Tipsy strawberries

Peggy Bright


Strawberries make a fantastic dessert and are so easy to prepare. This recipe has been created for the Ready Set Cook 2018, a game played by friends from the original Recipezaar website.

Please note: 3 hours of the prep time are hands and effort-free. They involve macerating the strawberries and allowing the meringues to dry in the oven after baking.


★★★★★ 3 votes

3 Hr 30 Min
40 Min


  • 1 lb
    (500 grams) fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1/4 c
    (60 ml) cointreau or other orange-flavoured liqueur
  • 1/2 c
    (125 ml) whipping cream
  • 8
  • 4 Tbsp
    icing/confectioner's sugar + more for dusting
  • 1/4 c
    pecans, chopped (optional)

  • 4
    egg whites
  • 7–8 oz
    (220 grams) caster/superfine sugar

How to Make Tipsy strawberries


  1. Prepare the strawberries:
    Put the strawberries in a non-reactive bowl and add the Cointreau. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 3 hours, stirring often.
  2. Prepare the meringues while the strawberries macerate:
    Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C).
    Beat egg whites on low speed, until the eggs are foamy and starting to bubble. Increase speed to high for 2–3 minutes or until soft peaks form.
    Add the superfine/caster sugar, a tablespoon at a time, and continue beating on high for 2–3 minutes. By this stage the mixture should be stiff and glossy. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
    Spoon mixture onto the tray, making 8 meringues.
    Reduce oven temperature to 285°F (140°C) and bake for 35–40 minutes. Leave in oven (turned off) for 2–3 hours to dry out.
  3. To assemble:
Roughly break each meringue into 3–4 pieces and put them on a serving platter.
    Put the cream in a grease-free bowl and use a hand-held mixer to whip. Add the confectioner's/icing sugar, a little at a time, as you whip until the mixture forms soft peaks.
    Spoon the cream over the meringue pieces then arrange the strawberries on top, along with a tablespoon or two of the macerating juice. Dust liberally with the extra icing sugar and sprinkle with chopped pecans (if using) just before serving.

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About Tipsy strawberries

Course/Dish: Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American

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