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Strawberry meringue holiday wreath makes the most delicious dessert for the holidays! Inspired by classic pavlova, this meringue-based dessert features a crisp Swiss meringue wreath topped with vanilla whipped cream and homemade strawberry sauce.

Strawberry Meringue Holiday Wreath

Naturally gluten free, this festive meringue wreath is light and fluffy with gorgeous layers. Top the wreath with fresh strawberries or mixed berries and mint leaves as the perfect showstopper dessert for your holiday table.

Strawberry Meringue Holiday Wreath

Tips for Perfect Meringue

  • For this recipe, you’ll need 5 large egg whites. Separate cold eggs straight out of the refrigerator. It’s easier to separate cold eggs when the yolk is firm and less likely to break apart.
  • Separate the egg whites from the yolks in two clean bowls before adding the egg whites to the mixer bowl. This prevents any egg shell or traces of egg yolk from being mixed in with the egg whites.
  • Use clean and dry utensils and bowls. I prefer whipping egg whites in a clean, stainless steel mixer bowl for the best results.
  • For Swiss meringue (as we’re making here), combine the egg whites and sugar in the mixer bowl and heat together over a pan of gently simmering water. Whisk until the sugar completely dissolves and the mixture reaches 160°F.
  • Once the mixture reaches 160°F, transfer the bowl to a stand mixer fitted with a wire whip attachment. Starting on low and increasing to medium-high speed, whisk until stiff peaks begin to form, about 6 minutes. Turn off the mixer and add cream of tartar, cornstarch, and vanilla extract. Cream of tartar and cornstarch work together to make a meringue with a crisp shell and soft, fluffy center. Vanilla extract flavors the meringue.
  • Mix in cream of tartar, cornstarch, and vanilla on low speed to combine, then increase speed to medium-high and continue beating 2-3 more minutes until the mixture is fluffy and glossy and forms stiff peaks.

Strawberry Meringue Holiday Wreath

How to Make Strawberry Meringue Holiday Wreath

Prepare – Preheat oven to 225°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Wreath Outline – To create an outline for the wreath shape, use a 9-inch bowl to trace a 9-inch circle onto the parchment. Use a smaller 4-inch bowl to trace a 4-inch circle in the center of the 9-inch circle.

Swiss Meringue – Make the Swiss meringue as directed, beating until the mixture is fluffy and glossy and forms stiff peaks.

Shape Wreath – Use a clean rubber spatula to drop overlapping dollops of meringue inside the wreath outline. Use the back of a spoon to gently shape the meringue into a wreath shape.

Bake – Bake wreath for 2 hours until dry and crisp. Keep the oven door shut throughout the baking process. After 2 hours, turn off the oven and prop open the oven door with a wooden spoon. Allow the meringue to gradually cool inside the oven for 1 1/2 hours. Remove meringue from oven and loosen from the parchment with a thin metal spatula (meringue should release easily from the parchment paper). Let cool completely, 20 to 30 minutes.

Strawberry Sauce – Combine 1 1/2 cups strawberries, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a medium heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes until berries are soft and sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl to cool completely. Once cool, fold in remaining 1/2 cup sliced strawberries. The sauce can also be made with raspberries or mixed berries.

Vanilla Whipped Cream – Pour cold heavy cream into a chilled mixer bowl fitted with wire whip attachment. Add powdered sugar and whip on medium speed until cream begins to thicken, then add vanilla and whip the cream on medium-high speed until medium peaks form.

Assemble Wreath – Spread whipped cream over the cooled meringue and top with spoonfuls of strawberry sauce. Garnish with sliced strawberries and mint leaves and serve immediately.

Make Ahead – Strawberry sauce can be made 1-2 days in advance and refrigerated until ready to use. The meringue wreath can be baked one day ahead and stored in an airtight container overnight. Assemble wreath just before serving.

Strawberry Meringue Holiday Wreath

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Strawberry Meringue Holiday Wreath

Strawberry Meringue Holiday Wreath

  • Author: Laura | Tutti Dolci
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake

Description

Strawberry meringue holiday wreath topped with whipped cream and homemade strawberry sauce makes a beautiful gluten free holiday dessert!


Ingredients

Meringue

  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Strawberry Sauce

  • 2 cups sliced strawberries, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Topping

  • Sliced strawberries
  • Fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 225°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a 9-inch bowl to trace a 9-inch circle onto the parchment. Use a smaller 4-inch bowl to trace a 4-inch circle in the center of the 9-inch circle – this is the outline of the meringue wreath.
  2. For the meringue, combine egg whites and sugar in a mixer bowl and place the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Heat mixture to 160°F while whisking constantly to dissolve the sugar, about 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer mixer bowl to stand mixer fitted with wire whip attachment. Starting on low and increasing to medium-high speed, whisk until stiff peaks begin to form, about 6 minutes. Turn off the mixer and add cream of tartar, cornstarch, and vanilla. Mix in on low speed to combine, then increase speed to medium-high and continue beating 2-3 more minutes until the mixture is fluffy and glossy and forms stiff peaks.
  4. Spoon 1/4 teaspoon of meringue onto each corner of the rimmed baking sheet to secure the parchment paper. Use a clean rubber spatula to drop overlapping dollops of meringue inside the wreath outline. Use the back of a spoon to gently shape the meringue into a wreath shape.
  5. Bake wreath for 2 hours until dry and crisp. Keep the oven door shut throughout the baking process. After 2 hours, turn off the oven and prop open the oven door with a wooden spoon. Allow the meringue to gradually cool inside the oven for 1 1/2 hours. Remove meringue from oven and loosen from the parchment with a thin metal spatula (meringue should release easily from the parchment paper). Let cool completely, 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, make the strawberry sauce. Combine 1 1/2 cups strawberries, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a medium heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes until berries are soft and sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl to cool completely. Once cool, fold in remaining 1/2 cup sliced strawberries.
  7. For the vanilla whipped cream, pour heavy cream into a chilled mixer bowl fitted with wire whip attachment. Add powdered sugar and whip on medium speed until cream begins to thicken. Add vanilla and whip the cream on medium-high speed until medium peaks form.
  8. To assemble the wreath, spread whipped cream over the cooled meringue and top with spoonfuls of strawberry sauce. Garnish with sliced strawberries and mint leaves and serve immediately.


Notes

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Make ahead: Strawberry sauce can be made 1-2 days in advance and refrigerated until ready to use. Meringue wreath can be baked 1 day ahead and stored in an airtight container overnight. Assemble wreath just before serving.

Keywords: Strawberry, Meringue, Swiss Meringue, Pavlova, Holiday Dessert

Our best holiday desserts:

Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake
Gingerbread Bundt Cake
Cranberry White Chocolate Cakes

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