Deceptively easy, this meringue "trifle" brings a bit of wow factor to any table.
Start (even the night/day before) but making your meringues.
4 egg whites
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 tsp white vinegar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
In the bowl of your stand mixer, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form. When the mixture can almost hold itself up, you've got your soft peaks. Turn the speed down at this stage, and gradually add your sugar*. When all has been gently folded through, crank the speed back up (I use the fastest speed on my mixer) and keep it beating until firm peaks form. These will be able to stand up in the bowl!
At this stage, gently fold through the cocoa and vinegar, and then place on a baking tray that has been prepared with a layer of baking paper. I made 8 small meringues, or you could shape into one large one.
Bake in a very low (120 degree) oven for around 1 hour. The test is to try and prise the meringue from the paper - if it comes off cleanly, it's cooked. If it looks like a lump of charcoal, it's burnt!
Leave to cool in the oven, then refrigerate for as long as possible. Mine lasted 3 hours.
Time to assemble the "trifle" now. You need:
2 meringues per person
1 small glass
raspberries (how many is up to you!)
good quality vanilla ice cream
Start layering the broken meringue, then the raspberries, then a scoop of icecream, until the glass is full. Drizzle over some chocolate sauce, then top with another scoop of icecream and a sprig of mint.
*When cooking with any sort of tart fruit, I always overdo the sugar. This is to counteract the sour acidity and always works a treat. Use 3/4 cup sugar if you're serving with a stone fruit, or any other sweet fruit.
**Take 3 tbsp of milk, and 50g of choc buttons (or chopped chocolate) and melt together in a small saucepan until glossy and thick. Should take around 4 minutes. A variation is to add 1 tbsp of peanut butter - a great sauce for the top of vanilla icecream.
Had any delicious desserts recently?
This is the second in a series I am doing on raspberries. Do you have any recipes I should try out?