- 8 egg whites
- 500g caster sugar
- 1 teasp. white wine vinegar
- 1 teasp. vanilla extract.
Summer Fruits & Cream Filling
- 400g strawberries
- 200g raspberries
- 200g blueberries
- 200g blackberries
- 250g caster sugar
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 500g mascarpone cheese
- 250g Compsey Greek-style yoghurt
- Grated rind of one lemon
For the meringues
Set the oven to 100ºC and line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Combine the egg whites, sugar, vinegar and vanilla extract. In the electric mixer, with the whisk attachment, beat the whites into stiff shiny peaks. Using a piping bag, pie mounds of meringue 7cm in diameter and 7 cm high onto the baking sheets. Bake for about 2 hours. Cool to room temperature.
Prepare the fruit and add half the berries to a medium saucepan, add the sugar and lemon juice and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Process the fruit mixture. Set aside.
Whisk the mascarpone, yoghurt and lemon rind together.
Tap the centre of each meringue to form a nest. Warm the coulis in a saucepan. Turn off the heat and add the remaining whole berries. Spoon the cream filling into the centre of each meringue, followed by several spoonfuls of the fruit.
Blackberry & Goat’s Cheese Quiche
Ready to roll shortcrust pastry, thawed if frozen
100 ml milk
100 g sour cream
120 g goat’s cheese
80 g blackberries, cut in halves
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
Salt & pepper
1Pre-heat oven to 180°C/160°C fan assisted.
2Gently roll the shortcrust pastry out over a 20cm loose-bottomed quiche tin. Press pastry into the tin and then trim away excess pastry. Chill in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
3In a large bowl or jug, whisk together eggs, milk, sour cream and a generous pinch of salt and pepper.
4Slice goat’s cheese then cut each slice into quarters.
5Pour egg mixture into chilled pastry then evenly distribute the goat’s cheese and halved blackberries. Sprinkle with thyme leaves.
6Carefully transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, until quiche is set around the edges and has lost its glossy top but there’s a slight wiggle in the centre.
7Leave to cool for about 15 minutes before enjoying warm. Can also be served cold