6 egg whites
350 g caster sugar
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp cornflour (or corn starch), sifted
⅓ cup (50 g) icing sugar, sifted
600ml thickened cream
500 g mixed berries
2 ½ cups (550 g) caster sugar
300 ml thickened cream (at room temperature)
2 tbls PEPPADEW® Sweet Piquanté Peppers Mild Chopped
- Preheat the oven to 150 ºC. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
- Place egg white in the clean, dry bowl of an electric mixer and whisk on high speed for 3-4 minutes until soft peaks form.
- Add caster sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, allowing each spoon to be incorporated before adding the next. Keep whisking until all sugar has been added and the mixture is glossy.
- Reduce speed to low, then add in vinegar, cornflour and icing sugar, until combined.
- Spread the mixture over the baking paper in a round, rectangle or wreath shape, making a slight indent in the centre (to allow for toppings).
- Reduce oven to 130 ºC and bake meringue for around 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, for the salted caramel, combine sugar with ½ cup (125 ml) water in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
- Increase heat to medium and cook, without stirring, occasionally brushing down the sides of the pan with a damp pastry brush, for 8-10 minutes until a golden caramel forms.
- Remove the caramel from heat and pour in the cream. Be careful here, as the mixture will bubble and then seize. Return the pan to low heat, add salt to taste and cook, stirring the caramel, for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
- When the meringue is cooked, turn off oven and leave the meringue inside, with the door ajar, for 1-2 hours until cooled completely.
- To serve, remove the meringue from oven and place on a platter or serving board. Whisk cream to soft peaks, add chopped PEPPADEW® Sweet Piquanté Peppers then spread over meringue. Scatter over berries and drizzle with salted caramel.
For a pretty garnish, consider sprinkling some edible petals on top just before serving with your favourite fruits and chopped PEPPADEW® Sweet Piquanté Peppers
1 tsp sea salt flakes, to taste