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Smashed chocolate licorice meringues with whipped cream and cherries

Smashed chocolate licorice meringues with whipped cream and cherries

Serves 6

Preparation time 30 minutes
Baking time 1h15 minutes

 

3 medium egg whites

150g soft dark brown sugar

30g cocoa powder

40g soft black licorice sweets, very chopped finely

125g dark chocolate, roughly chopped

¼ tsp salt

 

200ml whipping cream

200g cherries

30g dark chocolate

 

Preheat the oven to 120°C (fan). Place the chocolate and the licorice bit in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of just simmering water (don’t let the base touch the water). Once melted take off the heat and leave to cool for 5 minutes.

 

In the meantime, begin to whisk the egg whites with the salt until very frothy, then gradually crumble in the sugar while whisking continually. Whisk until the egg whites reach quite firm peaks. Sift in the cocoa powder and pour in the cooled melted chocolate. Fold until the cocoa powder and chocolate are incorporated. Spoon 6 heaps onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Bake for 1h 15 minutes or until crisp and dry on the outside.

 

Whip the cream to soft peaks. Cut the cherries in half.

 

To serve, crumble up the meringue along the serving plate. Place the whipped cream in a piping bag and make dots of cream randomly in the plate. Dress with the cherry halves prettily. Use a vegetable peeler or a grater to add little flakes of chocolate to the top.

 

Get ahead

The meringues, once cooled, will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days. They also freeze well.

 

Tips

Try not to over ‘fold’ the meringue with the chocolate and cocoa powder. You want to keep as much of the air in the meringue as possible.