Traditional meringues are usually made with just two ingredients. One of them is egg whites, of which this elevated dessert recipe calls for four large ones. ⠀
⠀ Ingredients⠀ Swirled Meringues⠀ 1/2 c. blueberry preserves⠀ 1 c. granulated sugar⠀ 1 tbsp. cornstarch⠀ 4 large egg whites, at room temperature⠀ 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar⠀ Pinch kosher salt⠀ 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract⠀ 1 1/4 c. whipping cream⠀ 1 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar⠀ Blueberry Sauce⠀ 1/4 c. sugar⠀ 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch⠀ Pinch kosher salt⠀ 1 1/2 c. fresh blueberries⠀ 1/4 c. water⠀ 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice⠀ 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract⠀
Directions⠀ ⠀ Preheat oven to 225°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Microwave preserves in a microwave-safe dish until just warm, about 30 seconds. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard solids.⠀ Whisk together granulated sugar and cornstarch in a bowl. Beat egg whites on medium-high speed with an electric mixer, until foamy, about 1 minute. Add cream of tartar and salt, beating until blended. Reduce mixer speed to medium and gradually add sugar mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until mixture is glossy, stiff peaks form, and sugar dissolves,1 to 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla.⠀ Drizzle one-quarter of preserves in a zigzag pattern onto meringue. Scoop 2 portions of meringue mixture (about 1/3 cup each) onto prepared baking sheet. Make an indentation in center of each meringue to hold filling. Repeat procedure 3 more times.⠀ Bake until pale golden and outsides have formed a crust, 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes. Turn oven off; let meringues stand in oven, with door closed and light on, 12 hours.⠀ Beat cream and confectioners’ sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until medium peaks form, about 1 minute. Fill meringues with whipped cream and Blueberry Sauce. Serve immediately.⠀ For the blueberry sauce, stir together sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan. Stir in fresh blueberries, water, and fresh lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook, stirring often, until a few blueberries pop, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla extract. Cool completely.