With a flavour that seemingly crosses citrus and passion fruit, sea buckthorn (an orange berry) is seemingly the current ingredient du jour. Here, Cornish chef, Nathan Outlaw, uses the locally found ingredient to make a challenging yet vibrant meringue recipe. Sea buckthorn juice can be found in health shops, as it’s currently being touted as a high-antioxidant superfood

Method
1.
To make the wholemeal shortbread, beat the butter and sugar together in a food processor until pale and fluffy. Add the flours and a pinch of salt and blend on a slow setting until the mixture forms a dough. Wrap the dough in cling film and set aside for an hour
2.
While the dough is resting, make the yoghurt sorbet. Combine the milk, glucose, caster sugar and sorbet stabiliser (if using) in a saucepan and heat to boiling point, whisking thoroughly. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool
3.
Once the sorbet base has cooled, whisk in the yogurt and churn the mixture in an ice cream machine, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer the sorbet to a container and store in the freezer
4.
Remove the short bread dough from the fridge and leave to soften sightly. Roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut into 7.5cm diameter biscuits. Place on a baking tray and chill for 30 minutes
5.
Preheat the oven to 160°C/Gas mark 3 and bake the shortbread for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with caster sugar and set aside to cool on a wire rack
6.
To make the sea buckthorn curd, soak the gelatine leaves in a bowl of cold water for 10 minutes. Dice the butter ready to add later
Ribbon
The ribbon refers to the physical properties of a thickened liquid and its ability to hold on the surface. A thin ribbon will be visible and hold on the surface for 1-2 seconds, a thick ribbon will be visible and hold on the surface for 5 seconds or more. It is often referred to when making batters, custards or creams
7.
Combine the sea buckthorn juice, lemon juice and 50ml of water in a saucepan and heat until boiling. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and sugar together in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently steaming water. Keep whisking to thick ribbon stage
8.
Remove the sea buckthorn juice mixture from the heat. Squeeze out any excess water from the softened gelatine and stir in to dissolve. Slowly pour into the egg mixture while continue to whisk to maintain a thick ribbon
9.
Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter until completely incorporated. Line a small 2cm deep baking tray with cling film. Pour in the curd mixture, smooth over with a palette knife and leave to set in the fridge for 3-4 hours
10.
To make the meringue, grease four 7.5cm stainless steel rings with butter and wrap cling film around the base. Heat the sugar, glucose powder and 80g of water in a small saucepan to 115°C (use a digital thermometer to check this). Meanwhile whisk the egg whites with an electric whisk until soft peaks form when the whisk is lifted from the bowl
11.
Carefully pour the hot syrup over the egg whites in a thin stream and continue whisking on a low speed until the mixture cools and thickens
12.
Transfer the cooled meringue to a piping bag and pipe one layer into the rings, leaving a gap in the middle. Using another piping bag, pipe the curd into the centre, then pipe some more meringue on top. Level the surface with a palate knife and chill
13.
To make the syrup, heat all the ingredients together in a saucepan until boiling, then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes, or until the mixture is thick and syrupy
14.
To make the vanilla yoghurt sauce, whisk the yogurt and the seeds of the vanilla pod together in a bowl. Add a little milk to loosen the sauce, then add sugar to taste
15.
To plate, lay a piece of shortbread in the middle of each plate, followed by small cubes of the set sea buckthorn curd. Pipe a few lines of the meringue over half the shortbread, followed by small dollops of the yoghurt. Finish with the shortbread crumbs, drizzle of syrup and a quenelle of yoghurt sorbet
Quenelling sorbet
To quenelle, hold a spoon with the rounded bottom up. Place the far edge of the spoon into the sorbet with the near edge close to the surface but not touching it. Drag the spoon towards you, twisting your wrist up. The sorbet should curl up with the shape of the spoon and fold into an egg shape
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Ingredients

Wholemeal shortbread

  • 250g of unsalted butter
  • 80g of caster sugar, for dusting
  • 200g of plain flour, for dusting
  • 130g of plain wholemeal flour
  • 1 tbsp of cornflour
  • salt

Yoghurt sorbet

  • 200ml of milk
  • 120g of liquid glucose
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 300g of natural yoghurt, strained

Sea buckthorn curd

  • 200ml of sea buckthorn juice
  • 50ml of lemon juice
  • 6 free-range eggs
  • 300g of caster sugar
  • 120g of unsalted butter
  • 2 gelatine leaves

Meringue

  • butter for greasing
  • 340g of caster sugar
  • 28g of liquid glucose
  • 140g of egg white

Sea buckthorn syrup

  • 100ml of sea buckthorn juice
  • 200g of liquid glucose
  • 80g of caster sugar

Vanilla yoghurt sauce

  • 100g of plain yoghurt, strained
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 dash of milk
  • sugar to taste

Equipment

  1. Piping bags
  2. Ice cream maker
  3. Digital thermometer
  4. 4 x 7.5cm stainless steel rings

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Nathan Outlaw creates an intriguing and interesting dessert out of the increasingly popular ingredient - sea buckthorn - in this meringue recipe

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