Cranberry meringue roulade

Cranberry meringue roulade

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 15 mins plus cooling

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Serves 8
Work on your meringue skills to roll up this sensational dessert with tangy fruit, toasted almonds and vanilla cream filling

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal426
  • fat22g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars51g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.1g
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    For the meringue

    • 4 large egg whites
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
    • 200g white caster sugar
    • handful flaked almonds
    • icing sugar, for dusting

    For the cranberries

    • 300g pack frozen cranberry


      A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…

    • 250ml fresh pomegranate juice (not pomegranate juice drink), or use orange juice
    • 100g white caster sugar, plus 1-2 tbsp to taste (optional)
    • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
    • ¼ tsp arrowroot mixed with 1 tsp cold water

    For the cream

    • 3 tbsp icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting
    • 300ml pot double cream
    • 170g pot Total Greek yogurt
    • ½ tsp vanilla paste, or seeds from ½ vanilla pod



      The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…


    1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease then line a 23 x 32cm shallow baking tray. Using electric hand beaters, whisk the egg whites, lemon juice and a pinch of salt until stiff but not dry.

    2. Add 1 tbsp of the caster sugar, then whisk until the mixture thickens again to make stiff peaks. Repeat with the rest of the sugar, spoon by spoon, until the mix resembles thick shiny shaving foam. Spread the mixture into the tin, scatter with almonds, then bake for 15 mins or until risen, firm and golden. Cool completely. (It will deflate.)

    3. Simmer the cranberries in the pomegranate juice for 10 mins until tender. Add the sugar and cinnamon, and simmer for 5 mins or until syrupy. Taste and add more sugar if you need to. Stir in the arrowroot until the juices thicken, then leave to cool.

    4. To assemble, sift plenty of icing sugar over a large piece of parchment, then carefully flip the meringue onto it. Remove the tin and the baking parchment. With a short end facing you, score a line 2cm into meringue. Whip all the cream ingredients until thick but not stiff, then spread over the meringue. Spoon over about 1/3 of the cranberry sauce. Roll up the roulade, starting with the scored short end and using the paper underneath to help. Carefully lift onto a serving plate and serve with the remaining saucy cranberries.

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    Ann P. de Roo's picture
    Ann P. de Roo
    13th Dec, 2019
    Can I make this ahead? If I can, how many days in advance? What is the best way to store it? Ann
    29th Dec, 2014
    Made this for Boxing Day and I will definitely make again, didn't touch the sides. I made in advance and froze, one slight problem when I rolled the roulade up most of the cranberry filling oozed out. Any tips on how to roll up and keep the filling in place. Just served the filling in a bowl and no one minded.
    4th Nov, 2014
    Great recipe! I had quite a lot of cranberry sauce left which was delicious and I used for an Eton mess.
    sascha's picture
    16th Dec, 2013
    This was so much easier than it looks. Tastes wonderful, looks pretty. My advice is to roll it up as close to serving time as possible, to stop it from getting too soft.
    sascha's picture
    3rd Dec, 2013
    What do you mean by ' score a line'? This looks so delicious, I cant wait to try it.
    Frantic Flapjack
    3rd Dec, 2013
    Hello sascha. "Score a line" means to mark a line in the mixture but don't cut right through.
    21st Dec, 2017
    What´s the purpose of the arrowroot, and is there are alternative?
    goodfoodteam's picture
    23rd Dec, 2017
    Thanks for your question. The arrowroot is used to thicken the cranberry filling. You can use corn flour as an alternative.
    2nd Dec, 2015
    How long will the cooked meringue keep before it is rolled up, can I make a it a few days ahead and then roll up when ready to serve?
    goodfoodteam's picture
    14th Dec, 2015
    We wouldn't recommend keeping this for too long, as the texture is a little like marshmallow with a slight crust. You will loose the crust and the meringue might weep if stored before rolling up with the filling too far ahead.
    23rd Dec, 2014
    Can I use fresh cranberries instead of frozen? And use in the same way?
    goodfoodteam's picture
    23rd Dec, 2014
    Hi hj11 thanks for your question. It should be fine to use fresh cranberries, but they will likely take a little less time to cook than frozen, perhaps 5 mins less. However, we haven't triple tested doing so in our kitchen so cannot guarantee perfect results. Let us know how you get on. 
    30th Dec, 2014
    Thanks for your reply! The fresh cranberries worked perfectly well! I used the same quantities as for frozen, but didn't add the sugar until the cranberries were soft (having read that cooking cranberries with sugar toughens the skins), and just cooked until they were - not sure how long it took! I did find I needed more arrowroot than the recipe stated? The final result was a really impressive looking and tasting dessert - thought the sharpness of the cranberries worked especially well against the sweetness of the cream and meringue. Will definitely be making again!
    17th Dec, 2013
    Can this be frozen?
    goodfoodteam's picture
    18th Dec, 2013
    Hi there, we wouldn't recommend freezing this dessert. You could try this festive alternative where the roulade sponge can be frozen ahead:
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