Ingredients:

  • 50g fine brown sugar per free range egg white
  • 1 medium carton double cream
  • 1 punnet of local raspberries (mine were from Craigie’s)
  • Icing sugar to dust

Method:

  • Whisk egg whites until thick and white. The peaks should stand up.
  • Add sugar gradually, whisking all the time with electric beaters, until all the sugar incorporated. It will be glossy now.
  • Pipe meringues in desired shapes onto a baking sheet lined with baking parchment.
  • Bake at 140 – 150 C. Turn heat to lower temperature if they are browning too quickly.
  • When they feel dry to the touch (about 45mins-1hr depending on size) switch off oven and leave them to dry out for at least another hour in oven, ideally overnight – I like to make meringues in evening then switch off oven for the night!
  • Remove tray from oven. Ensure they are cold before decorating with whipped cream and raspberries.
  • Use a colourful paper napkin with a cocktail stick to create sails if wished.
  • Unfilled meringues can be made in advance and will keep for at least a week in an airtight tin.

Recipe & photo, Wendy Barrie, Scottish Food Guide

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