This elegant valentine meringue looks like a masterpiece, but is simple to make.  Light and delicate, these individual hearts are topped with a cream cheese layer and fruit.

Yields6 Servings
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins

 3 Nature's Yoke egg whites
 ¼ tsp cream of tartar
 ¾ cup sugar
FILLING:
 3 oz cream cheese, softened
 ¼ cup powdered sugar
 ½ tsp vanilla extract
 1 cup whipping cream, whipped
 1 can strawberry pie filling (21 oz.)

1

In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form.

2

Gradually add sugar, 1 T. at a time, beating until very stiff peaks form.

3

Cover a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Spoon meringue into six piles onto foil. Using the back of a spoon, form each meringue into the shape of a heart, building up the edges slightly. Bake at 275 F. for 1 hour.

4

Turn oven off and do not open door. Let cool in oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven; cool completely.

5

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Fold in whipped cream until mixture is well blended.

6

Place a heart on individual plates; fill with cream cheese mixture and top with pie filling.

Ingredients

 3 Nature's Yoke egg whites
 ¼ tsp cream of tartar
 ¾ cup sugar
FILLING:
 3 oz cream cheese, softened
 ¼ cup powdered sugar
 ½ tsp vanilla extract
 1 cup whipping cream, whipped
 1 can strawberry pie filling (21 oz.)

Directions

1

In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form.

2

Gradually add sugar, 1 T. at a time, beating until very stiff peaks form.

3

Cover a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Spoon meringue into six piles onto foil. Using the back of a spoon, form each meringue into the shape of a heart, building up the edges slightly. Bake at 275 F. for 1 hour.

4

Turn oven off and do not open door. Let cool in oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven; cool completely.

5

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Fold in whipped cream until mixture is well blended.

6

Place a heart on individual plates; fill with cream cheese mixture and top with pie filling.

Valentine Meringue