The combination of slightly tart cranberries, sweet toffee bits, toasted almonds and frozen meringue makes for a tantalizing chilled dessert to tuck away in the freezer. Look in the dairy or freezer section of the supermarket for cartons of pasteurized egg whites.
- Portion size 8 servings
- 3 cups whole cranberries
- 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon finely grated orange rind
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 3/4 cups pasteurized egg whites
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 3/4 cups toasted almonds chopped
- 1/4 cup toffee bits
Line 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan with plastic wrap large enough to leave about 3-inch (8 cm) overhang on all sides of pan. Set aside.
In large saucepan, combine cranberries, 1 cup (250 mL) of the sugar, orange rind and juice and 2 tbsp (25 mL) water; bring to boil over medium heat, stirring, until cranberries pop and sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Divide compote in half between 1 small and 1 large bowl; refrigerate until cold, about 15 minutes. Cover small bowl and set aside.
Meanwhile, in separate large bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Beat in remaining sugar, 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time, until stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Set aside.
In another bowl, whip cream; set aside. Into large bowl of cranberry compote, stir almonds and toffee bits. Fold in one-third of the whipped cream; fold in remaining cream. Fold in one-third of the egg whites; fold in remaining whites.
Pour mixture into prepared pan; smooth top. Fold plastic wrap overhang over top, directly on surface; freeze until firm, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Freeze for up to 1 week.)
To serve, cut nougat into 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick slices with hot dry knife. Serve on chilled plates with scant 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the reserved cranberry compote alongside each.
Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about
- Sodium 59 mg
- Protein 6 g
- Calories 344.0
- Total fat 18 g
- Cholesterol 43 mg
- Saturated fat 8 g
- Total carbohydrate 42 g
- Iron 4.0
- Folate 3.0
- Calcium 5.0
- Vitamin A 13.0
- Vitamin C 8.0