Next to Macaroons, Chef Jamie Geller thinks meringues are probably the most inherently Pesach-friendly dessert you will find. She loves taking a year-round favorite, and not having to worry about making special adjustments. Fold in some cocoa powder and serve with a dipping sauce (made from jam and lemon juice) and upgrade these to a fab closer of your holiday meal.
Chocolate Meringue Stars with Raspberry Sauce
- Prep time: 15
- Cook time: 120
- Ready time: 2 hour, 15 min
- 2large egg whites, at room temperature
- 4 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- 3 teaspoons cocoa powder, sifted
- pinch kosher salt
For Dipping Sauce
- 1/2 cup raspberry jam
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Preheat oven to 200°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
With an electric mixer, beat egg whites until it just holds soft peaks. With mixer running, add a tablespoon of sugar at a time, beating on high until stiff, glossy peaks hold. Gently fold in salt and cocoa powder.
Transfer meringue to a pastry bag fitted with a ½-inch star tip. Pipe 1-inch wide stars about ½-inch apart until you have used all the meringue. If you don’t have a pastry bag or tips, you can fill a gallon Ziploc and trim the tip off. Pipe small circles as you would with a pastry bag.
Bake 1 ½ to 2 hours or until meringues are dry and crisp. Turn the oven off and cool in the oven with the door propped open for 1 hour.
In a small bowl, combine jam with lemon juice and stir to loosen. If still too thick, add a few drops of water until jam is the right consistency to use as a dipping sauce.
Recipe courtesy of Jamie Geller, who is the author of the best-selling Quick & Kosher cookbook series, creator of the Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller magazine and host of the popular Quick & Kosher cooking show online at youtube.com/joyofkosher and on-air on JLTV.