This is my mom's favourite dessert – a gorgeous confection of marshmallowy meringue, plenty of summer berries and whipped cream.
I love adding a good splash of Baileys Irish Cream liqueur for a little sophistication.
5 egg whites
250g caster sugar
Baileys cream filling:
500ml cream, lightly whipped
4 tbsp Baileys Irish cream liqueur
1 tbsp icing sugar
1 punnet of strawberries, halved
1 punnet of raspberries
1 punnet of blueberries
1 punnet of blackberries
1 punnet of Cape gooseberries
1 slab of white chocolate, to make chocolate curls
Icing sugar, to decorate
Preheat the oven to 150°C. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking tray. The paper must overhang the tray so that you can lift it out. You can stick the paper to the tray with sunflower oil. Lightly oil the top of the paper too to make it non-stick.
Whisk the egg whites in a very clean, dry bowl until stiff peaks form. Gradually snow in the caster sugar and continue to whisk until the sugar dissolves – this is key. Rub the mixture between your fingers – if it feels sandy, carry on whisking.
Spread the meringue mixture evenly over the paper. Bake for 25 minutes, until the meringue is crunchy on top. It will still be marshmallowy underneath.
Gently lift the meringue off the baking tray using the paper and allow to cool on a wire rack. Once it's cool, place another piece of paper on top, grip firmly and turn the meringue over. Peel the top layer of parchment paper away.
Whip together the cream, Baileys and icing sugar.
Make the chocolate curls by 'shaving' the smooth side of the slab of chocolate with a vegetable peeler to scrape off a layer of chocolate that will curl. Set aside.
Lay the meringue with the longest side going from west to east. Make a gentle incision across 10cm from closest to you. Spread most of the whipped cream over the meringue base.
Scatter evenly with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and gooseberries. Using the paper, lift the edge of the meringue and roll it over into a log.
Scatter over the rest of the berries. Decorate with the rest of the cream, a sprinkling of white chocolate curls and a dusting of icing sugar.
Baileys and other Irish cream liqueurs aren't just for Christmas. They're delicious in after dinner coffee, simply drizzled over ice cream or added to recipes like cheesecake to add something special. I even add a good glug to my bread and butter pudding with white chocolate and cherries. Delish!
'Recipes taken from Delish and Relish Cookbooks by Rozanne Stevens. To book a healthy or Christmas cookery course or to order books, log onto www.rozannestevens.com
For more great recipes and kitchen inspiration visit Rozanne's website.