Recipe of the Month - June 2016
Strawberries & Cream with Vanilla Meringues
With Wimbledon upon us here is great way to enjoy those summer Strawberries
Provided by Emlyn Sexon, Life’s Kitchen Company Head Chef
- 2 x Packets of fresh Strawberries
- 50g caster sugar
- 50ml water
- 500ml Double Cream
- 5 egg whites
- 250g icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar
- Few drops vanilla extract
- 1 x Vanilla pod
- 1 tablespoon cornflour
For the meringue, makes roughly 20
Preheat the oven to 120 ‘c, ready a baking tray with greaseproof or non-stick baking paper.
In a completely dry and clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff. Gradually add the icing sugar, caster sugar, vanilla drops and seeds from the pod and cornflour. Whisk again, until shiny and smooth.
Spoon teaspoon-sized dollops of meringue onto the lined baking trays. Bake in the oven for 90 minutes and leave the oven door slightly open. Remove the meringues from the oven and leave to cool.
Wash the strawberries and cut half of them into quarters. With the other half place into a saucepan with the caster sugar and water, and place on the stove and bring to the boil, simmer for 3 minutes and then remove, once cooled blitz the mixture in a rob coupe or with a stick blender until a puree, pass through a strainer to remove any seeds. Leave in fridge to chill.
Whisk the double cream until soft whip, and put into a piping bag.
Divide the strawberries into four bowls, Pipe a generous helping of the cream on the side, pour over the strawberry puree and scatter 4/5 meringues onto each.