Monday, December 1, 2014

Recipe: Passion Fruit Meringues

A couple of years ago, I was visiting a garden nursery when I came across my first passiflora (passion fruit flower). It's one of the most beautiful flowers I've ever seen, the colours so vivid and very unique looking. For that reason, I bought a plant, took it home and planted it in my garden.


Passion fruit meringues

And just recently, we started seeing lots of flowers on our plant and finally it has began to fruit too. The species that we have bears fruits which are red/purple at maturity with yellow flesh.

My whole family, including my kids love eating passion fruit (markisa). Fresh passion fruit is high in provitamin A beta carotene, vitamin C, dietary fiber, potassium and iron.There are two ways we like to eat them - over meringues or just eaten like that. One tip is to leave them to ripen further on your kitchen counters until the skin is wrinkled all over for sweeter tasting fruits.


Flower of Passiflora edulis


Passion fruit on the vine


Just halve them and scoop out the flesh.. very fragrant and delicious not to mention nutritious too


Perfectly thin crisp exterior and soft mashmallowy centre, topped with fluffy whipping cream and passion fruit. Meringues and passion fruit really are the perfect pair... the tangy passion fruit balances the sweetness of the meringue perfectly. (see how many times I used the word perfect? It's that good)




Thanks Hubby for making these perfect meringues to go with our passion fruit. According to Hubby, meringues are so easy to make so I think they'd make the perfect Christmas dessert for easy entertaining. So Hubby, could you please make this for us during Christmas this year? ;)


And speaking of Christmas, so happy that it's finally December. Over the weekend, we put up our Christmas tree and was so lovely to see the kids so excited helping out and then gushing over their beautiful tree.

For the whole month of December, I am also co-hosting a Christmas bloghop event, so do link any Christmas recipes that you have with us. Do also check out the collection of Christmas recipes that my other blogger friends and I have made in 2013.







Passion fruit Meringues
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking time: 30-35 minutes
Makes 12

Ingredients
3 egg whites, at room temperature
150g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

To serve
6 passion fruits, halved
200ml whipping cream




1.Preheat oven to 150°C (no fan).

2. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.

3. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites in a large clean bowl until soft peaks. Add half the sugar and whisk until glossy, then add the remaining sugar and beat until the meringue is very stiff. Test using your thumb and forefinger, the mixture should be very smooth without any sugar grains.


4. Drop tablespoonfuls of mixture on the baking sheet, leaving some space in between for expansion. Bake for 30-35 minutes until crisp. Turn off the oven.


5. Remove the tray from oven and gently lift each meringue off the baking tray. This is to prevent sticking and ensure easier removal later once cooled.

6. Place the tray back in the oven and let meringues cool completely inside the oven. Store in airtight container.



7. Whisk the whipping cream until soft peaks. Place a meringue on serving plate and top with a generous 1 tablespoonful whipping cream. And then, scoop the flesh out of the passion fruits and top on the cream.

Note: For more tips on meringue making, please see this post.





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9 comments:

  1. Hi Yen,
    Lovely dessert! We love passion fruits! Used to get them from my sister's garden, but she no longer plants them, as the plant was heavily infested! Wish I have the space to grow these. I did once, but the plant was very invasive, overtaking whatever little space I had, covering all my other plants, so I had to discard it, very disappointed, but I had no other choice!
    Having it with egg meringue sounds really good!

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  2. This is a beautiful dessert treat. Catherine

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  3. patience has borne fruit, literally! your plant/tree seems to be growing strong and healthy, and it looks like it'll supply you with a lot more fruits for fun recipes for years to come :)

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  4. Yen this reminds so so much of Australia, and I am a bit homesick now thinking of passionfruit and meringues. I absolutely love this!!!

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  5. Hi Yen, these passion fruit with meringues looked very inviting !

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  6. I love this classic combo! And aren't passionfruit flowers just so pretty! How lovely to get fresh fruit :D

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  7. how amazing that you can grow these! Miss T has been into meringue lately calling them 'more rangs' when she wants more of them. x

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  8. I like anything made of passion fruit. Such a refreshing fruit and glad to see your tree is fruiting.

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