Praline meringue cake with strawberries

Praline meringue cake with strawberries

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr Ready in 1 hour 30 mins + 1 hour cooling

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 12

A caramel-flavoured praline meringue that's perfect for a summer's day

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Unassembled meringues only
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
533
protein
7g
carbs
51g
fat
35g
saturates
35g
fibre
2g
sugar
50g
salt
0.16g

Ingredients

For the meringue

  • 175g whole almonds, toasted
  • 225g golden caster sugar
  • 225g light muscovado sugar
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar

To assemble

  • 1kg strawberry, hulled and halved, or quartered if large
  • 586ml icing sugar, plus extra for decorating
  • 586g pot double cream

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 140C/fan 120C/gas 1, and line two flat baking sheets with baking parchment. Whizz about two-thirds of the toasted almonds in a food processor until chopped. Don’t let them start to look greasy or clump together – they should still be in pieces rather than ground. Roughly chop the remaining third with a knife.
  2. Stir the sugars together. Using an electric hand whisk, beat the egg whites in a large bowl until stiff, then add the sugar in three batches, beating the mixture back to stiff after each addition. Add the cornflour and vinegar, and keep going until the meringue mixture is glossy and so stiff that the beaters begin to feel heavy when stirring – this can take up to 5 mins.
  3. Quickly fold in all of the finely chopped nuts and most of the roughly chopped with a spatula, then divide the mixture between the two baking sheets. Spread both into 20cm circles, then scatter the remaining chopped nuts over. Bake for 1 hr, then turn the oven off and leave the meringues inside to cool for at least 1 hr. Leave the oven door closed (this will help to prevent them cracking). Will keep overnight in an airtight container, or freeze, wrapped in cling film, for up to 1 month.
  4. For the strawberry sauce, purée 600g of the strawberries in a food processor or blender. Press through a sieve to remove the seeds, then sweeten with 2 tbsp of the icing sugar. Can be made up to 1 day ahead. Sieve the remaining icing sugar into the double cream, whip until it just holds its shape, then carefully swirl through two-thirds of the sauce.
  5. To serve, slide one of the meringues off its baking parchment onto a serving plate, then spread over half the cream. Place the second meringue on top, pile over the rest of the cream and top with the remaining strawberries. Dust with a little more icing sugar if you like, and serve the leftover strawberry sauce alongside.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2008

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sheenabennett's picture
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Made this at the request of my step daughter who spotted it on the cover of the magazine. It went down an absolute treat and looked impressive.

angfen's picture
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Delicious... I only used 100g of caster sugar and 100g of muscovado in the meringue and no more sugar and still it was delicious. Only was a little fiddly to assemble...

lettucia's picture

I made this yesterday. I can't find double cream where I live so I used mascarpone, but it was too liquid in the end. But even so, it was absolutely delicious. The meringue had a lovely praline taste, and some nice almond pieces in it, and the strawberry cream was not too sweet. I will definitely make this again, maybe in individual portions too.

angela3394's picture
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Made this for a family dinner and it went down a treat. Everyone had seconds!

verityboak's picture
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We made this for a girls night in. Looked fantastic, was easy to throw together and tasted yummy. Will def do again.

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