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Friday, April 1, 2011

Chew on This | Berry Custard Meringue

If you want to make a great impression for any special day…this is the dessert for you! Wonderfully fresh berries of your choice makes this elegant dessert one they will remember.

Awesome, isn’t it? This is what you will need plus the fresh berries...Bird's Dessert Mix, milk, granulated sugar, eggs and cream of tarter. 

(If you can’t find Birds Dessert Mix for the custard you can use your own favorite custard recipe, or use vanilla pudding - but it might not be as good.)

Beat the egg whites and the cream of tarter with an electric mixer on high until soft peaks form (about 5 minutes).  Gradually, very gradually, add the granulated sugar 1T at a time until very stiff peaks form.  

Looking good.

Spoon meringue onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper (I spray mine with cooking spray to be extra sure it won’t stick)  Bake 1 ½-2 hours at 250℉. You want it stiff but not brown.  It’s okay to peek!

Now for the custard.

Combine the 3T of the Bird’s Dessert Mix and 3 T sugar in a saucepan.  Add 2 T of milk and blend till smooth.

Add the remaining milk and bring to a full boil over medium heat while stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and refrigerate.

When the custard is completely cool…

fill the meringue with the custard and then top it off with the wonderful berries and maybe a sprig of mint.

Go forth and enjoy!

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Here is the recipe:

Berry Custard Meringue

Meringue Crust:
4 egg whites
1/4 t cream of tarter
1 cup granulated sugar

Using an electric mixer, beat 4 egg whites, which are at room temperature, and the cream of tarter in a very clean medium sized bowl until peaks begin to form.

Beating at high speed gradually add 1 T of sugar at a time until very stiff peaks form (6 or so minutes)

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Spoon meringue into the center making a 9-10 inch circle. Make a little indentation in the center to form a crust. Bake at 250℉ for 1 ½-2 hours.  Check often, you want it hard but not brown.

Cool.  When ready to plate, slide a large spatula or knife under the meringue and loosen. Carefully lift meringue and transfer to serving dish.

Birds Dessert Mix 
3 T Bird's Custard Mix
3T sugar
2 cups milk

Combine dessert mix and sugar in a saucepan.  Add 2 T of the milk and mix until smooth.  Add the remaining milk.  Bring the mixture to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and pour into a serving bowl and refrigerate.

To Serve:
When completely cool fill the indentation in the meringue with the custard.  Cover the custard with your choice of fresh berries.

Optional: Serve slices with a little whipping cream on the side. Yummy!


  1. Bird's Dessert Mix? I've never heard of it but you've certainly got me interested. The berries and meringue are so festive.

  2. I found you on Sweet as Sugar Cookies. I've had something like this in Australia--they call it a Pavlova after a famous ballet dancer! Yours looks delicious!