Giant Pistachio Meringue

Photography by Angie Norwood Browne

Giant Meringues

adapted from Ottolenghi, the Cookbook


Orange Flower Water and Pistachio Meringues

3 cups superfine sugar

10 large egg whites

2 teaspoons orange flower water

Pinch salt

1/2 cup finely chopped pistachio nuts


1 Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spread the sugar evenly over a parchment lined baking sheet. Place in the oven for about 8 minutes or until the sugar is hot and beginning to dissolve around the edges.

2. While the sugar is in the oven, place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. When the sugar is almost hot enough, turn the mixer to high and mix until the whites begin to froth.

3. With the mixer running, gradually pour the sugar into the whites, add the orange flower water and salt and continue whisking for 10 minutes or until the meringue is cold and keeps it’s shape.

4. Turn down the oven to 225°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment and stick the parchment to the sheets with dollops of meringue on the bottom of the sheet. Place the pistachios in a pie plate.

5. With 2 large kitchen spoons, shape large dollops of meringue and roll onto the pistachios. Place on the baking sheets leaving 1-inch space between the dollops. Bake 2 hours. The outside should be firm while the inside is still soft. Let cool and eat!

Food Styling by Jean Galton


About anbphoto

I never thought I'd start a blog because I'm not a writer. I am a Southern Catholic girl, a commercial food Photographer and an avid gardener. I have always wanted to journal my garden; growing food (fruit, herbs and vegetables), photographing ingredients from earth to plate and sharing the recipes I love. Someone suggested that I forget about all the writing and simply share my photographs and recipes. Perfect! My blog is an exploration of home gardening and cooking, so here is a little history of me and how "Stray Cats and Blackberries" came about. Born and raised in Alabama, my love for food lies in Southern cuisine. I learned early on that life is a party revolving around friends and family sharing food and wine. Backyard Summer bbqs, black eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's Day or ham and chocolate on Easter are just a few favorite Southern traditions I love sharing. I became fascinated with gardening when my husband and I bought our first house. I am a mother, a wife and someone who appreciates the little treasures and traditions in life. My garden started as an empty parking lot behind a Mom & Pop grocery store that my husband and I bought and renovated into a photography studio. While my husband put on his carpenter pants I put on my gardening gloves. Thirteen dumpsters at three tons each and nearly three years later I had a plantable space to sew seeds. I have been a food photographer and gardener for over 20 years and love the idea of merging my passions by growing food, photographing my harvest and sharing recipes with you. Enjoy

One comment


    Beautiful pictures Miss A.N. B. !

    Sent from my iPad

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