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Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Strawberry Glory for SHF #45

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I like to make meringues in the summer, they go well with the fruits that are available and you can store them in an airtight container for a good few weeks, if not longer.

Balsamic vinegar is the perfect partner to strawberries, and when I read that Brilynn was roasting her strawberries with balsamic, I had to give it a go. More than one go, three goes actually!

Can I say... A M A Z I N G?

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Last week, on the F Word, Gordon Ramsay made a dessert called Strawberry Glory. He fried his strawberries with some icing sugar and balsamic vinegar, then layered them in a glass with meringues and crème pâtissière. Here's my version.

Layer the following in a glass:

Brilynn's Balsamic roasted strawberries (which she adapted from
Zoë Bakes)
Whipping cream that has been whipped to soft peaks
Crushed meringues

Repeat layers, and add a spoonful of vanilla ice cream on the top.

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I am sending the Strawberry Glory over to Susan at Food Blogga, who is hosting this month's Sugar High Friday - the theme is berries. This event was created by Jennifer at The Domestic Goddess. You can see all the previous themes here.

The meringue photo is my entry into this month's Snackshots, hosted by Michelle at Greedy Gourmet.

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40 comments:

Jan said...

Wow - Love the look of that Nic! Great pictures too!

Ann said...

That looks so decadent!

CollyWolly said...

Oh GLORY!!! This looks divine. Will have to wait until summer, its midwinter & I really like to use seasonal strawbs, not the tasteless imports we are finding on the shelves, and at such a price too :( Those are some hot looking meringue mammas!!! Could crunch one or two of those right now. How do you get them that lovely shape Nic? Tx, Colleen

Raquel said...

Wow! That looks fantastic! Great use of berries, Nic!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

Heaven in a glass. What is beautiful creation...must have been divine to eat.

Aran said...

great use of meringues... light and summery!

Beth said...

Looks delicious. I saw good old Gordon create this - balsamic v and strawberries is an amazing combo!

Lisa said...

I was already planning to make meringue cookies today and, now that you mention it, I have lots of fruit on hand. Not strawberries, but sweet local raspberries and blueberries. While I can't try the balsamic/strawberry combo, I'm sure there is something quite tasty that will come from your inspiration. Thanks!

Grace said...

all this talk about strawberries and balsamic makes me think i'm really missing out on something. this definitely looks like it's worth a try, and what a great name! :)

LyB said...

Those balsamic strawberries have been on my mind since I saw Brilynn's post! And now you too! And with meringues and ice cream, I'll have to brave the heat and turn on the oven! :)

Bellini Valli said...

This does sound like something I should give a go Nic!!!!!!!!!

Dhanggit said...

i must admit that my world stopped when i saw your photos...this strawberry dessert is indeed glorious!! i love it!

cookinpanda said...

This is quite possibly one of the more exciting things I've seen lately. I always love the combination of strawberries and balsamic. This whole treat really approaches unfamiliar territory for me. I've never made meringues.. but one of these days I'll give it a shot and I'll have to come back to this post to try this.

nicisme said...

Jan - thank you!

Ann - thanks!

Collywolly - I know what you mean about buying fruit out of season!
For the shape, pile the meringue mixture into a piping bag, hold it horizontally (rather than vertically) and as you pipe onto the sheet, swirl you hand in small circles.

Raquel - thank you, I love most berries.

Nina - it was very tasty!

Aran - thank you!

Beth - I quite like some of the desserts that Gordon makes, and yes - it's a great combo!

Lisa - mmmm... I love raspberries and blueberries too.

Grace - not tried that combo? Get to it girl, you'll love it!!

LyB - You could always do them in a pan on the cooker, rather than turn on the oven.

Valli - you should!!!!!!

Dhanggit - thank you so much!

Cookinpanda - thanks, and I hope you do give meringues a go, you can make loads of great desserts with them.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Holy Moly! That looks phenomenally good! I can't believe I saw this before lunch. Egg salad doesn't sound so good anymore after seeing this!

