Hazelnut Meringue Gateau

Hazelnut Meringue Gateau

Not everyone loves the traditional figgy pud, so how about "Hazelnut Meringue Gateau" as delicious festive alternative...

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Serves: 12

9 egg whites

500g caster sugar

3tsp ground cinnamon

200g hazelnuts - toasted & chopped finely

600ml double cream - lightly whipped

200g dark chocolate, plus extra for decoration - melted

2 x 444g tins of stoneless black cherries

4tbsp Kentish cherry brandy liqueur

  1. Pre-heat oven to 150°C. Marinate the drained cherries in cherry brandy liqueur, preferably overnight.
  2. Prepare three baking trays with parchment and mark a 26cm circle in each tray.
  3. Whisk the egg whites until stiff and add a tablespoon of sugar and keep whisking. Repeat this, having added the cinnamon to the sugar.
  4. When completed, fold in the hazelnuts and spread the mixture equally over the three trays and then bake for 1¼ hours until firm.
  5. To assemble mix the 200g of melted chocolate into the whipped cream and spread over 2 discs of meringue. Drain the cherries of the liqueur and scatter them over the chocolate cream.
  6. Place one meringue disc on the other, top with the third, and decorate with the remaining melted chocolate.
  7. The gateau can be put together quite a few hours in advance.
  8. This dessert is a good choice for those who need a gluten-free diet.

This scrummy recipe was provided to us by Juliet Bidwell, who runs a catering company, providing canapés and dishes for weddings and parties of all sizes. For more information call 01797 270347 or visit julietscatering.co.uk

Photographs: David Merewether
Recipes Type: Baking and Deserts

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