Meringue kisses

Makes: 24
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours, plus drying

Meringue kissesIngredients:

For the meringues
5 large egg whites
250g (9oz) caster sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
For the strawberry cream
250g (9oz) strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
25g (1oz) caster sugar
2 tsp cornflour
175ml (6floz) double cream

Method:

1 Preheat the oven to 120°C/R½. Line two large baking trays with baking parchment or a silicone.

2 For the meringues, whisk the egg whites in a large bowl with an electric whisk until stiff but not dry. Slowly add the sugar, just a dessertspoon at a time, whisking well between each addition. The meringue should be very thick and glossy. Whisk in the vanilla extract.

3 Fit a large piping bag with a 2cm plain nozzle and pipe 48 small meringues. Bake in the centre of the oven for 2 hours or until firm and very dry. Turn off the oven but leave the meringues inside to dry out for at least 2 hours.

4 To make the filling, put the chopped strawberries, sugar and cornflour in a saucepan. Cook over a low heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly to make a thick strawberry sauce. Leave to cool.

5 Whip the cream until stiff peaks form then lightly fold in the cold strawberry sauce. Spoon the strawberry cream onto 24 of the meringue halves and sandwich together with the rest.

Recipe and image courtesy of www.sweetevestrawberry.co.uk

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