This is the time of year to make the most of the sweetest of fresh strawberries available in our farmer's markets and "pick-your-own" farms. I recently found a small patch of wild strawberries in a hedgerow on our upstate New York farm - what a treat!
Here is a simple way to use sweet summer strawberries:
Sweetheart Meringue Tarts with Fresh Strawberries
1 c Sugar 1/2 tsp Baking powder 1/8 tsp Salt 3 ea Egg whites 1 tsp Vanilla 1 tsp Vinegar 1 tsp Water Fresh sliced strawberries
Sift the sugar with the baking powder and salt. Combine the egg whites, vanilla, vinegar, and water. Add the sugar mixture, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, to the egg whites, alternating with a few drops of the liquid, beating constantly. When all combined, continue to beat for several minutes. Place large spoonfuls on baking sheet and shape into shallow cups. Bake at 225 degrees F. for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove the meringues form the sheet quickly and cool them on rack. Once cooled, fill with the sliced strawberries.
Please enjoy these sweet depictions of strawberries...