Berries in a Cloud - Easy Gluten Free Dessert Recipe (2024)

Berries in a Cloud is a heavenly tasting gluten free dessert recipe! Make ahead and assembled in minutes, this sweet treat will impress.

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Alternatively titled “a gluten-free dessert recipe made with normal ingredients” – HA!

Seriously though, a couple months ago I randomly stumbled upon a new Google search tool that helps marketers figure out what people are searching for (and like the true bizness pro I am, I totally forgot to you know, SAVE THE URL!! Oh well, not really my style.) Anyway, after digging around a bit I learned “gluten-free desserts made with normal ingredients” was one of the top searched phrases when it comes to living a gluten-free lifestyle.

Totally relate! When it comes togluten-free desserts, I’m not up for mixing and weighing flours and starches, nor spending an arm and a leg on them. If I can’t make a dessert with aGF all-purpose flour blend, or with store bought ingredients, then it’s usually a no. I’ll grab a gummy worm, thank you very much.

Well, no mixing, weighing, nor any flour required in this irresistable, make-ahead gluten-free dessert recipe that just screams, SPRING!Berries in a Cloud is as simple to make as it is fun look at (and eat, of course!)

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Even if it doesn’t feel like spring where you live yet, I feel like we can practically will some warm weather into existence with this gorgeous dessert featuring crispy meringue cups filled with homemade lemon curd and fresh berries. The colors are a sight for sore eyes and, oh my gosh, they are just so good.

Best of all? The entire recipe – we’re talking both the meringue and lemon curd elements – are made with just 5 everyday ingredients. Six if you include salt but let just not, mmkay? It’s salt! Eggs, sugar, lemons, vanilla, and a few pats of butter (or vegan butter) are all that separate you from this easy yet elegant dessert that’s perfect for all your upcoming spring and summer occasions. Baby/bridal showers, patio dinners, birthday parties and more.

The Berries in a Cloud base – the “cloud”, if you will – is a meringue cup which is simply egg whites whipped with sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt until fluffy like a cloud. Dollop on a baking sheet then bake low and slow for a couple hours and you’ll have meringue that’s crispy on the outside and cotton candy-esque on the inside.Almost pavlova-esque. If you’ve never made meringue before, I promise you’ll fall in love with not only the process but taste that comes from mixing together just 4 everyday ingredients. Incredible!

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The meringue clouds are filled with tart, homemade lemon curd then topped with fresh berries, hence the name – Berries in a Cloud. Truly there are few better things.

Now, I must tell you that Berries in a Cloud is not my creation. A good friend’s Mom (hi Becky!) used to make us girls this dessert for special occasions in high school, though she’d make a giant meringue instead of small cups and fill the center with whippy chocolate mousse before adding fresh berries. I KNOW. I needed to see something that resembled sunshine right now though, which is why I went the lemon curd route, but please know that chocolate mousse or pudding is just as delicious dolloped inside.

Ready to do this?

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How to Make Meringue Cups

Step 1: Whip egg whites.

Start by adding 2 large egg whites to a large glass bowl if you’re using a handheld mixer, or to the bowl of an electric mixer, then let them come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Fit the mixer with the whisk attachment then whip on medium-high speed until the egg whites are foamy, about 30 seconds.

Add a pinch of salt then continue whipping until soft peaks form – that is, the egg whites fall right back over themselves after pulling up with the whisk – another 30 seconds.

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Step 2: Gradually add sugar.

With the speed still set to medium-high, add 1/2 cup sugar1 Tablespoon at a time, whipping for 30-45 seconds before adding the next Tablespoon. The goal here is to let the sugar dissolve completely before adding another Tablespoon. After all the sugar has been added, scrape down the sides of the bowl then continue whipping until the meringue is glossy and completely smooth. Test this by rubbing a dollop of meringue between your fingertips. If you can still feel sugar granules, keep whipping.

Last step is to whip in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. I’m telling you – this meringue is like sweet, fluffy clouds that I could eat by the spoonful. AMAZING!

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Step 3: Bake the meringue cups.

Using 2 spoons, scoop the meringue onto a parchment paper-lined half sheet pan to form 8 mounds then use the back of the spoon to create a divot in the centers. The meringues will puff slightly during baking so leave at least an inch between them.

Pro tip: place a dollop of meringue between the sheet pan and parchment paper in the corners so it stays in place!

Bake for 1-1/2 to 2 hours at 200 degrees, rotating the pan halfway through, or until the meringues are dry on the outside and pull away from the parchment paper without sticking. The meringues should NOT be golden brown, rather they will be a super light champagne color.

Turn the oven OFF then prop the door open slightly and let the meringues cool inside for 1-2 hours before storing in an airtight container at room temperature. You can make these 1-2 days ahead of time.

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The result? A crispy exterior with a chewy, cotton candy interior. You will be amazed and so proud of yourself for pulling these meringues off!

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When you’re ready to serve, plate the meringue cups then fill with chilled lemon curd and fresh berries – blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries really pop against the bright yellow curd. I hope you LOVE this easy yet elegant spring dessert recipe (made with normal ingredients)! ;) Enjoy!

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Berries in a Cloud is a heavenly tasting gluten free dessert recipe! Make ahead and assembled in minutes, this sweet treat will impress.

Ingredients

serves 8

  • For the Meringue Cups:
    • 2 large egg whites
    • pinch of salt
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Prepared Lemon Curd (see notes)
  • Fresh berries, for serving

Directions

  1. For the Meringue Cups: Preheat oven to 200 degrees then line a half sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. Add egg whites to a large glass bowl if using a hand-held mixer, or the bowl of an electric mixer, then let come to room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Fit your mixer with the whisk attachment then whip the egg whites on medium-high speed until foamy, 30 seconds. Add salt then continue whipping until soft peaks form (i.e. the eggs immediately fall over pulling up on them) another 30 seconds.
  3. Turn mixer back to medium-high speed then add 1 Tablespoon sugar at a time, whipping for 30-45 seconds before adding the next Tablespoon - don’t rush it! Once all the sugar has been added, scrape down the sides of the bowl then continue whipping until stiff, shiny peaks form and the meringue is smooth when you rub a dollop between your fingertips. If you can still feel a bit of grittiness from the sugar, continue whipping until the meringue is smooth. Add vanilla then whip to combine.
  4. Using two spoons, scoop the meringue into 8 mounds on the prepared baking sheet then use the back of the spoon to make an indentation in the center. Meringues will puff slightly so leave at least 1” between mounds. Bake for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, rotating the pan halfway through, or until the meringues are completely dry on the outside and pull back from the parchment paper without sticking. Turn the oven OFF then crack the oven door open and let the meringues sit and cool inside for a couple hours. If making a day ahead of time, cover tightly then store at room temperature.
  5. To serve: Fill the meringue cups with prepared lemon curd then top with fresh berries and serve.

Notes

  • Click here for my Homemade Lemon Curd recipe >

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

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