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Layered fresh strawberry meringue cake

Layered fresh strawberry meringue cake
  • Meal Type

    Cake
  • Total time

    4 hours
  • Servings

    10
  • Courses

    Dessert

Ready in 4 hours (including meringue drying time), serves 10.

You can make the meringue discs in advance, then assemble the cake just before eating.

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cup caster sugar, divided
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 6 egg whites, at room temperature
  • Tiny pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 3 tbsp passionfruit sauce or passionfruit curd
  • 3 cups whipped cream
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 10 fresh strawberries or other berries in season

1. Preheat oven to 175°C on fan bake. Bake pecans in an oven tray for 10 to 12 minutes or until toasted. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

2. Reduce oven to 125°C on fan bake.

3. Cover 2 large baking trays with baking paper. Draw 5 x 20cm circles on each piece.

4. In a food processor, chop pecans, 1/2 cup caster sugar and cornflour until pecans are finely ground.

5. Whisk egg whites, salt and cream of tartar at high speed until foamy. Gradually add 1 caster cup sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, beating at medium-high speed until mixture is glossy, stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves (3 to 4 minutes).

6. Lightly fold in half the pecan mixture, repeat procedure with remaining pecan mixture. Place a dab of meringue onto the corners of each baking tray to help stick down the baking paper.

7. Scrape a heaped cup of meringue onto each drawn circle, then use a spatula to evenly spread the mixture.

8. Bake at 125°C for 1 hour. Turn oven off and let meringues stand in closed oven with light on for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until their surfaces are dry and they can be lifted from paper without sticking to fingers.

9. Just before assembling the cake, stir together mascarpone, passionfruit sauce or curd and 2 tbsp of caster sugar in a large bowl.

10. Gently fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture.

11. Place 1 meringue circle on a serving plate. Divide the mascarpone mixture evenly into five parts and spread one part over the meringue disc, scatter with sliced strawberries, top with another meringue disc and repeat process. For the final layer, decorate with strawberry halves and other berries in season. Drizzle with passionfruit sauce if you have it.

Cook’s tip:
Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 hours. When strawberries are no longer available, any fresh berries will work.

About Annabelle White

Annabelle was born and raised in New Zealand and while she does not have formal chef’s training her love of “great honest cooking” came from watching her mother cook every day after school.

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Oct-27-2014-issue

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