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Friday, 1 June 2007

Summer's Coming.....

And I can't wait!
I saw the cherry stall by the side of the road today as I made the drive through the countryside to the nearest town- a sure sign that summer is on it's way.
There is also a stall in the front garden of one of the houses in our village. The owners have a fruit farm and cherries are the first fruit they sell - 2 kinds of delicious sweet, succulent cherries. I am waiting patiently for that stall to open and when it does, I shall be first in line.
In the meantime, it's French cherries from the roadside, just a few to tease those taste buds!

Cream Meringue

Ever wondered what to do with those egg whites? No, not another Angel Cake but crisp, melt in the mouth meringues. These are also great for any recipe requiring crushed meringues.
The secret is to let them ‘dry out’ rather than bake, in a very slow oven, then sandwich with whipped cream.

Cream Meringues

3 egg whites
150 g caster sugar
150 ml double cream

Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment or non-stick baking paper.
Whisk the egg whites until stiff, add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking well for about 1 minute after each addition.
Pipe or spoon 10-12 rounds or oblongs of the meringue on to the non-stick paper.
Bake in the oven at 110ºC (225º F) for about 2-3 hours, changing the position of the trays half way through the cooking - don’t let them become very brown.
Cool on a wire rack.
Whip the fresh cream until stiff and use to sandwich the meringue shells together.

(Printable Recipe)


Anonymous said...

Ohh Nic, that looks so good! You must tell me exactly where this cherry stall is!!! There used to be a couple who sold their cherries in front of the general store in Matfield but they haven't been there in two years now. I love cherries and am needing a fix! There is no flavour on earth like the fresh flavour of cherries scooped into a paper bag, still warm from the sun beating down on them...heaven on earth!

Tulip said...

Cherries are good, but...and I don't want to be a kill joy here, but is that meringue really Food Doctor friendly? I don't think so! ;-)

Nic said...

Marie - I'll let you know when the cherries appear!

Tulip - thanks for stopping by.
Yeah, they are nearly as bad as eating...... mango pavlova!! ;-)

Tulip said...

oooh Touché!!

Enjoy those cherries ;-)