Wade's Citrus Meringue Nests with Mixed Berries is a showstopping dessert.

Ingredients

Serves: 8
Prep time: Approx 3 ½ hours

Meringues:

  • 3 large egg whites
  • Pinch cream of tartar
  • 112g caster sugar
  • 1 tspn zest of lemon, arrange & grapefruit

Berries:

  • 60g caster sugar
  • 60 mls fresh orange juice
  • 600g mixed fresh berries

To Serve:

  • Meringues
  • Berry Mix
  • Fresh Lemon Curd

Method

Meringues:

  1. Preheat the oven to 90oC. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat if you have one. 
  2. In your mixing bowl, whip the egg whites and cream of tartar until it reaches the soft peak stage. Slowly add the sugar with the mixer still running, a couple of tablespoons at a time.
  3. Beat until all the sugar is combined and when you lift up the whisk the meringue is stiff and glossy. Using a rubber spatula fold in the citrus zest until thoroughly combined.
  4. Divide the egg mix into 8 even mounds on the baking tray, leaving about 1 ½ inches space between each one. Bake the meringues for approx. 2 hours or until firm.
  5. Turn off the oven and leave them for a least 1 hour or ideally overnight to dry out. Once cool and dry remove the meringues from the tray and store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
  6. The meringues will keep for at least a week once stored correctly.

Berries:

  1. In a large pan combine the sugar and the orange juice. Bring to a simmer and allow the sugar to dissolve.
  2. Add half the mixed berries to the pan and warm through until the berries release their juices and soften slightly.
  3. Gently pour over the remaining berries and stir gently until well combined. Allow to cool.

To Serve:

  1. Place the meringue nests in the center of your serving plates.
  2. Place a spoonful of lemon curd on top of each one and then divide the berry mixture evenly over each meringue.
  3. Finish with a good drizzle of the orange berry syrup and serve straight away.

Wade berries