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Monday, June 25, 2012

Sweet Mouthfuls: Boccone Dolce

Sara St. Clair baked this delicious dessert and I begged the recipe.  It won a first prize for her and won the raves of all her friends. It needs to set for 8 hours, so plan ahead.

Line a cookie sheet with 3 ½ inch circles of waxed paper.  You will need a total of 20.  Preheat oven to 250˚. Beat:
4 egg whites, room temperature
pinch of salt
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
until stiff.  Gradually beat in:
1 cup granulated sugar
Continue beating until meringue is stiff and glossy.  Spread meringue over waxed paper circle about ½ inch thick.  Bake 40-45 minutes until meringue is pale and golden, but still pliable.  Remove from oven and carefully peel waxed paper from bottom of meringues.  Cool on racks.

chocolate filling

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons water
and spread over 10 of the cooled meringues.

whipped cream
Whip:   3 cups whipping cream
until stiff and gradually add:
⅓ cup granulated sugar
Continue to beat until very stiff. Spread ¾ inch layer of whipped cream on top of each chocolate topped meringue.  Top with a layer of:

sliced strawberries (1 pint total)
Place a plain meringue on top of the berries.  Frost the top and sides with whipped cream.  Place in refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.  Makes 10.

I made a mini version of these this weekend.  I have some leftover meringue shells (vacherin) and I filled them with ice cream and topped them with strawberries and hot fudge sauce.  
We are all holding our breath, hoping that Lucy's date will be a winner.  How can she .find so many losers?  Dirk is single, employed and no obvious addictions...could this finally be Mr. Right?  They are headed to the strawberry festival dance.  Lucy looks like a strong contender for Strawberry Princess in her cotton rose print with  removable shawl.

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