Mini meringues with cream and fresh fruit

Mini meringues with cream and fresh fruit
  • Serves icon Serves 10-12
  • Time icon Takes 20 min to make, 1 hour 15 min to cook, plus cooling

If these meringues don’t come out looking perfect – just hide the cracks with cream and fresh fruit!

Ingredients

  • 3 medium free-range eggs
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 284ml double cream
  • 300g blueberries and raspberries

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 120°C/fan100°C/gas ½ and line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
  2. Separate the eggs and put the whites in a clean bowl (save the yolks for scrambled eggs on toast!). Put the bowl on a folded tea towel so it doesn’t slip. Using an electric hand whisk, whisk the egg whites on a low speed until they turn white. Gradually increase the speed and whisk until the whites form soft peaks when you lift the whisk out.
  3. Add a little sugar, whisk, then add another spoonful of sugar and whisk again. Continue until you have added half the sugar. Tip in the rest and give it a final quick whisk. Don’t over-whisk or it won’t hold its shape in the oven.
  4. Dollop large spoonfuls of meringue onto the baking sheets. Use a teaspoon to hollow out the middle of each one so that it has slightly higher sides and a flat middle, like a nest.
  5. 5. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until the meringues feel crisp and lift off the paper easily. Ask an adult to take them out of the oven and leave to cool. In a bowl, whisk the cream until you have soft peaks (just like for the egg whites). Spoon the cream into the meringues and top with the berries.

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