Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. Plums

  2. 1 1/2 lbs 681g / 24oz Plums - halved, pitted,

  3. And sliced 1/4" thick

  4. 1/2 cup 99g / 3 1/2oz Sugar

  5. 1 tablespoon 15ml Fresh lemon juice

  6. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Ground cardamom

  7. Meringues

  8. 4 Egg whites (large)

  9. 1/4 teaspoon 1 1/3ml Cream of tartar

  10. 1 cup 198g / 7oz Sugar

  11. 2 teaspoons 10ml Cornstarch

  12. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Apple cider vinegar

  13. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Vanilla extract

  14. 1/4 teaspoon 1 1/3ml Ground cardamom

  15. Topping

  16. 1 1/2 cups 355ml Chilled creme fraiche - seeNote

  17. 2 tablespoons 30ml Sugar

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. * Note: Sold at some supermarkets. If unavailable, heat 1 1/2 cups whipping cream to lukewarm (85 degrees). Remove from heat and mix in 3 tablespoons buttermilk. Cover and let stand in warm draft-free area until slightly thickened, 24 to 48 hours. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. For Plums: Combine all ingredients in large skillet; toss to coat. Cover and cook over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Uncover and cook until plums are tender but still hold shape, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes longer; cool to room temperature. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Transfer to bowl. Cover and chill.)

  3. For Meringues: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in large bowl 1 minute. Add cream of tartar. Continue to beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating until whites are thick and resemble marshmallow creme, about 5 minutes. Beat in cornstarch, vinegar, vanilla, and cardamom. Drop meringue onto prepared sheet in 6 mounds, spaced 3 inches apart. Using back of spoon, make depression in center of each.

  4. Place meringues in oven. Immediately reduce temperature to 250 degrees. Bake until meringues are dry outside (but centers remain soft) and pale straw color and lift easily from parchment, about 50 minutes. Cool on sheet on rack. (Can be made 8 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)

  5. For Topping: Beat crème fraîche and sugar in medium bowl until peaks form. Refrigerate up to 2 hours.

  6. Place meringues on plates. Spoon plum mixture into center depression. Spoon topping and any plum juices over.

  7. This recipe yields 6 servings.


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