I made this dessert using raspberries I picked at Country Market near Bordon. I went out early on Thursday morning before it got too hot (it actually rained briefly – bliss!) and I have plenty more fruit to make some jam, which will be the first batch of the year. I love making jams and chutneys and am lucky to have been given a proper jam kettle, which I am sure will make my life much easier… I’ll let you know how it goes.
Unfortunately this pavlova disappears slightly on my white cake stand – I obviously need to add a coloured stand to my collection!
This is Nigella Lawson’s pavlova recipe and it turned out very well. Really dry and crisp on the outside but very gooey in the centre. I think maybe I have perfected small meringues too and am wondering whether they could feature in a Lavender Sugar afternoon tea at some point. They would be wonderful for a summer tea party in the garden, with plenty of fresh fruit and lashings of soft, whipped cream.
The cheesecake from yesterday’s post needed three eggs and three egg yolks, so I found myself staring at a bowl of egg whites (yes, I am rather strange at times)! I know I could have frozen them or made a virtuous egg white omelette, but that didn’t sound very exciting and I had a bit of time to spare, so I decided to whip up some straightforward meringues. I thought they could be served with berries and ice cream as an alternative to the cheesecake.
As it turned out, meringues happen to be a favourite of my god-daughter and her younger sister, so I was really pleased that I had made them, and they turned out really well. Nice and dry but with a little bit of gooeyness in the centre. I used one of my new piping nozzles and there was an amusing moment at the table when my god-daughter told us that she thought the meringues resembled something most unsavoury! I wanted to tell you what she said, but my husband said I couldn’t possibly put that on a blog based around food and the gentle pursuit of afternoon tea….. Anyway, you don’t need much imagination to work it out!!!