Kiwiberry and Lemon Mini Meringues

Kiwiberry and Lemon Mini Meringues

NERGI® kiwi berries are a new berry fruit I have never seen before, how about you?

They may look like baby kiwis but they are actually an unrelated kind of berry that has been grown in Asia for several hundred years. Since 2013 they have been grown in France, Portugal, Italy and the Netherlands too.

NERGI kiwi berries in a basket

The kiwi berry season runs from September until the beginning of November so they should be arriving in the shops in the UK around about now.

These naturally sweet kiwi berries are handy and easy to eat, as no peeling is required. They have a very thin skin so are perfect for snacking. Y

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When I tried them, I was struck by their delicate flavour, and I decided to pair my NERGI® kiwi berries with lemon zest, light creme fraiche and lemon-flavoured meringues to create a light and zesty dessert. Read on for the recipe for my kiwiberry and lemon mini meringues.

Kiwiberry and Lemon Mini Meringues

Kiwiberry and lemon meringues

Little meringues with lemon and kiwi berry filling, with creme fraiche
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 124kcal
Author: bakingqueen74

Ingredients

For the mini meringues (makes 6):

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 60 g caster sugar
  • 50 g icing sugar
  • 0.5 tsp organic lemon extract

For the toppings:

  • 1 pack of kiwi berries
  • 150 ml light creme fraiche
  • zest of a lemon

Instructions

  • To make the meringues, whisk the egg whites at medium speed using an electric hand mixer until they form soft peaks.
  • Add the caster sugar one spoon at a time and continue to whisk at high speed. The meringue should be smooth and glossy.
  • Fold in the icing sugar one third at a time.
  • Add the lemon extract and combine gently.
  • Using a large spoon, form 6 small meringue nests on a lined baking tray.
  • Bake at 100 degrees in a fan oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, until the meringues are firm.
  • Leave the meringues to cool.
  • Using a fork, mash a few of the kiwi berries gently to make puree.
  • Spoon creme fraiche onto each meringue nest, followed by a little of the kiwi berry puree.
  • To finish, slice a kiwi berry in half for each meringue and place on top. Add lemon zest on top of each to serve.
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Disclosure: I received a pack of NERGI® kiwi berries and payment to create a recipe but all views are my own.



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They sound very intriguing Lucy! Never heard of them but want to give them a go now. Going to keep an eye out…

I’ve never heard of kiwi berries before either, though they do look like their name sake despite not being related. They even look a bit like a green cherry tomato, or is that just me. I love that you’ve teamed them with a meringue. They sound lovely, I shall have to keep my eyes peeled for some.
Angela x

what an interesting and unusual fruit! I love what you have done with them. x

These look absolutely amazing! I’ve never heard of kiwi berries but I will definitely be looking out for them now!x

Your mini meringues look delicious Lucy. I love lemon & I can’t wait to try the new kiwi berries.

They look delicious, I would love to try them 🙂

They look lovely Lucy, so pretty. Hadn’t heard of KiwiBerries before but will look out for them!

I love the kiwi berries! So sweet and easy to snack on. They are perfect for desserts (although I used mine in a cocktail!)

I love kiwis but have never tried kiwiberries. I must try and find them. Your recipe looks delicious

These are adorable Lucy, I really enjoyed my kiwiberries – Cannot wait to get some more.

I have never tried kiwiberries before but they sound and look really good! I love meringue with cream looks very delicious!