Strawberry and Chocolate Meringue Recipe

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Strawberry and chocolate pavlova meringue recipe
Serves8 to 10

Fancy a summery easy dessert recipe (opens in new tab) that tastes great and is really quick to throw together? This dessert recipe (opens in new tab) for strawberry and chocolate meringue will quickly become a family favourite.

HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY AND CHOCOLATE MERINGUE

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 140C, 120C fan, 275F, gas 1. Using a pestel and mortar, crush half the freeze-dried strawberries into a fine powder, then very lightly crush the remainder, keeping it fairly chunky. Set them aside. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites and a pinch of salt using an electric hand whisk on a medium speed until frothy. Increase the speed to high and continue to whisk until stiff peaks form

  2. Continue to whisk, adding the sugar 1tbsp at a time, until stiff and glossy. You should be able to hold the bowl upside down! Using the whisk, fold in the freeze-dried strawberries. Dab a small amount of the meringue on the corners of the baking sheet, to secure a sheet of baking parchment. Spoon on the meringue a shape into a 20cm (8in) round. Bake on the middle shelf for 1 hour, then turn of the oven and leave for at least 4 hours or overnight

  3. To serve, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, remove from the heat and leave to cool for a few minutes. Add the cream, vanilla and icing sugar, and slowly whisk together until lightly thickened. Top the meringue with the cream and strawberries, and dust with icing sugar.

Ingredients

  • 2tbsp freeze-dried strawberries (from the baking section at Sainsbury's or Waitrose)
  • 4 large free-range egg whites
  • 225g (8oz) caster sugar
  • 100g (4oz) dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)
  • 300ml (½ pint) double cream
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 2tbsp icing sugar, plus extra, to dust
  • 500g (1lb 2oz) strawberries, hulled, and larger ones halved
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