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The Food of Downton Abbey: Simple and Elegant Chambord Meringues

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As the world prepares for the season four premiere of the acclaimed British televisions series Downton Abbey, parties are being planned. Though there will be many dishes presented at the parties to celebrate the era and the show, one sweet dish which must be on the table is a favorite of the times, a very simple, yet elegant, Chambord Meringue.

It should be pointed out that 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.

Usually we will provide how-to pictures for our Downton Abbey dishes. Since this is quick and has very few steps, Examiner won't allow less than five pictures. If you would like to see all of the how-to pictures, they are posted on the Facebook page called The Food of Downton Abbey.

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 paddle 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 new cookbook from Chef Larry Edwards is now available from Amazon.com and bookstores worldwide. One of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year, "Edwardian Cooking: Inspired by Downton Abbey's Elegant Meals."

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