I borrowed this recipe from Gordon Ramsay. It’s simple, fresh, crisp and delicious.
Preparation time 20 minutes .. Baking 2 hrs
INGREDIENTS FOR MERINGUES
- 3 egg whites
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- 150g caster sugar
FOR THE RIPPLED CREAM
- 350 ml crème fraîche
- 70 ml natural yogurt
- 300 g strawberries, hulled
- 250 g raspberries
- small bunch mint, leaves stripped and finely chopped
- small knob fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated
Heat oven to 110°C; fan 90°C. Tip the egg whites and lemon juice into the clean bowl of a food mixer. Whisk until the whites double in volume and hold a peak when the whisk is drawn through them. Keep the whisk running and add the sugar a tbsp at a time, incorporating completely before adding the next. Whisk until all the sugar has been added and the whites are glossy.
Place a square of baking parchment on a large baking sheet. Pencil nine circles, about 7cm each, onto the parchment. Spoon the meringue into a large piping bag fitted with a plain nozzle and pipe concentric rounds to fit each drawn circle, piping two or more rings around the edge to form a nest. Bake for 2 hrs until they are crisp and lift off the paper easily. Leave to cool completely.
Whisk the crème fraîche until stiff, then fold in the yogurt. Set 2 strawberries and 9 raspberries aside and roughly chop the rest. Tip the chopped berries, mint and ginger into a bowl (we don’t like ginger so I used the zest of lime). Sprinkle with a little icing sugar and use a wooden spoon to mash to a rough purée. Gently fold the berries into the yogurt mix, adding icing sugar to taste.
To assemble, cut the remaining strawberries into 9 slices and place a slice inside each meringue case. Generously share the rippled cream between the cases, then top with a raspberry and a mint sprig. Dust with a little icing sugar just before serving. ( Meringues keep in an airtight container for 2 days.)
Use week old egg whites. Older egg whites are better for whisking than fresh – about a week old is ideal. The older they get, the more they liquefy and become easier to whisk.
Low temp and slow cooking. The lower the heat the better, so use your oven’s ‘keep warm’ function if it has one. The lower the heat, the longer the meringues are going to take to cook, so if cooking on a lower heat than stated, they can take up to 8 hours.
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