- 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.
- Makes one 1kg loaf
- 250g plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 115g soft butter
- 225g caster sugar
- The finely grated zest and juice of 1 large lemon
- 2 large free-range eggs
- 100g wholemilk natural yogurt
- 25g ground almonds
- 200g fresh raspberries
- 100g granulated sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
- Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Grease and line a 900g loaf tin with non-stick baking paper. Sift together the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt. Cream together the butter and caster sugar in a large mixing bowl for five minutes until pale and fluffy, then beat in the lemon zest. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding a tablespoon of the sifted flour with the second egg. Alternately fold in large spoonfuls of the remaining flour and the yogurt until the mixture is smooth, then fold in the ground almonds.
- Spoon a third of the cake mixture into the bottom of the loaf tin and scatter over a third of the raspberries. Repeat twice more, ending with a layer of raspberries. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the cake is nicely browned, then cover loosely with foil and bake for a further 20-25 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes away clean.
- Remove the cake from the oven and leave it to cool for five minutes. Mix the granulated sugar with the lemon juice, spoon it over the top of the cake and leave it to soak for five minutes. Carefully remove the cake from the tin and pop it on a wire rack to cool. Peel the paper away from the cake and sprinkle the top lightly with a little more sugar. Serve cut into thick slices. Why not try making this cake with fresh blackberries or blueberries instead of raspberries?