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RECIPE-three-berry-meringue-sandwich

Three Berry Meringue Sandwiches

RECIPE-three-berry-meringue-sandwich

Ingredients

180g fresh egg whites (about 6 large eggs)
300g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tbsp cornflour
1 ½ tsp white vinegar
1 x tub Barker's Three Berry Jam
600ml thickened cream
edible flower petals and crushed freeze-dried strawberry to decorate (optional)

Instructions

1
Combine egg whites and caster sugar in a large, heatproof bowl. Fill a small saucepan with around 1-2 cups water and bring to the boil. Place the heatproof bowl over the top (ensure the bowl is not touching the water), bring the water down to a simmer and constantly whisk the egg mixture until the sugar has dissolved completely (you can test this by rubbing some of the mixture between your fingers – when it is no longer gritty it is ready
2
Transfer egg mixture to a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Add vanilla bean paste and whisk on high until stiff peaks form (you can also do this with a handheld mixer but it will take around 8-10 mins)
3
The vinegar and cornflour needs to be whisked together and then added to the meringue mixture in one quick burst after stiff peaks have been achieved
4
Preheat oven to 100ºC (80ºC fan bake). Line two baking trays with baking paper (dab a bit of the meringue mixture into the corners of each tray before putting the paper on to glue it down)
5
Use a large spoon to dollop 8 meringue mounds onto each tray. Spoon ½ tbsp jam onto each meringue and gently swirl the jam into the meringue, flattening slightly as you go
6
Bake the meringues for 6 hours (do not open the oven door during this time!) then turn off the oven (keeping the door closed) and allow meringues to sit in the closed oven for a few hours to dry completely
7
When ready to serve, whip thickened cream until stiff. Add 2-3 tbsp jam and whip 30 seconds until just combined
8
Arrange 8 meringues on a platter and top generously with berry whipped cream before sandwiching with remaining meringues. Shower with edible flower petals and a sprinkle of freeze-dried strawberry to decorate, if using

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