We’ve just spent an idyll afternoon with family in Kent. Sun shone, birds sang and blossom perfumed their garden and all topped off by a rather delectable dessert their teenage daughter served up. It was wonderful and easy apparently so I thought I’d share the delights with you.
Forgotten Pudding by Nigella Lawson
· 6 egg whites
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 250g caster sugar, plus 2 teaspoons
· 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract butter for greasing
· 250ml double cream
· 175g blackberries
· 175g strawberries, quartered
1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas mark 7.
2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites and salt until peaks begin to form.
3. Gradually add the 250g of sugar, then the cream of tartar and vanilla, whisking all the while at speed, until the whites are stiff and glossy.
4. Butter a swiss roll tin then spread evenly with the meringue mixture.
5. Put in the oven, close the door, then immediately switch off the oven and leave overnight, without opening the door or even thinking of peeking.
6. When you want to serve it, remove to a large plate.
7. Whisk the double cream until thick but still soft and spread over the marshmallow meringue.
8. The blackberries over the top. Toss the quartered strawberries in the remaining 2 teaspoons of caster sugar and arrange them on the cream, too. Cut into slices; I cut 3 down and 2 across to make 12 squares.
Serves: Makes 12