Best Ever Summer Desert

Ok, so this is no design post, but baking is a sort of craft, right? In any case I just had to share this recipe / idea for a summer desert, which in our family was named the Best Ever Summer Desert because… well because that’s what we think it is!

My friend and neighbor gave me the idea of combining a meringue base with vanilla ice cream and fresh (preferably freshly picked) strawberries.

The recipe I use for the meringue is as follows:

(serves 4-5)

3 large fresh egg whites

175 g caster sugar

Pre-heat the oven to 150C or 300F

Place the egg whites in a large mixing bowl and start whisking. When the bowl can be turned up-side down (over one of your kids’ heads muahaha) withOUT the mixture falling out, you start adding the sugar a little bit at a time, whilst continuing to whisk. The mixture should be forming soft peaks, don’t over whisk or it might collapse.

Then spoon the mixture onto a sheet of baking parchment in a circle and place little “blobs around the edge.

Bake in the middle of the oven for one hour. We like ours a bit chewey in the centre, if you do, take it out now. (If you like it dry, leave it in the oven, but turn the oven off and take the meringue out once the oven has cooled.)

Now, just place about half a litre of sliced or scooped ice cream on top (we get the cheap kind that you slice) and then half a punnet of strawberries and scatter them on top. You may want to grate some dark chocolate over the whole thing too.

Now all that’s left, is to dig in and enjoy the taste of Summer! We find that the best thing about this desert, is that it can’t really be saved, so you just have to finish it all!

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