Servings: Serves 12
Ingredients 2 cups granulated sugar2 tablespoons cornstarch8 large egg whites , at room temperature1/2 teaspoon cream of tartarPinch of salt4 teaspoons white wine vinegar1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 pounds strawberries , hulled and halved3/4 cup confectioners' sugarZest and juice of 2 limes2 cups heavy creamSeeds scraped from 1/4 vanilla bean
Preheat oven to 250°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of the granulated sugar with the cornstarch; set aside.
Using an electric mixer with whisk attachment, beat egg whites, cream of tartar, salt until peaks begin to form. Add remaining granulated sugar 2 tablespoons at a time, beating well between additions. Beat in the cornstarch mixture. Add vinegar and vanilla extract; beat 1 minute, or until meringue is glossy and stands in peaks.
Form 12 meringue shells by spooning six 3" mounds onto each baking sheet. Using the back of a spoon, make a well in the center of each mound.
Place in oven and reduce temperature to 200°. Bake until meringues are firm and begin to color, about 2 hours. (They will be dry on the outside and chewy in the center.) Cool on baking sheets set on wire racks.
Meanwhile, combine strawberries, 6 tablespoons of the confectioners' sugar and lime zest and juice in a bowl. Set aside to macerate 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
In a large bowl, beat heavy cream, 3 tablespoons of the confectioners' sugar and vanilla seeds until stiff.
To assemble, spoon whipped cream into meringues. Spoon strawberries over the cream. Dust with remaining confectioners' sugar and serve.