Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Toasted Almond Meringue Cloud

These almond meringues taste decadent, but are actually low in fat and calories

1 1/4 cups (300 mL) sliced almonds
1 cup (250 mL) egg whites
1 cup (250 mL) sugar
1 cup (250 mL) confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) salt

Makes 15-18 clouds
Active time: 10 minutes
Start to finish time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Preheat oven to 200°F (98°C). Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Place almonds in a single layer in a dry skillet, and turn heat to medium. Toast, stirring occasionally, until almonds are fragrant (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Using a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip egg whites on medium speed to soft peaks, about 1 to 2 minutes. With the mixer running, add granulated sugar in three parts, waiting 20 seconds between additions. Using a rubber spatula, fold in confectioners’ sugar and salt. Fold in 1 cup (250 mL) of toasted almonds.

Using a slotted spoon, scoop out large oval-shaped mounds of meringue and place on the lined sheet pan. Sprinkle meringue clouds with remaining toasted almonds. Bake for two hours. Turn off oven. Leave clouds to dry overnight in the oven. Remove clouds from the tray and store in an airtight container for up to three days.

Per serving for 18 servings:

112 calories
3 g total fat
0 g saturated fat
2 g monounsaturated fat
1 g polyunsaturated fat
19 g carbohydrate
3 g protein
0 mg cholesterol
1 g fibre
20 mg calcium
19 mg magnesium
90 mg sodium
68 mg potassium
1.6 mg vitamin E

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