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French Meringue Nests with Strawberries and Elderflower Lime Cream

French Meringue Nests with Strawberries and Elderflower Lime Cream
Preparation time:
2 hour 15 minutes
Cooking time:
1 hour
Serves:
6

Extraordinarily light and chewy, whipping up these delicious French meringues couldn’t be simpler with the help of Aoife’s masterclass. These are the perfect base for a host of summertime desserts like these ones topped with fresh strawberries and delicious elderflower lime cream.

  • French Meringues

    Ingredients

    For the French meringues:

    • 4 egg whites
    • Pinch of salt
    • 215g caster sugar
    • 1tsp lemon juice
    • 1tsp cornflour
    For the elderflower lime cream:
    • 300ml cream
    • 20g icing sugar
    • 1tsp vanilla extract
    • Zest of 2 limes
    • 1-2tbsp elderflower liqueur
    For the topping:
    • 250g strawberries
    • Edible flowers
  • Method

    For the French meringues:
    • Preheat the oven to 130C or 110C if using a fan oven and line a baking tray with a sheet of
      parchment paper.
    • Put the egg whites and salt in a mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment and begin to
      whisk the egg whites on a slow speed until frothy.
    • Add 1 tablespoon of the sugar at a time, and continue to whisk to a stiff peak, about 5-7
      minutes.
    • Add the lemon juice and cornflour, and gently fold through until well combined.
    • Fill a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle with the meringue and pipe 6 nests onto the
      prepared baking sheet.
    • Bake the meringues in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 110C or
      90C fan and continue to bake for 1 hour. Turn off the oven and leave to cool in the oven for another two hours.
    For the elderflower lime cream:
    • Whisk the cream with the icing sugar and the vanilla to soft peak in a large bowl. Fold in the
      lime zest and elderflower liqueur and chill until required.
    For the vanilla buttercream:
    • To assemble the nests, spoon some of the cream into each meringue nest. Starting from the outside of the nest, arrange the strawberry slices in a circle, slightly overlapping.
    • Decorate with edible flowers to serve.

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