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For this riff on cookie salad—the Midwestern dessert made with store-bought cookies, whipped topping, and canned fruit—Molly Yeh swaps in meringue shingles, rosemary-infused pastry cream, and mandarin orange segments.

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Meringue Salad Meringue Salad
For this riff on cookie salad, Molly Yeh swaps in meringue shingles, rosemary-infused pastry cream, and mandarin orange segments, for an easy, elegant dessert.
Yield: serves 6
Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated, plus 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp. mandarin zest, plus 6 mandarin oranges, peeled and separated into segments
  • 12 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 34 cups heavy cream
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 14 tsp. kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place 34 cup sugar on a separate parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake until beginning to color at edges, 6–7 minutes; reduce heat to 225°. Meanwhile in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk, beat egg whites on medium until foamy, about 5 minutes. Increase speed to medium-high and gradually add hot sugar to egg whites until combined; add zest and vanilla and beat until meringue is cool and glossy, about 5 minutes more. Spread meringue onto prepared baking sheet into a 34-inch-thick rectangle; bake until crisp and slightly golden, about 2 12 hours. Cool, then break into 1 12-inch pieces.
  2. Cook cream and rosemary in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-low, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes. Strain cream through a fine sieve into a bowl; reserve 1 cup cream. Cover and chill remaining cream. Combine remaining sugar, the flour, and salt in saucepan; whisk in egg yolks. While whisking, gradually stir in reserved 1 cup cream; cook over medium, stirring constantly, until thickened, 3–4 minutes. Transfer pastry cream to a bowl and press plastic wrap directly onto surface; chill for 1 hour.
  3. Beat remaining cream in a bowl until stiff peaks form; fold in pastry cream, then three-quarters each meringue pieces and mandarin segments. Transfer to a serving platter and top with remaining meringue pieces and mandarin segments.

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