Blackcurrant and Swiss meringue lollies

  • Snack
  • medium
  • Makes 20 lollies
  • 60 minutes

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Blackcurrant leaf oil

Blackcurrant lolly

  • 150g of sugar
  • 150g of egg yolk
  • 40g of glucose
  • 4 gelatine leaves
  • 180g of cream cheese
  • 180g of double cream
  • 180g of cocoa butter, melted

Swiss meringue

Blackcurrant sugar

1
Blend the blackcurrant leaves and vegetable oil in a high-powered blender until the mixture reaches 64°C, then strain through a muslin cloth set over a bowl overnight in the fridge
2
The next day, combine the sugar, glucose and a splash of water in a pan and bring up to 119°C. Soften the gelatine in cold water for a few minutes, then remove and squeeze the excess water out when softened
  • 40g of glucose
  • 150g of sugar
  • 4 gelatine leaves
3
Place the egg yolks in the bowl of a stand mixer and start whisking on full speed. Once the sugar has reached 119°C, pour slowly over the whisking yolks. Add the gelatine and continue to whisk until the mixture has cooled
4
Once cool, slow down the mixer and slowly stream in 150ml of the blackcurrant leaf oil, then add the cream cheese
  • 180g of cream cheese
5
Gently whisk the double cream to the ribbon stage and fold into the mix. Line a 10cm square baking tin with cling film and pour the mixture into the baking tin. Freeze until the mixture is completely frozen
  • 180g of double cream
6
Blend the dried blackcurrants and sugar together and reserve for later
7
When the lolly mixture has frozen, cut into 1-inch cubes and insert a wooden stick in each one. Dip each lolly in the melted cocoa butter, then return to the freezer to set
8
Mix the egg whites and sugar in a mixing bowl. Cook over a pan of simmering water (a bain-marie) until the mixture reaches 73°C, then remove and whisk (in a stand mixer or with electric beaters) until the bowl goes cold and the meringue is thick and glossy
9
Dip the frozen lollies in the meringue, coat with blackcurrant sugar and run a blowtorch around the outside to caramelise and char the exterior
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