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Elegant Eating from Downton Abbey: Chambord Meringues

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Many fans of the hit television show Downton Abbey, like to have parties on the night it is being shown on their local PBS station. One sweet dish which must be on the table is a favorite of the era, a very simple, yet elegant, Chambord Meringue.

It should be pointed out this is not an inexpensive meringue to make. Chambord is a pricey French raspberry liqueur, but the flavor is very rich and truly does take these meringues to a rather regal level.

The secret to making perfect meringues lies in the heat of the oven, or to be more precise, the lack of heat. Meringues are not really baked. They are dried. You will notice we give an oven temperature of 200 degrees. This is not a mis-print, you do want your heat that low.

Ingredients needed to make Chambord Meringues:

  • 4 eggs whites
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbs. Chambord
  • Extra Chambord to drape over the meringues

Steps:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone sheet.
  2. In a mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites, sugar and 2 Tbs. Chambord until stiff peaks form.
  3. Place the meringue into a pastry bag fitted with a plain round tip.
  4. Pipe bite-size portions of the meringue onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Place into the oven and bake (dry) 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan 30 minutes (this will make them easier to remove).
  7. Place some meringues onto a serving plate, drape with some Chambord and serve.

The internationally bestselling cookbook from Chef Larry Edwards, "Edwardian Cooking: 80 Recipes Inspired by Downton Abbey's Elegant Meals," is now in it's third printing and available worldwide in both hard cover and e-book versions. The paperback version will be released March 4, 2014.

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