Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 175 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • for the topping:
  • 225 g small ripe strawberries (hulled and halved)
  • 1 tblsp sifted icing sugar
  • 1/4 tsp finely grated orange rind
  • 1 tblsp cointreau (or another orange-flavoured liqueur
  • 300 ml double cream

Method

  • These meringues have a crisp exterior and delicious, marshmallow-like centres. They will keep for at least one week in an airtight container, just add the strawberry topping just before serving or the meringues will go soft.
  • Preheat the oven to 140°C (275°F/Gas 1).
  • Place the egg whites into a large bowl with the salt and whisk with a hand-held electric mixer until they form stiff peaks.
  • Whisk in the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, to make a stiff glossy meringue.
  • Whisk in the cornflour and vinegar.
  • Drop 6 even-sized spoonfuls of the meringue mixture onto a baking sheet lined with non-stick parchment paper, spacing them well apart and flatten slightly with the back of a spoon, making a small dip in the centre.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave them inside for 2-3 hours to go completely cold.
  • This should stop them from cracking.
  • Half an hour before serving prepare the topping.
  • Place the strawberries in a bowl and gently mix with the icing sugar, orange rind and Cointreau.
  • Set aside to allow the flavours to infuse.
  • Just before serving, whip the cream in a bowl to soft peaks.
  • Spoon a small dollop of the cream in the centre of each plate and sit a meringue on top to prevent them from sliding around on the plates.
  • Spoon the whipped cream on top.
  • Pile the strawberries on top, drizzling any juices around the plates and serve.