Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie


This lemon meringue pie is a true family favourite and was one of the first pies I ever baked. The filling is very easy to make from scratch. It gives a mixture that is both creamy and full of zingy lemon flavour to complement the sweetness of the meringue on top.


Lemon Meringue Pie
Prepares: 4–6 servings
  • Preparation time: About 45 minutes
  • Standing time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: About 55 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the shortcrust pastry
  • 170g (6 oz) plain flour/cake and pastry flour (1⅓ cups)
  • pinch of salt
  • 40g (1½ oz) butter, cut into cubes (3 tbsp, or ⅜ stick)
  • 40g (1½ oz) lard, cut into cubes (3 tbsp)
  • about 2 tbsp cold water

  • For the filling
  • 3 tbsp cornflour/cornstarch
  • 150ml (5 fl oz) water (⅔ cup)
  • 2 lemons, zest and juice
  • 115g (4 oz) granulated sugar (½ cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 2 egg yolks (reserve the whites for the meringue)

  • For the meringue
  • 2 egg whites
  • 115g (4 oz) caster sugar/superfine sugar (½ cup + 1 tbsp)

  • You will also need an 18cm (7 inch) round deep pie plate with rim and a baking tray/sheet.

  1. Method
  2. For the pastry
  3. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl.

  4. Rub the fat into the flour until the mixture resembles fresh breadcrumbs. This can be done by hand or in a food processor.

  5. Sprinkle the water evenly over the surface (if it is not sprinkled evenly it can cause blistering when the pastry is cooked). Start bringing the dough together using a pallet knife until it starts clumping. Then knead the dough until it is smooth. Pop in a plastic food bag and refrigerate to rest for 30 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F) (gas 5).

  7. Roll out the pastry onto a floured surface to a thickness of 6mm (¼ inch) and 5cm (2 inches) larger than the pie plate.

  8. Now cut a 1.25cm (½ inch) strip from around the edge of the pastry. Dampen the rim of the pie plate with water and then use the strip to cover the rim, pressing it down.

  9. Next dampen the strip of pastry. Then line the pie plate with the remaining pastry, gently pressing it down into the pie plate and around the rim to make sure no air is trapped but being careful not to stretch the pastry.

  10. Remove any excess pastry from around the edge of the rim and prick the base of the pastry with a fork.

  11. Bake blind for 15 minutes.

  12. Carefully remove the paper and baking beans, and return the pastry to the oven for a further 5–10 minutes until it is cooked through. Remove from the oven and set aside.

  13. Reduce the oven temperature to 150°C (300°F) (gas 2) and place a baking tray/sheet in the oven.

  14. For the filling
  15. While the pastry is cooking, the filling can be prepared. Mix the cornflour with the water in a saucepan. Then stir in the zest and juice of the lemons. Bring slowly to the boil, stirring, until the mixture thickens.

  16. Now reduce the temperature to medium and add the sugar, stirring until it has dissolved. Remove from the heat, cool the mixture for a couple of minutes.

  17. Beat in the egg yolks. Set aside.

  18. For the meringue
  19. Whisk the egg whites until stiff.

  20. Then gradually add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, whisking well between each addition, until the mixture is stiff and glossy.

  21. To finish
  22. The pastry case can either be left in the pie plate or carefully removed. Place the pie plate or the pastry case only on the warmed baking tray/sheet.

  23. Now pour the lemon filling into the pastry case and level the surface.

  24. Pile the meringue on top, making sure it completely covers the filling. Finally pull the meringue up into peaks using the tip of a knife.

  25. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. The meringue will be crisp and lightly browned on the outside but still soft on the inside.

  26. It can be served warm or cold. If it is to be served warm, let it rest for 20 minutes after taking it out of the oven before slicing into portions.

Updated: February 20, 2020

Traditional English Pancakes

Traditional English Pancakes


These traditional English pancakes are served with lemon and sugar – easy to prepare and easy to eat!


Traditional English Pancakes
Prepares: 6–8 large pancakes
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Standing time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: About 20 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 115g (4 oz) plain flour/all-purpose flour (1 cup less 1½ tbsp)
  • pinch salt
  • 2 large eggs (U.K.)/extra large eggs (N.A.)
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) semi-skimmed/partly skimmed milk (1¼ cups)
  • 28g/1 oz butter, melted (2 tbsp)
  • 28g/1 oz butter for greasing (2 tbsp)

  • To serve
  • granulated sugar
  • 1 lemon, halved

  • You will also need a 25.5cm (10 inch) heavy gauge aluminium frying pan/skillet.

