Muscovado Meringue is sweet with notes of honey and caramel. A crisp shell yields to a soft gooey centre. Served alongside whipped cream and cherries & pears poached in red wine, it makes a spectacular feast of a dessert.
I think of meringue as a quietly confident classic dessert. It can be haphazardly presented or piped and preened into a work of edible art. But one thing is for sure; the taste of homemade meringue is an absolute treat.
Call me lazy, but I usually prefer a homely, laid back approach when making meringue. I’ll put the leg work into making the perfect blend, but I rarely pipe the meringue, unless I really am after a pristine finish to my dessert.
You’ll be pleased to hear that I’m not insisting you pipe neat nests for these Muscovado Meringues, which, by the way, come served with Red Wine Poached Cherries and Pears. Forget fancy swirls or perfectly formed cases. A splurge of cream and a helping of ruby red fruit and sauce are the only accessories this sweet, gooey Muscovado Meringue requires.
Ignoring my inherent idleness, let’s talk more about the Muscovado Meringue. First up, as it is based on French meringue, it is one of the easiest of all meringues to make. It’s as simple as whisking egg whites and adding the sugar gradually.
I’ve switched out some of the white sugar in favour of light Muscovado sugar. The Muscovado makes the meringue less intensely sweet and lends a hint of honeyed caramel to the overall flavour. Oh sweet gooey joy. These meringues are crisp and crunchy on the outside yet soft and pillowy inside. Almost like marshmallow. Just how I like them.
I’ve also sprinkled in a few chopped hazelnuts to add a little extra interest to the flavour and texture of the meringues. But if nuts are not your bag, leaving them out won’t harm the recipe.
Once made, Muscovado Meringue can be paired with a vast number of fruity toppings and served with either whipped cream or ice cream. If you are after a speedy pudding, I can particularly recommend you try them with strawberries and vanilla ice cream. However, if you have a little extra time to prepare a treat, then serve them with Red Wine Poached Cherries and Pears with a helping of whipped cream.
Flavoured with crystallised ginger, vanilla and orange zest this is a fruity topping to savour. The colour is bold and alluring and it’s without a doubt a smart option to serve for a special occasion. And the best news is that you can make everything in advance, ready to assemble last minute – the meringue, the fruit and the sauce. Bonus.
If you want to find out more about meringues hop over to my post featuring White Chocolate Peppermint Meringue Sandwiches. Not only will you pick up a little meringue-based knowledge but you’ll also get another fantastic recipe. And… surprise! You’ll discover I’m not always such a sloth in the meringue kitchen – these adorable little delicacies are deftly piped.
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