strawberry meringue daring pairing

I’ve been inspired by Rachel Ashwell’s design style, Shabby Chic, for a long time. In her book– which sits in the middle of my coffee table- she says, “Comfort, the beauty of imperfection, the allure of time-worn objects, and the appeal of simple, practical living: These are the cornerstones of…the Shabby Chic style.”

[Photo Credit: Country Cottage One]

If a comfy sun-drenched room- casually draped with strawberry and cream colored accents-  is the place to enjoy a long summer night, isn’t a light and fluffy strawberry meringue the perfect dessert to enjoy there?

[Photo Credit: Taste of Home]

Strawberry Meringue Pie [via cooks.com]

For meringue: 
  •  4 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 c. sugar
Beat egg whites until frothy. Add cream of tartar and beat until stiff. Add sugar gradually and beat until stiff and glossy. Pour into pie tin and bake 1 hour at 275 degrees. When cooled add the filling.

For filling: 

  •  1 pt. strawberries
  • Sugar to taste
  • 1/2 pt. cream, beaten

Cut strawberries in quarters and sweeten to taste. Let stand. Drain off juice. Spread meringue with a layer of whipped cream, then the strawberries, then the cream.

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P.S. Check out these Shabby chic accent pieces: Scrollwork CandleholderWooden StandArched-Top Wall Mirror.

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