Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Lemon Meringue Sundaes

We are entering Week 3 of Dessert Wars......after last week's Trifling Trifle, Mr B and I had big shoes (or bowls) to fill this week, but never fear, I had a plan!

A few months ago, whilst I was having a particularly bad day, Mum came to the rescue with one thing guaranteed to cheer me cookbooks! One of the books in question was the Women's Weekly 50 Fast Desserts book - it has so many fabulous ideas in it but I couldn't go passed this Lemon Meringue Sundae!

Mum hit the nail on the head last night when she said there is just something about a lemon dessert that is refreshing....and Dad hit the nail on the head when he was too busy cleaning his glass to say anything at all!

Lemon Meringue Sundaes - Serves 4

Vanilla Icecream
4 x Meringue Nests (recipe follows if you want to make your own or you can use store brought ones)
Lemon Creme (recipe follows)
Limoncello (optional)
4 x nice glasses for serving.

To make the Meringues you will need:
4 egg whites
1 cup caster sugar

Preheat your oven to 150C / 130C fan-forced and line two trays with baking paper. I suggest spraying them with cooking spray too. 

Beat the egg whites with your electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar and beat until sugar has dissolved and stiff peaks form. The mixture will have a thick marshmallow consistency.

Now you can either spread the meringue mixture onto your trays so that you have 2 large rectangles or spoon the mixture into a piping bag and pipe little nests. Note that you only need 4 meringue nests for the sundaes but this recipe will make roughly 12.

Bake the meringues for roughly 45 minutes or until they are dry to touch. Turn off the oven and allow them to cool with the door ajar for around an hour.

To make the Lemon Creme you will need:
500ml thickened cream
1 cup lemon curd

Combine the thickened cream and lemon curd in a microwave safe bowl.

Heat for 60-90 seconds. Stir to combine. Allow to cool and place in the fridge to set.

To assemble your sundaes
Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream into the base of your glass. Crumble half a meringue nest over your ice cream. Spoon over a good dollop of the lemon creme. Repeat layers and finish with a drizzle of Limoncello.


Mrs B xx

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