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Recipe: Meringue with vanilla cream and fruit

Spring menu that's sure to be a hit at your family gatherings.

What you'll need

2 large baking trays

Baking mat or baking paper

Piping bag if possible

4 eggs, separated

150g Billington’s Golden Caster Sugar

½ tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract for meringue

150ml double or whipping cream

½ tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract

Raspberries, passion fruit or fruit of choice

25g Silver Spoon Icing Sugar

Serves 4

Cover the baking trays with baking parchment, preheat the oven to 100°C/gas ¼/200°F.

Take a clean, dry bowl and add the four egg whites and a half teaspoon of vanilla extract. Whisk continuously and slowly add the caster sugar until it forms stiff peaks

If you have a piping bag, spoon the mixture in and pipe six 4in circles of approx half an inch thick. If not, just spoon the mixture thinly onto the parchment

Place in the oven and leave for two hours. Turn off the oven but leave the meringues in to dry out further without browning.

While the meringues are cooling, whip the cream until stiff, stir in the vanilla extract and prepare the fruit

Once cooled, spoon on cream and some fruit and place another circle of meringue on top, then repeat.

Dust with a little icing sugar and decorate with more fruit.

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