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Soft lemon meringue with strawberry salad

Soft lemon meringue with strawberry salad

Soft lemon meringue with strawberry salad

  • Dessert
  • medium
  • 6
  • 2 hours, plus churning and freezing time

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1
Start by making the strawberry sorbet. Hull, wash and roughly chop the strawberries. Combine in a blender with the sugar and lemon juice and blitz until very smooth and the sugar dissolves
  • 500g of English strawberries
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 30ml of lemon juice, fresh
2
Pass through a fine strainer and churn in an cream maker according to the manufacturers' instructions. Freeze until required
3
Place the caster sugar, butter, lemon juice and zest in a bowl and place over a saucepan of boiling water, without the base of the bowl touching the water. Once the butter has melted, beat vigorously until the mixture comes together
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 100g of unsalted butter
4
Beat in the egg yolks and continue cooking for a further 15–20 minutes until the curd has thickened. Remove from the heat, leave to cool to room temperature then place the curd in a sealed container until required
  • 3 egg yolks
5
Preheat the oven 100°C/gas mark 1/4
6
For the meringue, whisk the egg whites in a food mixer (you can also do this by hand) until they reach soft peaks. While the mixer is still running, slowly add the caster sugar and continue to mix until stiff peaks form
  • 175g of egg white
  • 375g of caster sugar
7
Pipe the meringue into 8cm wide domes on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Place in the oven for 1 hour until firm. Remove from the oven and leave to cool to room temperature before using
8
For the strawberry coulis, roughly chop the strawberries and place in a small saucepan with the icing sugar. Place on a low-medium heat and stir every few minutes for 15 minutes, or until the strawberries have broken down and are very soft
  • 200g of English strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 40g of icing sugar
9
While still hot, blend the mix until smooth and pass through a fine strainer. Allow to cool and transfer to a squeezy bottle until required
10
To serve, mix the quartered strawberries with a little of the strawberry coulis. Finely shred the fresh mint leaves with a sharp knife and add to the strawberry mix
  • 1 punnet of strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 8 mint leaves
11
Gently press the underside of each meringue to make an indentation and pipe in the lemon curd. Spoon a circular pile of the strawberry salad onto each serving plate and place the lemon curd meringues on top
12
Behind the meringue, spoon a little of the fresh vanilla custard and place a scoop of the strawberry sorbet on top. Serve immediately
  • 200ml of vanilla custard

Ingredients

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Strawberry sorbet

Lemon curd

Meringues

Strawberry coulis

Strawberry salad

To serve

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