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Orange Meringue Dream


I am really excited I discovered how to use gelatine and have mastered the art of making meringue and since then I’ve been experimenting with how to make new recipes. The last recipe I made with gelatine is this orange pie or whatever, I don’t know how to call it but I don’t want to call it Orange cream dessert, as I have made a dessert with this name in the past. (Here is an update on the name. I finally called it Orange Pie (no imagination) but Aparna, of My Diverse Kitchen, came up with the name Orange Meringue Dream. I love the name. Thank you Aparna, as you may see I have adopted the name).

Meringues marked

As a pie crust I baked a meringue with the leftover egg whites and used it as my base which I flavoured with orange essence. 

I prepared my usual pastry cream, the only alteration I made was to use low fat milk and instead of vanilla essence I used orange essence and a teaspoon of orange zest.


Pastry cream

Until I learned how to bake the meringue I used to make a similar dessert using savoyard biscuits (200 grams) and ready made red (cherry or strawberry) jelly. Here is a picture of the dessert I made last year but never found the time to blog about it.


This time I decided to make the jelly from scratch, with pure orange juice, no sugar and no food colourings or preservatives.

No preservatives, no food colouring, I made the cream with low fat milk and to my opinion it was delicious and I consider that this is also a healthy dessert.

Orange Meringue Dream

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time:  10 minutes

Ingredients for Pastry Cream:

  • 6 cups of fresh low fat milk
  • 6 heaped spoonfuls of flour and corn flour (corn starch). (The quantify can be adjusted according to your taste as follows 3 spoonfuls of flour – 3 spoonful of corn flour, or 4-2 , or 5-1 or 2 – 4 or 1 – 5).
  • 8 spoonfuls sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp butter (optional)

Ingredients for Meringue:

  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange essence
  • 2 – 3 teaspoons of icing sugar
  • ½ cup of roasted pecans, crushed (optional)

Additional Ingredients:

  • 1 orange (both zest and fruit)
  • 4 1/2 glasses of liquid (3 glasses pure orange juice and 1 1/2 glasses of water)
  • 12 sheets of gelatine
  • 2 spoonfuls of honey (depending on how sweet the oranges are)

Note:  A glass = a usual glass for water about 200 ml capacity.


See how to prepare meringues here.    Substitute cream of tartar with lemon juice and incorporate the pecans when the meringue is stiff.

Put the gelatine in a bowl with water for ten minutes to soften.

Heat the water and add the gelatine leaves and honey and mix until they dissolve.

Set aside to cool and mix in the orange juice.  Taste and see if it is sweet enough, adding more honey or sugar if you prefer.

Prepare the pastry cream.

Putting the dessert together:

Layer the meringues in a rectangular bowl and add the cream, making sure that the cream has spread evenly and there are no gaps on the side of the bowl.

Set aside until it cools.

Meanwhile prepare the jelly and when the cream has cooled  add the jelly, spoon by spoon.  (This is essential because if you pour the jelly all at once, the cream will probably crack and the jelly will leak down).

Refrigerate until it sets (about 1 1/2 hours).

Decorate the dessert with fresh orange slices.



I am sending it off to Fruit Frenzy, created by Joelen, of Joelen’s Culinary Adventures as well as to Lore, of Culinarty who is hosting the event Original Recipes.


Some More Awards have come my way and Swati, of Sugarcraft India and Hetal, of Isha’s Kitchen have awarded me with the “Giant Bear Hug” award. Girls thanks a lot. A big hug from me to you as well.

I am passing it on to some of my old friends for all their love and support:

a) Peter, of Souvlaki for the Soul
b) Val, of More than Burnt Toast
c) Nuria, of Spanish Recipes
d) Jenn, of The Leftover Queen
e) Ben, of What’s Cooking

Hetal bestowed another award on to me which is the You make my day Award and I am passing this on to some new friends

a) Nicki, of Nik Snacks

b) Aparna, of My Diverse Kitchen

c) Sriprya, of Srikars Kitchen

d) Pixen, of Life Loves the Curious

e) Corinne, of A Gourmet Love Affair

Thanks Swati and Hetal for passing the awards on to me so that I can show my appreciation to some old friends and welcome some new friends.

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43 Responses

  1. Peter G

    Great going with the gelatine Ivy and the dessert. Again, thanks for your kind awards…thats 2 in the last few weeks. Ευχαριστο παρα πολλη για το βραβειο..χαρικα!

  2. sunita

    Hello ivy, how’ve you been 🙂

    …the dessert looks lovely 🙂

  3. Ivy

    Peter, it’s nice to have you as a friend.

  4. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

    Ivy thank you so much for thinking of me! I really love the award! 🙂
    You look so cute in your new profile picture! I love it!

  5. Ivy

    Thanks Jenn for being such a good friend. I’m on a summer mood that’s why I added a picture from the beach (lol).

  6. Bellini Valli

    First of all thank you so much for the bear hugs Sis. I really appreciate your kindness and support in my endeavors as well. We will always be there for each other. Your dessert also looks droolworthy…where is my fork:D

  7. srikars kitchen

    Ivy thank you so much for thinking of me!!!! Really thank u very much dear….

