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Holiday Berry Meringue Wreath {Festive Dessert Recipe}

Berry Meringue Wreath Recipe

A berry meringue dessert is light enough for spring but beautiful enough for a holiday party too! Meringue is topped with whipped topping and berries for a delectable treat.

Serve this recipe at brunch or your holiday or Christmas party, it’s sure to disappear fast!

berry meringue dessert

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A berry meringue wreath is a beautiful dessert to serve at a Christmas or holiday party. You could serve it any time of year for a fancy touch.

This is not the easiest recipe to make as making meringue and whipped topping can be a bit difficult. If you’ve never made them before I recommend you have extra ingredients on hand in case something doesn’t turn out right the first time.

The final dish will serve 10-12 people depending on how big you cut the pieces.

Ingredients

holiday meringue wreath ingredients

Meringue Ingredients:

  • 8 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Whipped topping ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream, cold

Berry topping ingredients:

  • 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce (14oz)
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries

You could use frozen berries if fresh are not available. You’ll want to thaw them fully before serving this dessert.

Additional items needed:

  • parchment paper
  • Stand mixer (like a Kitchenaid) or hand mixer
  • Optional: Mint leaves for garnish

How to Make this recipe

Prep Work

1 – Preheat the oven to 225

2 – First you’ll need to prepare your parchment paper. Place a piece on a baking tray and use 2 bowls of 2 different sizes to create a wreath template. (Use something dark enough to show through onto the other side.)

circle on parchment paper

3 – Flip the parchment over so you can see your lines but aren’t actually going to get any pencil or marker in your food.

Meringue

4 – First you’ll need to separate all your egg yolks from egg whites. You’ll want only the whites for your meringue, you can discard the yolks.

5 – Place the egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt in a bowl and mix on medium speed until light and foamy.

6 – Add the powdered sugar one scoop at a time while continuing to mix until it’s all been added and the batter forms stiff peaks, this should take about 15 minutes.

meringue mixture stiff peaks

Don’t go beyond stiff peaks or your batter may collapse. It’s important to mix it on medium speed as the peaks won’t form if you’re mixing too slowly.

7 – Fill in the wreath shape with dollops of the batter. Smooth it very slightly and gently on the top.

circle of meringue mixture on parchment

8 – Place in the oven on the middle rack for 2 hours or until the outside is dry. Then allow it to rest at room temperature until completely cooled.

Prepare Berry Topping

9 – Gently fold the blueberries and raspberries into the cranberry sauce. Refrigerate the mixture until you’re ready to serve the dessert.

berries in a bowl

Prepare Whipped Topping

Between the meringue and the berry topping will be a layer of delicious whipped topping.

10 – Make the whipped topping by beating the heavy cream until soft peaks form.

Whipped topping in bowl

Beat the cream on medium/high to high setting or the peaks won’t form.

If you want to speed up this step you could use cool whip in place of your own whipped topping.

Combine into a beautiful dessert

Combine close to when you expect to serve your dessert. You don’t want to leave the wetter items on your meringue for too long before it’s eaten.

11 – Spoon the whipped topping over the meringue in an even layer and top with the berry mixture.

berries on white meringue

Garnish with additional berries or mint leaves if desired.

berry meringue wreath

Can I make it ahead of time?

You can prepare parts of this ahead of time but try to make it the night before or day of as several of the ingredients are a bit fragile.

Meringue – Store the meringue in an air tight container if possible. If the weather is humid you’ll want to make it closer to serving time as moisture in the air will degrade your meringue.

Berry Topping – Store the topping in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Whipped Topping – Store the topping in your fridge until ready to use. You can make it a day ahead of time if necessary.

How to store leftovers

Unfortunately, this is one dessert that isn’t going to store well. Once you introduce moisture to the meringue by topping it with whipped cream and berries it’s going to start to degrade.

If you want to serve it over a longer period of time you could make individual meringues and have people top their own as they are ready to eat it.

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Yield: 10-12 servings

Berry Meringue Dessert Recipe

meringue with berry topping

Delicious meringue topped with berry topping. A beautiful and delicious dessert.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

Meringue

  • 8 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Whipped Topping

  • 1 cup heavy cream, cold

Berry Topping

  • 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce (14oz)
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees
    2. Prepare a piece of parchment paper by laying it on a baking tray and using 2 bowls of 2 different sizes to create a wreath template. (Use something dark enough to show through onto the other side.)
    3. Flip the parchment over so you can see your lines through the paper.

    Meringue

    1. First, you'll need to separate all your egg yolks from egg whites.
    2. Place the egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt in a bowl and mix on medium speed until light and foamy.
    3. Add the powdered sugar one scoop at a time while continuing to mix until it's all been added and the batter forms stiff peaks, about 15 minutes.
    4. Fill in the wreath shape with dollops of the batter. Smooth it very slightly and gently on the top.
    5. Place in the oven on the middle rack for 2 hours or until the outside is dry. Then allow it to rest at room temperature until completely cooled.

    Berry Topping

    1. Gently fold the blueberries and raspberries into the cranberry sauce. Refrigerate the mixture until you're ready to serve the dessert.

    Whipped Topping

    1. Make the whipped topping by beating the heavy cream until soft peaks form.

    Combine into a Berry Meringue Dessert

    1. Spoon the whipped topping over the meringue in an even layer and top with the berry mixture.
    2. Garnish with mint leaves if desired




Notes

Moisture will degrade your meringue so you don't want to top it until just before you are ready to serve the dessert.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 299Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 146mgSodium: 152mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 2gSugar: 43gProtein: 5g

Nutrition is a rough estimate. Will vary based on exact products and quantities used.

Berry Meringue Christmas Wreath Dessert

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