Rainbow rippled meringues

 

 

Makes 12 pairs

Ingredients

2 large eggs whites

115g / 4oz white caster sugar

Plus two of the following flavours:

Lemon meringues

very finely grated zest ½  lemon

yellow food colouring paste

Orange meringues

very finely grated zest ½  orange

orange food colouring paste

Pistachio meringues

1 tbsp finely chopped shelled pistachios

green food colouring paste

Blueberry meringues

1 tbsp freeze-dried blueberries, pounded to a dust using a pestle and mortar

blue food colouring paste

Lavender meringues

¼  tbsp dried lavender, pounded to a dust using a pestle and mortar

purple food colouring paste

Strawberry meringues

1 tbsp freeze-dried strawberries, blitzed in a mini processor

pink food colouring paste

Passion fruit cream for lemon meringues

In a bowl, whisk 300ml double cream with 1 tbsp icing sugar until it just holds it shape. Swirl through the pulp and seeds from 3 passion fruits, then chill until ready to serve.

Cardamom yogurt for pistachio meringues

Break the seeds from 10 cardamom pods into a mortar. Add 1 tbsp golden caster sugar and pound with a pestle to a fine powder. Swirl the cardamom sugar into a 300g pot Greek yogurt, and then chill until ready to serve.

Cinnamon cream for orange meringues

Put 300ml double cream, 1 tbsp icing sugar and 1 tsp ground cinnamon in a bowl. Whisk until it just holds its shape, and chill until ready to serve.

Lemon curd cream for blueberry meringues

In a bowl, whisk 300ml double cream with 1 tbsp icing sugar until it just holds its shape. Swirl through 3 tbsp lemon curd and chill until ready to serve.

White chocolate & mascarpone cream for lavender meringues

Break 100g white chocolate into a small microwaveable bowl and melt in 20-sec blasts in the microwave, stirring in between. Leave to cool a little. In another bowl, whisk 150ml double cream and 150g mascarpone until it just holds its shape. Swirl through the chocolate, but don’t overmix. Chill until ready to serve.

Strawberries and cream meringues

Place 200g of halved or quartered strawberries on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle over 2 tbsp of Demerara sugar and leave for 30 minutes.  The sugar will draw lots of water out of the strawberries.  Whisk 150ml double cream until it just holds its shape, fold through the strawberries and use for meringues.

Method

Heat oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1 and line 2 large baking sheets with baking parchment. First, set up your piping bags. You will need 2 disposable piping bags for the 2 flavours. Using a wet paintbrush, paint lines of undiluted food colouring along the inside of the piping bags. Be quite generous, because you want bold colours. Wash the brush well between each colour so they don’t mix. Snip off an opening about 1.5cm, then put the bags to one side.

Tip the egg whites into a large mixing bowl or table-top mixer – make sure it’s grease-free before you start. Whisk the eggs with an electric hand whisk or in your mixer, until they hold soft peaks. Begin adding the sugar 1 tbsp at a time, whisking continuously, until you have a thick and glossy meringue, which will hold up in a stiff peak on the end of the whisk. Divide the meringue into 2 bowls and swirl through your chosen flavourings (to correspond to the piping bag colours). You want to achieve a marbled effect rather than thoroughly mixing it all in.

Put the piping bag fitted with your nozzle into a tall glass or jug and roll the piping bag down over the lip of the jug to hold it in place. Fill the bag with the correct flavoured meringue to match the colour in the bag. Lift up and twist the end to seal.

Hold the piping bag about 2cm vertically above the baking tray. Apply an even pressure to the bag, slowly lifting the bag as you squeeze, to make a smooth round meringue, approximately 6cm wide. To finish with a nice peak at the top, push down a little on the mixture then quickly pull the nozzle away.

Continue until all the mixture in the bag is used up, leaving enough room for the meringues to spread a little. Quickly remove the nozzle, wash it and dry well, then drop in the next piping bag. Continue with the remaining mixtures until it they are all used up and you have 2 trays covered with 2 colours of meringues.

Bake for 1 hr, turning the heat down to 120C/100C fan/gas ½ for the final 30 mins. Can be made up to a week ahead and kept in an airtight container, or serve with our flavoured creams