If you haven't quite decided which dessert to serve on Easter, take a look at this. This would be the perfect finishing touch to your Easter dinner!
I first tried this last summer at a friends house. Unable to get the original recipe I started searching for something similar and was thrilled when I found this version. I seem to like every dessert I try, but this may be the most scrumptious dessert I've ever had. The meringue is truly like a cloud in your mouth. The filling is similar to cheesecake, but lighter, and it is just perfect with the meringue. Then, as if that is not heavenly enough, adding the fresh fruit, lemon zest, and a splash of lemon juice to the pie filling takes it over the top! This is the perfect spring/summer dessert!
You can substitute cherry pie filling if you prefer. You can also add fresh blueberries or fresh raspberries instead of the strawberries, or add all three! I hope you'll give this delicious dessert a try, it is sure to impress!
Berries on a Cloud
6 egg whites
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 3/4 c. sugar
2 (3-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. whipping cream
2 c. miniature marshmallows
1 (21-oz.) can blueberry pie filling
2 c. fresh strawberries
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest
Heat oven to 275°. Grease bottom and sides of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish, set aside.
In a large bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt with electric mixer on high speed until foamy. Beat in 1 3/4 c. sugar, 1 tbsp. at a time; continue beating until stiff and glossy. Do not underbeat. Spread in pan.
Bake 1 hour. Turn off oven; leave meringue in oven with door closed for 12 hours.
In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, 1 c. sugar, and vanilla until smooth. In a chilled medium bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff. Fold whipped cream and marshmallows into cream cheese mixture. Spread evenly over meringue. Refrigerate at least 12 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
In a medium bowl, mix all topping ingredients until well blended. Spoon over individual servings of dessert. Store in refrigerator.