I have never ever made a meringue before. This was the very first time I was making it. Honestly I was a bit nervous, not knowing how will it turn out. When I saw the finished product I felt this is the easiest dessert I have ever made. I was following Vanessa Kimbell’s recipe. She is writing her cook book called Prepped.
The recipe is really very easy. It requires only six or seven ingredients to make this fabulous pudding. I loved it but I wanted to get more peoples’ opinion so I took the dessert to office for my colleagues to share. Believe it or not, couple of them had second helpings. I was so pleased to see their expression while they were having the pudding. Within minutes that huge pudding was demolished. Here is the recipe, please do try it out if you can..you will not be disappointed if you have a sweet tooth. It is very light, low effort pudding and melts in your mouth in moments.
For the meringue:
6 egg whites
300 gm white caster sugar
For the Fool:
300 ml double cream
3 tbsp icing sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla essence (This was my addition wasn’t there in Vanessa’ s recipe but she did say to use flavoured sugar which I didn't have so I added this)
(I am using Vanessa’s version here as I followed them word by word and I recommend to do that too! )
Pre heat the oven at 150 degree / Gas mark 2. Before you begin, make sure your utensils are spotless. Don’t use a bowl that may harbour any grease (such as a plastic bowl), and make sure your utensils are dry. Meringues are sensitive and don’t get on with moisture or fat. To make the meringue base, whisk the egg whites until they are fluffy: 3–4 minutes should do. Once they are fluffy and white and form soft peaks, don’t stop the beating; just slowly add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, until it is all dissolved. (approximately 10 minutes)
Tipping it all in at once knocks the air out of the eggs, and if you stop beating the eggs, you knock the air out when you restart beating. So a flow of continuous beating gets the best results. Draw a large dinner plate circle in Pencil on the back of some baking parchment and turn it over. Dollop the mixture onto the circle on the paper, turn the oven down to Gas 1./ 275F / 140C and bake for 2 hours. Turn the oven off and leave the meringue in the oven to cool.
To assemble, whip the cream and the icing sugar until thick. Not too thick, though: you need to drape it gently over the meringue. Then spoon the rhubarb jam (or stewed rhubarb) on top of the cream and serve. If you have any geranium petals of other edible flower petals you can use these to decorate.
You can pre order her book from Amazon here. Best of luck Vanessa! Looking forward to your book.