Sunday, July 20, 2014

Airy Meringue cake

Is it the prettiest cake I've ever made?.. No.. 
Is it one of the most delicious cakes I've ever made?.. Absolutely! 
This is a cake that I would serve with family or just at a simple dinner with friends, people who you don't feel that you have to impress that much because the cake looks like a total mess when it lands on your plate but it tastes amazing! What's great with the meringue layers is that they make the cake very airy and not so heavy, in other words - perfect for this hot summer weather. 
This cake takes about 3 hours to make including the time that the meringue is in the oven. 

The only thing that can be a bit tricky with this cake is finding the time to assemble it. You have to assemble it right before you serve it otherwise it will just turn into a soggy mess because the moisture from the cream goes into the meringue. 

If you want to you can make the meringue a day before and just leave it out over night and then whip the cream and cut the fruit before the meal, assemble it in 10 minutes and then serve it. 

What you need:
For the meringue:
9 egg whites
3 pinches of salt 
6dl sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
food coloring - optional

For the filling and topping: 
Whipped cream 
1 liter Straberries
100g Blueberries
2 Bananas 
2 Pasionfruits

Start by making your meringue:
Step1: Preheat your oven to 100° Celsius
Step1: Use a plate to draw rounds on five pieces of baking paper so that all the meringue layers are the same size.
Step2: Start by whipping the egg whites and salt together to a hard foam.
Step3: Add the sugar and whip it until you achieve hard peaks (so that the meringue stands straight up when you lift your whisk.
Step4: add the and lemon juice (and the food coloring if you want to)
Step5: Fill the circles with even amounts of meringue and then bake them in the oven for one to two hours. When you take them out they should be hard on the outside but when you knock on it with your finger it should sound empty. 
Step6: Take the meringue out of the oven and let them cool. 

When the meringue has been baking for about one and a half hours:
Step7: Whip your cream, cut your fruit and berries into pieces that you think are good (I chose to slice my strawberries, bananas, cut the blueberries in half. Pour your passion fruit seeds out in a small bowl so that you can just spread them out with a spoon. 

Assemble the cake right before you serve it:
Step8: When the meringue has cooled place one on a plate and start by spreading out whipped cream on top of it and then put some fruit on top of the cream. A lot of fruit! Try to cover the cream with fruit except fror 1.5cm along the edge, if you don't have a lot of fruit you risk making your cake too sweet! I chose to have strawberries and passion fruit in the 1st and 3rd layer of fruit and bananas and blueberries in the 2nd and 4th layer.
Step9: Put another layer of meringue on top and do the same thing all over again with all the pieces of meringue. 
Step10: Put the last bit of meringue on top and then spread out some whipped cream and arrange some fruit on top. 

I just needed to have my bike in the pictures because I love how both the cake and bike are red, white and blue! 

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