  8. Ivy

    Hey sis, I miss you. I know that you are very busy so take it easy. Thanks for being my sis.

  9. Ivy

    Sripriya it’s nice to have you here.

  10. Lore

    Thank you for your second entry! I love that it looks so classy and festive :). Congrats on the awards

  11. Ivy

    My pleasure Lore. Thanks.

  12. Anamika:The Sugarcrafter

    hi ivy
    congratulations on showers of love poured on you…you deserve it..am not blogging regularly but will soon do so regularly.

  13. Cakelaw

    Wonderful dessert Ivy – I am a citrus fan. And congratulations on the awards!!!

  14. Lulu Barbarian

    I’m not really into desserts, but this one looks terrific. I would eat it!

    I know that doesn’t sound like high praise, but just ask my family if I ever eat any dessert ever. My mother actually begs me to eat “just a little bit,” as though it was vegetables or something.

    Anyway, it looks both beautiful and delicious.

  15. Ivy

    Anamika, shall be looking forward to seeing your posts.

  16. Ivy

    Thank you cake. I am a fan of citrus as well.

  17. Ivy

    Lulu, you are a lucky girl, not eating desserts. I can live on desserts.

  18. Aparna

    A lovely looking dessert. Maybe you could call it Orange Meringue Dream.
    Thanks so much for the award, Ivy.

  19. Ivy

    Aparna, you are a genius. I think I shall consult you before I give a name to my recipes. See the post I have made the change and adjusted the post. Thanks my friend.

  20. Emiline

    What a splendid sounding dessert! You’re so creative. I can never come up with orange desserts.

  21. Núria

    I have no words left to tell you how much I appreciate all your awards darling Ivy! Really, honestly, you touched my heart ♥!!!
    A superbig Bear Hug to you too darling!!!! Smuack smuack.

    YOur Sweet Dream cake doesn’t need sugar if you are the cook!!! Much love to you from Spain Sweetie 😀

  22. Ivy

    Thank you Emiline. Practice makes perfect and I’ve been practicing for more than your age sweetie.

  23. Ivy

    My dear Nuria, you are one of my dearest friends and you deserve more than one big hug. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  24. giz

    The name you finally decided on for the gelatine dessert is perfect – it does look like a dream dessert. Why haven’t I been around to your blog in such a long time – I don’t know – well, you’re on my reader now so no more mistakes 🙂

  25. Swati: Sugarcraft India

    I have something for you sweetie:))

  26. Ivy

    Hi Giz and welcome to Kopiaste. I am really glad to see you here and I have already added you to my reader and blogroll.

  27. Bobby


    This looks great, I love the orange slice on the top! I havn’t used gelatins to much but I can think of a few ideas that would be great with it.

  28. Mike of Mike's Table

    I’d resisted working with gelatine for a long time, but I had no good reason for it really. Then, I finally encountered a recipe where I needed it, caved, and tried it…and I just wanted to kick myself for having made life so much harder before without it, lol. I need to work with it more, and this looks like a great way to enjoy it. This looks really summery and really nicely done. I love that orange layer on top!

  29. Elly

    This looks so great, Ivy, and very impressive! My husband would go crazy over this dessert for sure. It’s right up his alley.

  30. Ivy

    Bobby, I am looking forward for some more uses of gelatine, if you have any suggestions. Actually, I am thinking of using it into savory recipes as well.

  31. Ivy

    Thanks Mike. Shall check your site to see if I can find this recipe.

  32. Ivy

    Elly, I am not a fan of ready made jelly but the use of gelatine really makes some light and healthy desserts.

  33. Illatharasi

    Ivy, orange meringue dream, looks simply superb!!! I love its colour combination:)

    Just wanted to let you know that I have added you to my blogroll:)

  34. Passionate baker...& beyond

    That’s one outstanding dessert Ivy…& I love the ‘from scratch’ & fruity thing about it!!! Congrats on the awards…GOOD FOR YOU!!!

  35. african vanielje

    Ivy your colours are gorgeous. THey make me drool. Well done for mastering the secrets of gelatine!

  36. Ivy

    Thanks Vani, shall add you as well.

  37. Ivy

    Thank you Deeba, like yourself I am a “from scratch” person.

  38. Ivy

    Hi African Vanielje, thanks for visiting and nice to see you again. Thanks for all your lovely comments.

  39. Corinne

    I’ve been gone all weekend, and I come back to such a lovely surprise! Thank you! You make MY day 🙂 I love reading about all your wonderful Greecian/Cyprian creations!

  40. White On Rice Couple

    Ivy, this is dessert at it’s best! I just love it so much, I’m shivering now…I need a bite!

  41. Nikki Miller-Ka

    I apologize it’s taken me a few days to return to your blog. Thank you SO MUCH for the award, Ivy. This has really made MY day!

  42. Ivy

    Nikki, you are welcome.

  43. Dragon

    This looks so refreshing. Yum!