Brown Sugar Meringues with Citrus Curd Brown Sugar Meringues with Citrus Curd

Brown Sugar Meringues with Citrus Curd Image by: Brown Sugar Meringues with Citrus Curd Author: Canadian Living

Brown sugar lends a delicate caramel taste to this melt-in-your-mouth dairy-free, gluten-free and nut-free dessert.

  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : Holiday Celebrations: 2007


  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 blood oranges for garnish
Orange Curd:
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


Line rimless baking sheet with parchment paper. Using 3-inch (8 cm) round cookie cutter as guide, draw 8 circles on paper; turn paper over. Set aside.

In small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in vanilla and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) water; set aside.

In bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until soft peaks form; beat in granulated and brown sugars, 2 tbsp (25 mL) at a time, until stiff glossy peaks form. Beat in cornstarch mixture. Spoon onto circles, shaping with back of spoon into nests.

Bake in centre of 250°F (120°C) oven until light golden but still soft inside, about 1 hour. Let cool on pan on rack. (Make-ahead: Store layered between waxed paper in airtight container for up to 3 days.)

Orange Curd:
Meanwhile, in heatproof bowl over saucepan of simmering water, whisk together egg yolks, eggs, sugar, orange juice and lemon juice; cook, stirring, until thickened enough to mound on spoon, about 8 minutes. Strain through fine sieve into bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate until cold, 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days.)

Cut peel and pith from blood oranges; cut out segments from membranes. Spoon orange curd into hollow of each meringue; top with fresh blood orange segments.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 41 mg
  • Protein 4 g
  • Calories 185.0
  • Total fat 3 g
  • Cholesterol 97 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 37 g


  • Iron 4.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 16.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 4.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 5.0
  • Vitamin C 63.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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Brown Sugar Meringues with Citrus Curd