A Royal Treat
This week marks Queen Elizabeth II's 90th Birthday. It seemed rude not to celebrate, so I'm going to be doing a mini series of tea party treats to mark the occasion. First up, mini strawberry meringues! Some people would probably call these Pavlovas but I'm not too fussy...
You can cheat with the meringues and buy them straight from the shop, but I actually love making them. There is something intensely satisfying about the process!
You will need
- 3 Egg Whites
- 170g Sugar
- Strawberries & Raspberries
To make the meringues preheat the oven to 140 degrees Celsius. In a large bowl (I always use a glass mixing bowl, but any bowl will do, just make sure it's clean and dry) whisk the egg whites until they are stiff. You should be able to dip your mixer and the dollop that comes out stands up without drooping over, i.e. creates a stiff peak. Carefully, start adding the sugar, one spoonful at a time, making sure you get it back to stiff between adding sugar. Continue until you've added all the sugar, and it should be stiff and glossy.
If you have a piping bag, put the mixture into it, not forgetting the nozzle! Pipe the meringues onto a piece of grease proof paper starting in the middle and working out. Place in the oven for between an hour and a quarter, and an hour and a half. You'll know they are done when they lift off the paper easily. Leave them to cool. (They might crumble a little, don't panic!)
Then slice the strawberries, this makes them go a little further and allows you to make them into a pretty pattern.
Whip the cream until it's thick, but not solid. Pop a dollop (technical term) onto each meringue and layer on the strawberries and raspberries!
I made these with my mum, she sent them off to a very special birthday party for the Queen in my local village. They went down a treat!
When strawberries aren't in season you could substitute them for mango, blueberries, pear or any thing you fancy, just makes sure that it's a soft fruit! And if you really want to indulge yourself, add some chocolate sauce over the top - YUM!