whisk running and add the salt add the sugar very slowly, one tablespoon at a time. Keep whisking for 10 – 12 minutes on medium high speed. Add the cornflour and vanilla at the end and mix through briefly.

Add the food colouring, and by hand gently swirl this through the meringue. Using two spoons, scoop out dollops of the mixture and shape into rounds on the baking paper to create swirls *this is a little tricky but don’t worry, they look beautiful in the end.

Bake for 1 hour, then switch off the oven. Leave the meringues in the oven with the door slightly ajar for 15 minutes.

Syrup:

Bring the juice and sugar to the boil in a small pot, then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 10 – 15 minutes until it thickens. As it cools it will thicken more. Keep cooking it until its the thickens you like.

other recipes with pomegranate:

Pomegranate and ginger spritzer

pomegranate and ginger spritzer

Guacamole with pomegranate:

pomegranate guacamole

 

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Debbie May 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

Ooo! Sam these look wonderful! I will be making a batch shortly! I have your wonderful cook book and wanted to know if there is an index page that I could print and stick in? I enjoy making the recipes but would find them more easily if there was an index. I always look forward to your posts they give me inspiration! :)

DessertForTwo May 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Wow, these look delicious! Maybe it’s all in my head, but anything pink just tastes better ;)

Lori May 20, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Too beautiful, the pink and the pomegranite rubies are beautiful together

Lisa the Gourmet Wog May 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Your photos as absolutely stunning! I adore pomegranates and just when I thought they can’t get any better, you give us this!

Sam May 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Thanks Lisa, Im a little obsessed :-)

Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 20, 2013 at 11:52 pm

These are the prettiest meringues! Love the pink swirls and the pom syrup.

Brooke Schweers May 21, 2013 at 12:33 am

These are so pretty! Would be perfect to make for a super girly high tea :)

Jennifer @ Delicieux May 21, 2013 at 1:01 am

Those meringues are so pretty! Almost too pretty to eat. Almost :D

Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com May 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

These are so lovely. (And I’m a little obsessed with Manger too–is it normal to want to crawl through a computer screen when reading a blog?) I haven’t had a pavlova in ages and suddenly I can’t stop craving them!

Sam May 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Ha ha Elizabeth, I think that is completely normal. In some way we are voyeurs anyway, creeping into each other lives and kitchens on the internet.

Sam May 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Thanks Jennifer, I have to say I was a little sad when I ate the last one (shared with a friend). Always sad when something delicious comes to an end.

Nadine May 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Stunning. You have transcended me into a meringue trance. Beautiful and inspiring photography.

Sam May 21, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Thanks Nadine :-)

Emily @dishtell.com May 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Sam, everything you do is stunning. I am so inspired by your blog–you make me want to be better, and you make me want to eat!! I enjoy viewing your pictures greatly — keep up the hard work and thank you!

Emily

Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence May 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm

So pretty!! I love the shades of pink.

Eliza May 21, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Would it work to use freshly squeezed pom juice as the food coloring? These look amazing!!

Gourmet Creations May 22, 2013 at 3:27 am

GREAT!

Carolie de Koster May 22, 2013 at 6:03 am

Stunning Sam!

I got a reply from Tracey and will send it through to you tomorrow after I have studied it – so that you can see exactly what her plans are…!

Carolie

Sam May 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Hi Eliza, I don’t think it will work as there will be too much liquid which will change the consistency of the meringue. I literally use about 3 drops of gel food colouring, which is really not a lot.

Zirkie May 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm

These meringues are looking absolutely wonderful! (I love the colour, of course! :) ) Your pics are, as always, perfect!

sandra @ foodmanna June 18, 2013 at 10:01 am

I never quite succeeded in making meringues but yours are too good to make a pass. Love your photography.

Sam June 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Thanks Sandra and good luck

Catharina Welmoed July 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Hi, as I am from Europe, we use another metric system. I was wondering what you exactly mean with the T’s en t’s in all of your recipes. What is the difference between T & t? I would love to make this recipe, it looks so good! Please keep up the good work (and maybe also write some recipes down for us Europeans?;))!

Sam July 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Hi Catharina. Glad you like and want to try this recipe. There is only one metric system. T = tablespoon (15ml) and t = teaspoon (5ml).
Enjoy!

Denise June 11, 2014 at 7:58 am

I know this is all about the pomegranates, but I live in a place where I can’t get them. Can you think of another syrup option that might look nearly as cool as this? Love your website and inspiration. Thanks.

Sam June 11, 2014 at 8:43 am

Hi Denise, pomegranate is pretty unique and nothing can replace the look. But try strawberries or any other dark berry. perhaps cherries too.

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