Merengón de Fresas (Colombian Strawberry Meringue Dessert)

by Erica Dinho on September 2, 2012

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Merengón de Fresas (Colombian Strawberry Meringue Dessert)

Merengón is a traditional Colombian based meringue dessert. The classic Merengón is filled with whipped cream and guanabana, a popular Colombian fruit. There are other variations of this dessert as well that are filled with various fresh fruits, such as strawberries, peaches and Colombian blackberries (mora).


Merengón de Fresas is a wonderful dessert. Just imagine, layers of crunchy and sweet meringue, creamy whipped cream, and juicy and tangy strawberries. It has the perfect combination of textures and flavors.

Buen provecho!

Merengón de Fresas (Colombian Strawberry Meringue Dessert)

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(4-6 servings)


  • 5 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 11/2 cups cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Strawberry Filling

  • 3 cups of fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of powder sugar

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  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 250º F degrees. Line two small, or one large, baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
  2. Place the egg whites in a bowl and with and electric mixer, whisk until soft peaks form.
  3. Increase speed to high and gradually add granulated sugar, about 3 tablespoons at a time, add the lime juice and keep whisking until stiff peaks form. The whites should be firm but moist. Occasionally scrape down the side of the bowl.
  4. Spoon half of the meringue onto the prepared baking sheet , flatten with a spatula making sure the base of the meringue is not too thin. Place the rest of the meringue on another baking sheet.
  5. ake the for about 2 hours until the meringue is crispy. Turn the oven off and leave the meringue in the oven, with the door ajar until cooled completely about 2-4 hours. Do not remove it from the oven when it is still warm.
  6. To make the filling: Place the strawberries in a bowl with the granulated sugar to macerate until the meringue is ready.
  7. Whisk the whipped cream with the vanilla and powdered sugar until stiff and fluffy.
  8. o assemble: Using a spatula, spread the whipped cream over the meringue, add strawberries then place the second meringue on top. Spread another cream layer and add the rest of the strawberries on top.
  9. Merengón de Fresas (Colombian Strawberry Meringue Dessert)

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather @girlichef September 2, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I always gravitate towards meringues…I don’t what it is…they’re just so pretty and airy. And yours is definitely pulling me its way. Lovely!


2 Scarlet September 2, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Se me hizo agua la boca! yummmm… I’m definitely trying this recipe. I love merengon. Its being so long since the last time I had one! Thank you!


3 Tatiana-QueCocinar September 2, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Me recuerda en las carreteras cerca de Bogota, que uno para a comer mazorca y un merengon de fresa o guanabana. uuuuhhhhmmm…. Que delicia y que viejos recuerdos… Gracias por traerlos a mi mente,


4 Silvia September 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Merengon de Renault 4!! El merengon tambien a mi me trae recuerdos de infancia! Asados en el norte y despues el merengon (o ir a Alpina….me acuerdo de unas fresas con crema increibles….la crema era de una densidad impresionante).


5 Belinda @zomppa September 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Is this Sunday dessert?? I’m in!!


6 Kim September 2, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Gorgeous! I’d love a bite of this right now :)


7 Conny Nichols September 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM

No hay domingo en Bogotá en el las calles se llenen de vehículos privados con gente vendiendo merengón casero. Esuna tradición deliciosa. Tambien los he comidomcon kiwi, mzcla de frutas y todos son deliciosos.


8 Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook September 2, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Love this! I can just imagine the delicious crunch of the meringue and the sweet berries and cream. Fantastic dessert!


9 grace September 3, 2012 at 5:23 AM

what a lovely treat, erica! fluffy, light, and fantastic, plus those strawberries look perfectly ripe. :)


10 Joanne September 4, 2012 at 7:21 AM

I love how you added strawberries in-between the meringue layers! Delicious.


11 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! September 5, 2012 at 1:03 PM

When you mentuoned guanabanas my mouth watered. I have not tasted that fruit in so very long. I once in a while buy the juice bu Goya. Dame un merengon y estoy contenta…todo muy lindo…


12 Leticia September 11, 2012 at 7:31 PM

This was amazing. I made it with mixed berries and I could not stop eating it. Delicious.


13 Erica September 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Thank you everyone for all your nice comments!


14 Lyna July 10, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Is whipped cream and “crema de leche” the same thing? How do you buy normal heavy cream in Colombia? I’m having trouble finding it.


15 Erica Dinho July 10, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Lyna- Crema de leche fresca.


16 Lyna July 11, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Thank you! :)


17 Gloria C. March 24, 2014 at 2:32 PM

La preparamos y nos encanto, gracias por la receta.
We are loving all the good treats that bring us the sweet Colombia close to us :)


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