Salted Honey Cream Meringue Wreath
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5 from 2 votes

Salted Honey Cream Meringue Wreath

If you are looking for a simple to prepare dessert that is smart enough to impress your guests, look no further than this Salted Honey Cream Meringue Wreath with fresh strawberries. It's relatively simple to prepare, tastes sensational and will easily win hearts at the dinner table.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Worldwide
Keyword: meringue wreath, muscovado meringue, salted honey, salted honey cream, salted honey meringue
Servings: 8
Author: Jane Saunders

Ingredients

For the Meringue

  • 3 Egg Whites (large, free range)
  • 100 g/ 1/2 cup Light muscovado sugar (or replace with caster sugar)
  • 100 g/ 1/2 cup Caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Cornflour (cornstarch)

Salted Honey Cream

  • 300 ml/ 1 1/4 cups Double (heavy) cream
  • 2 tbsp Runny honey
  • 3/4 tsp Sea salt flakes

Topping

  • 200 g/ 1 cup Fresh strawberries
  • Mint leaves or edible flowers for garnish
  • Black pepper (optional)

Instructions

Make the Meringue

  • Preheat oven to 140C/ 275F/ GM1
  • Cut a piece of baking parchment to fit your baking sheet. Draw a circle onto the centre of the parchment using a regular sized side plate as a template. Flip the parchment over so the pencil marking is on the reverse 
  • Weight the sugars into one bowl and stir to combine
  • Put the egg whites into a medium sized bowl and begin to whisk, using electric beaters, until just stiff
  • Add the sugar, 1 teaspoon at a time, whisking continuously, until all of the sugar has been added. This process will take around 5 minutes, but the meringue will be a much better texture than if you add it all in one go
  • Add the vinegar and cornflour and whisk for a further minute until fully incorporated
  • Spoon the meringue into a piping bag fitted with a suitable nozzle (I used a Wilton 4C) and pipe a meringue nest onto the template - begin by piping a dot onto the template you have drawn (12 0'clock). This is the centre of the nest. Next, in one continuous motion, go around the dot twice to make a bigger circle, and then go around again on top of the outer circle to make the sides. In the same way, pipe another nest onto the template directly opposite the first nest (6 o'clock). Add a nest at 3 o'clock and one at 9 o'clock. Finally, pipe 4 more nests in between the first 4 to join up the meringue and complete the circle (the nests need to be touching). Use any extra meringue to fill in/ join/ decorate the wreath or to add extra height to the nests.
  • Put into the oven, turn the heat down to 120C/250F/ GM 1/2 and let cook for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn the heat down to 100C/ 210F/ GM 1/4 and cook for a further 30 minutes
  • Try to peel the parchment away from the meringue - it should easily come away. If so, remove the meringue from the oven and let cool completely. If not, allow to cook for 5-10 more minutes and test again
  • Once cool store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to assemble and serve

Make the Cream

  • Grind the sea salt using a pestle and mortar
  • Pour the cream into a medium bowl. Add the honey and sea salt
  • Whisk until soft peaks form - be careful not to overwhip the cream and make it stiff

Serving

  • When ready to serve, spoon or pipe the cream into the cavity of each nest 
  • Chop the strawberries finely and scatter a few pieces over the top of each nest. The rest can be put into a bowl for people to help themselves to with their portion of the wreath.
  • Garnish with fresh mint or edible flowers
  • Serve, with a grind of black pepper if desired