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Thursday, 16 February 2012

Marbled meringue nests (Valentine's Day dessert)

Marbled Meringue Nests
Served with whipped cream, raspberry coulis, raspberries and blueberries, and a chocolate lattice

Mmmmmmmmmm is all I can say. I haven't made meringues in years but this was a success! I made everything from scratch; even whipping the cream, and it was all worth it. The raspberry coulis was particularly excellent.

Meringues (makes 4): 3 egg whites, 165g caster sugar, pink food colouring
- Whisk the egg whites until stiff, gradually add the caster sugar still whisking, until stiff and glossy
(Make sure you have an electric hand whisk or mixer because my hand even started to cramp with one; can't    imagine what hand whisking it would have been like!)
- Dollop the meringue mixture on to a baking try lined with grease-proof paper.
- Using a cocktail stick, swirl pink food colouring into each meringue to give a marbled effect.
- Cook for 40 mins on gas 1/2 and leave to cool in the oven once turned off (always cook more than you need because meringues are very fragile, they will crack!)
I also made my own raspberry coulis (just raspberries pressed through sieve with icing sugar), whipped some cream, added raspberries and blueberries, and made some chocolate decorations (i'm improving!.. i think) but you can do whatever decorations... this is what it looked like, I was so pleased :)
Oh and this is what the table looked like in the end:
Hope you enjoy the recipes! x

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