We are super excited by this “knock your socks off” pudding. It has it’s roots in a classic pavlova (thank you Delia Smith) but it’s got a little Eclectic East twist! Adding the ginger and the lemon to the meringue gives it a bit of zest and zing which is complimented by the coolness of the coconut cream. I have used blackberries and raspberries because they are my favourite berries, but you can use any that you love. Experiment the Eclectic East way!
Ingredients – Makes enough for 6
For the Meringues
- 2 large egg whites
- 100grams caster sugar
- grated zest of one lemon
- 1 teaspoon of finely grated ginger.
For the topping
- 1/4 cup coconut cream
- 1/2 cup single cream
- One punnet of raspberries
- One punnet of blackberries
- Zest and juice of 2 limes
- Fresh Mint leaves
1. You need to start by making your meringues well in advance because they need to cool before you assemble the pudding. I advise at least an hour cooling time.
2. Pre heat your oven to 150 degrees C.
3. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
4. Start by whisking the egg whites until you have stiff peaks
5. Once you have stiff peaks, slowly add the sugar little by little. Then add the lemon zest and grated ginger.
6. Keep whisking until you have a smooth and stiff mixture, it should stick to the back of a spoon. Now place tablespoon fulls of the mixture in equal spacing on the baking tray.
7. Place into the oven and turn down immediately to 140 degrees C. Cook for 30 mins. After this, turn off the oven and leave them to cool there for as long as you can. If you can leave them to totally cool in the oven then that is best, but if you want to hurry things along, remove each meringue from the oven and place on a wire cooling rack.
Now on with the fun part!
8. Blend your coconut cream and single cream together and whisk. Note that it will not whisk into thick, fully whipped, cream because of the coconut cream – you are just aiming to get some air into it.
9. When your meringues are fully cooled, crumble them into random clusters.
10. In a clean glass or bowl start to layer up your ingredients, starting with the crumbled meringue, then adding some cream mixture, then some berries and a squeeze of lime and lime zest. Keep layering up like this until you get to the top.
11. Finish the glass with a bit of mint and some more lime zest to give it a beautiful colour.
Enjoy! Oh, and relish the fact that meringues are fat free!