Brilynn said...

That looks awesome!
Those strawberries are so addictive eh? I can't stop making them! I want to try it with other fruit...

Annie & Nate said...

Oh WOW that looks awesome. Balsamic and strawberries go so well together, don't they? I never thought of frying strawberries before but I can see how that would intensify the flavor. The flavor meter must be off the dial!

Megan said...

love the swirl in the meringue! I would have a hard time crushing them when they are so pretty. Looks like perfect weather fpr some Strawberry Glory!

Dragon said...

How decadent and stunning. Strawberry Glory is the perfect name for this dish.

giz said...

Great submission, great pictures and it can't possibly be bad - so simple too

Patricia Scarpin said...

Wow, Nic. I'm speechless - I love the way the layers go together! And the flavor must be amazing, too.

Sue said...

balsamic and strawberries are a combo I wouldn't have ever thought would work.
Seeing all the comments perhaps I will have to give this a go. Great photos Nic!

Robin Sue said...

Wow so many flavors and textures in this dessert, my kind of dessert! Perfect!

miri said...

Dear Nic, the top photo of the meringue is a killer, it's so beautiful! And how refreshing does your dessert look! Strawberries and balsamic vinegar indeed sound great, I'll have to try it sometime.

Shreya said...

Hi.. really fantastic...

Katie said...

Yum that looks wonderful! Great blog :)

nicisme said...

Sticky - eww, I can't stand eggs!

Brilynn - thanks for posting the recipe!

Annie & Nate - thanks so much and thanks for visiting!

Megan - I crushed up the duff ones, ssshhhh!

Dragon - thank you and that is a great name, wish I had made it up!

Giz - thank you!

Patricia - you're speechless? Never!! (Unless you have a mouthful!)

Sue - you should give that combo ago, but use good balsamic!

Robin Sue - thank you!

Miri - thank you my friend!

Shreya - thank you and welcome to my blog!

Katie - thank you and welcome to you too!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

This is a truly glorious dessert, Nicisme! Everything from the name to the airy meringue to tangy balsamic vinegar is making me happy! Thanks for the entry to SHF!

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Fantastic...the flavours are to die for! Lovely entry for both events Nic!

Margaret said...

How could you crush those beautiful meringues!
The strawberry glory looks amazing.

Jude said...

So many beautiful pictures on your blog.. Love the meringue closeup.

Jeanne said...

Glory indeed! And great minds must think alike - wait till you see my entry for snackshots ;-) And I didn't even see the GR show - I just had some cherries & meringue that needed eating... Wonderful pics, as usual.

Tartelette said...

I love layering yogurt, strawberries and balsamic syrup. But this is just perfectly decadent with the meringue!

Kristen said...

This looks fantastic!

Antonia said...

Goodness, that looks so fantastic! I tried the stawberry/balsamic combination for the first time recently and was delighted with the result - so delicious. Roasting the strawbs sounds like a good idea and one that I must try.

Ann said...

I keeeeep reading about balsamic and strawberries, which is clearly a sign that I must try it! I hear it is such a delicious combo...

CollyWolly said...

Thanks so much for the advice Nicisme on how to make the meringues. I am going to try them some time soo. Have to pack up my house and move first hehe!! xx

Alexa said...

This looks so delightful: awesome contrast in texture!

Jeanne said...

You inspired me:

http://www.cooksister.com/2008/08/roasted-strawberries---cmon-everybodys-doing-it.html

Thanks :)

nicisme said...

Susan - thanks for a great round-up!

Deeba - thanks!

Margaret - you gotta do what you gotta do...!

Jude - welcome and thanks so much!

Jeanne - cherries? Mmmmm....

Tartlette - I must try it with the yoghurt!

Kristen - thank you!!

Antonia - thank you and do try the roasting thing!

Ann - come on, you are way behind the times girl!

CollyWolly - you're welcome and good luck with your house move!

Alexa - welcome and thanks for the comment!

Jeanne - yours look fabulous, got any to spare as mine have vanished?!