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Salted caramel Christmas meringue

Author Moyra Fraser for Bonne Maman

Ingredients

  • 5 egg whites
  • 300 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp distilled malt vinegar
  • 300 ml double cream
  • 60 g Bonne Maman Salted Caramel Spread

To decorate

  • 50 g toasted shredded almonds
  • icing sugar
  • icing snowflakes

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 110C, 90C fan oven, mark low. With a pencil, mark a 22.5cm square on a sheet of baking parchment and turn over, pencil down, onto a large baking sheet.

  2. Mix together the egg whites, sugar and vinegar in a heatproof bowl. Place over a saucepan of gently simmering water and beat with an electric whisk for 10 minutes or until very stiff and shiny.

  3. Spread the meringue mixture into the marked square and bake for 40 minutes then cool. The meringue will feel soft and mallowy and the top just slightly firm.

  4. Whip the cream until it just holds its shape and fold in half the caramel. Keep whisking slowly for a few more seconds until the cream is just firm enough to spread.

  5. Cut the square into 3 lengths, each roughly 7.5cm x 22.5cm. Using a palette knife, lift one length of meringue onto a serving platter and spread with about a third of the cream. Drizzle with half the remaining caramel and place a second length of meringue on top and spread again with cream. Drizzle with the remaining caramel and top with the final meringue.

  6. Scatter the top with the almonds, dust with icing sugar and add edible snowflakes, to serve.