Nutella-filled Merveilleux
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Serves: about 6 cakes
 
Light, airy meringues, filled with Nutella, and covered in homemade whipped cream and rich chocolate shavings.
Ingredients
  • FOR THE MERINGUES
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt
  • FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Plus, about 6 tablespoons Nutella, or other chocolate hazelnut spread
  • ½ cup to 1 cup chocolate shavings, sprinkles, or chips
Instructions
  1. TO MAKE THE MERINGUES: In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, whisk together the egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar, and salt. Place the bowl on top of a medium sauce pan filled with a couple of inches of barely simmering water and set over medium heat. Gently whisk the mixture constantly until the sugar dissolves, about 10 minutes. Transfer the bowl to the standing mixer (if you're not using a standing mixer, just remove the bowl from heat and use a handheld mixer), and whisk the mixture on high until stiff peaks form.
  2. Pipe or spoon neatly about 3 tablespoons servings of meringue on the prepared baking sheets, about an inch apart.
  3. Bake cookies (at 350 degrees) for 10 minutes, reduce temperature to 175 degrees (80C), and continue baking for 1½ hours, until cookies are crisp but not brown. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.
  4. TO MAKE THE WHIPPED CREAM: In a medium bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, whisk the cream and sugar together on high speed. Once peaks begin to form, add the vanilla and continue whisking until stiff peaks form.
  5. ASSEMBLE: Once the meringues are cooled, spread Nutella on top of half of them. Stack a plain meringue on top of each Nutella covered meringue. Frost the stacked meringues with whipped cream and cover generously in chocolate shavings. If desired, top with a candied or maraschino cherry. *Serve or refrigerate immediately. (The whipped cream will cause the meringues to wilt if left out too long.)
Recipe by Bakingdom at http://bakingdom.com/2015/02/nutella-filled-merveilleux.html