Summer Meringue Cake

Summer Meringue Cake

This one is a treat. Perfect for when the fam or friends are coming over to chill in the garden.

Notes:

Leave a few hours for this so you can give the meringues enough time to cool.

Cooking Time (includes preparation time): 4 Hours

Ingredients:

  • 400g of Strawberries - £2.00

  • 200g of Raspberries - £2.31

  • A Block of Dark Chocolate - £1.00

  • 8 Medium Eggs - £1.00

  • 400g of Sugar - £0.69

  • 2 x Elmlea Double Cream Alternative - 284ml – £2.20

  • 1 Bunch of Mint - £0.70

  • Total Cost - £9.90 - This covers absolutely everything. All we assume you have in your kitchen beforehand is SALT, PEPPER AND OLIVE OIL.

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 120°C/248°F.

  2. Crack the whites of 8 eggs into a large mixing bowl. You can throw away the yolks; you won’t be using them.

  3. Whisk the egg whites with an electric whisk until you get soft white peaks.

  4. Gradually whisk in 350g of white sugar. Once you have whisked this all in, you should have shiny, white stiff peaks.

  5. Get three baking trays. Add tiny, tiny blobs of meringue to each one. Add baking paper on top – the meringue will make the baking paper stick to the tray.

  6. Divide the meringue mix into 3 parts. Add a third to each tray and smooth in to equal sized discs. You want each disc to be about 4cm thick. The most important thing, though, is that they are even.

  7. Smooth down the top of two of the discs so that they are levelled out. On the third disc, make little peaks - this will be the top layer.

  8. Add the meringues to the oven for 1 hour 20 minutes.

  9. When the meringues are cooked through, remove from the oven. Place them in a safe place and allow to cool for 2 hours.

  10. Add your Elmlea to a bowl. Whisk it until it begins to firm up but not so it is fully whipped. Add a handful of chopped mint and a heaped tablespoon of sugar. Fold it through.

  11. Chop your strawberries into thirds.

  12. Assemble time. Take a nice cake dish. Add a meringue layer. Top with a thick layer of cream. Top with your strawberries. Add another meringue layer. Top with more cream and add a layer of raspberries. Grate some dark chocolate on top of the raspberries. Top with your final meringue layer. Grate some more chocolate on top. Slice it up and serve. Enjoy!

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