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Strawberries and Cream Biscuits on Hazelnut Meringues

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Things that make me go hmmmm

chocolate cake with chocolate chips and chocolate icing
the perfect espresso
writing a long overdue email and getting a response the next day
writing a spontaneous email and getting no response at all
does this go in the dryer?
a sunset on Siesta beach
a picnic on Siesta beach…
…with my parents
exactly what kind of cheese is this?
red wine
clean sheets
a bubble bath
why did I miss Mexican food when I lived in Paris?
a poem about dreams
coffee stains covering the backsplash…
no clue how they got there
dried pancake batter on the ceiling…
no clue how it got there
behind my stove
coffee on the balcony in January
strawberry shortcake in March

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Hazelnut Meringues

Inspired by The Flavor Thesaurus.

Ingredients

3 egg whites
175g (3/4 cup) white sugar
65g (1/2 cup) toasted chopped hazelnuts

Directions

If you’re toasting your own hazelnuts, chop them and spread them out on a baking sheet. Place under the broiler and monitor them for 5-10 minutes until they start to brown. Remove and let cool.

Preheat the oven to 150C/300F. With an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks begin to form. Add the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time every few seconds, then keep whisking on high until stiff peaks form. Add the toasted hazelnuts, and carefully fold them in by hand with a rubber spatula. Spoon evenly onto a lined baking sheet into the number of nests you want (I made five about 11cm/4.5in in diameter). Turn the oven down to 140C/285F and bake for 35-40 minutes, until beginning to brown. Turn the oven off, but leave the meringues in for at least an hour, or up to 3, to dry out. These can be made the day before, if desired. Keep in an air tight container or cover with plastic wrap and keep in a cool, dry place.

Cream Biscuits

Inspired by a recipe handwritten in my recipe book long ago, and these Light and Tender Cream Biscuits.

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Ingredients

300g (2 cups) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
25g (2 tablespoons) brown sugar
240 ml (1 cup) heavy cream
80 ml (1/3 cup) whole milk

1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon white sugar

1 dl (scant 1/2 cup) whipping cream per serving
2.5 dl (generous cup) strawberries per serving

Directions

Preheat the oven to 205C/400F. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar, breaking up any lumps in the sugar. Add the cream and milk and gently stir until just moistened. Turn out onto a floured surface and sprinkle flour on top as well. Fold a few times to incorporate any stray dry ingredients, and then pat out evenly until it’s about 1 cm thick (.4 in). Cut out into 6-7cm shapes (about 2.5 in) (I used stars, but you can do circles or any other shape of similar size). Space a bit apart on a lined baking tray; brush with melted butter and sprinkle with white sugar. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden. Let cool slightly while you wash, cap, and quarter the strawberries, and whip about 1 dl (1/2 cup) of whipping cream per person (the meringues will keep in an airtight container for a few days, as will the biscuits, but whipped cream, I find, is best served fresh).

To assemble, place a nest on each plate, top with strawberries, dollop on cream, and nestle a biscuit or two on top!

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6 Comments

  1. Jennifer Kidwell says

    Have you discovered the delight that is Creme fraiche? I keep thinking ‘I need to have this with afternoon tea’…which then makes me think of England…when then makes me think (said with British accent) ‘ Strawbrries and clotted cream”…

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!!

    xoxoxo
    Yer auntie Jen

    • Kristin says

      I adore creme fraiche! When I was in Florida, I paid $5 for a tiny container because I couldn’t go 2 weeks without it! Now clotted cream, that’s something I need to try! Thanks bunches Auntie Jen 😉 xoxo!

  2. I love your “Hmmm” poem. It’s wonderful; this looks like the perfect spring dessert. My mom occasionally makes strawberry shortcake and it’s delicious. I’m sure these hazelnut meringues would kick it up a notch!

    • Kristin says

      Aw, thanks Erin! That’s encouraging 🙂 I considered reversing the order and making the shortcakes larger, and making hazelnut meringue kisses to sprinkle on top…just a thought 🙂

  3. Mici says

    Please treat me to this next time we have coffee 😉

    And thanks a million for today, don’t know what I would have done without your help. Feeling much better now though the headache comes and goes.

    • Kristin says

      You got it! 🙂

      I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better; I’m here anytime!

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