Thursday, February 18, 2010

Love on a Cloud

Our traditional Valentine's Day dessert

3 large egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
2 cup cool whip
1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)
1 can cherry pie filling
1 cup mini marshmallows (optional)

Heat oven to 275*F.  Cover baking sheet with heavy brown paper (grocery bag); draw outline of heart, 9 in across greatest width, on paper.  Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy.  Beat in 3/4 cup of sugar 1Tbsp at a time; continue beating until stiff and glossy.  Do not underbeat.  Spoon meringue into outline on paper, building up sides.
Bake 1 1/2 hours.  Turn off oven; leave meringue in oven with door closed 1 hour.  Remove from oven; finish cooling away from draft.

Blend cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and extract.  Fold in cool whip and marshmallows.  Pile into meringue shell.  Cover and chill.  Just before serving top with pie filling.  Cut and serve.  Enjoy!

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