Fantastical "lollipops," often in outlandish flavors like black truffle, are a signature at El Bulli. "Chupa Chups Julio Verne" or "Jules Verne Lollipops" is what Ferran Adrià calls these fun and easy meringue-coated fruit skewers, presumably because they resemble something from an old-fashioned science fiction movie.
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 large round apple, cut in half lengthwise
8 small strawberries, hulled
Eight 1-inch pieces of fresh pineapple
Eight 1-inch pieces of mango
Eight 1 inch thick slices of firm, ripe banana
How to Make It
Preheat the broiler and position a rack in the lower third of the oven. In a large stainless steel bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer, beat the egg whites at medium speed until soft peaks form. Beat in the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time and beating thoroughly between additions. Increase the speed to high and beat the whites until they are glossy and hold firm peaks, 2 to 3 minutes longer.
Arrange the apple halves on a sturdy baking sheet, cut sides down. Slide 2 of the strawberries and 2 pieces of the pineapple, mango and banana onto each of 4 wooden skewers.
Using a butter knife or a small offset spatula, spread the meringue evenly over the fruit in a thick layer. Stick the skewers into the apple halves to keep the kebabs upright; don't let the kebabs touch each other. Broil the kebabs for about 30 seconds, turning the pan as necessary, until the meringue is golden and caramelized in spots. Alternatively, brown the meringue with a small blowtorch. Serve the fruit kebabs right away.
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