  1. Method
  2. First, melt 28g (1 oz) (2 tbsp) of butter and set aside to cool.

  3. Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre.

  4. Beat the eggs in a bowl, then add the milk and cooled, melted butter. Gradually pour the mixture into the well of the flour while whisking with an electric whisk or a balloon whisk, incorporating the flour from around the edge of the bowl. Scrape any remaining flour down from around the sides of the bowl using a silicon spatula and whisk again until all the mixture is smooth. Let stand for 20 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile preheat oven to 110°C/225°F/gas ¼, and place five plates in the oven to warm.

  6. Melt the remaining butter and pour into a small bowl. After cooking each pancake, smear the pan with a little melted butter, using kitchen paper, to keep it lightly greased. The pan should be lightly greased not running with butter.

  7. Get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to a medium setting.

  8. Use about 3 tablespoons of batter for each pancake. (It is easier to measure this into a ladle or cup first to give a guide for the amount for each pancake.) Quickly tip the batter from the ladle or cup into the centre of the pan and, at the same time, tip the pan from side to side to get the base evenly coated. Cook the pancake for about 1 minute until the surface dries and the underside is golden.

  9. Flip the pancake over with a palette knife. Again, cook until the underside is golden which will need less time. Then slide out of the pan onto a warmed plate.

  10. Continue until the batter is finished. Overlap the pancakes on the warmed plate as you go. Keep them warm in the oven, covered loosely with foil.

  11. To serve, squeeze lemon juice over each pancake and generously sprinkle with sugar. It can then can be rolled up.

Updated: February 18, 2020

Sweet Mustard Pork

Sweet Mustard Pork


Succulent pork tenderloin marinaded in a sweet mustard sauce and then roasted.


Sweet Mustard Pork
Prepares: 4 servings
  • Preparation time: about 30 minutes
  • Marinading time: at least 30 minutes, overnight if possible
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes hob, 35 minutes oven

  • Ingredients
  • 450g (1 lb) pork fillet/tenderloin
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • salt and freshly milled black pepper

  • Vegetables to serve
  • roasted, diced potatoes and carrots
  • peas

  • You will also need 2 small roasting pans.

  1. Method
  2. For the marinaded pork
  3. Mix together the maple syrup, mustard, garlic, oil, and seasoning. Then pour into a shallow dish.

  4. Now add the pork and turn to coat in the marinade.

  5. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at at least 30 minutes; overnight if possible.

  6. For the mustard pork
  7. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F) (gas 5).

  8. Remove the pork from the fridge and leave to come up to room temperature.

  9. Meanwhile prepare the vegetables. Parboil a few potatoes and carrots for 7 minutes. Drain and leave for a few minutes until cool enough to handle. Then chop into small chunks and put in a bowl. Toss with a glug of olive oil.

  10. The vegetables and pork are roasted at the same time. So tip the vegetables into a small roasting pan along with the olive oil and roast for about 35 minutes until they start to brown and crisp.

  11. Transfer the pork to the second pan and pour over the marinade. Cover with foil and roast in the oven for 25 minutes. Then remove the foil and continue roasting for a further 10 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through and the juices run clear when tested with a skewer.

  12. Slice the pork and pour over the sticky pan juices. Serve with the roasted vegetables and accompany with peas.

Updated: February 17, 2020

Oranges in Cointreau

Oranges in Cointreau


I always think oranges are at their best during the winter months and this simple recipe of sliced oranges laced with Cointreau and topped with a dollop of cream makes it just that little bit special.


Oranges in Cointreau
Prepares: 4 servings
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Refrigeration time: At least 6 hours or overnight

  • Ingredients
  • 4 juicy oranges
  • 3 tbsp Cointreau
  • 170ml (6 fl oz) double cream/whipping or heavy cream (¾ cup)
  • 1 tsp icing/powdered sugar, sifted

  1. Method
  2. Grate zest from 1 orange and set aside.

  3. Cut off the top and bottom from the oranges. Remove all the peel and white pith.

  4. Now cut the flesh into thin rounds, reserving any juice.

  5. Either put the oranges in one large glass serving bowl or divide amongst four individual ones and then pour over the reserved juice.

  6. Add 2 tbsp of the Cointreau evenly over the oranges.

  7. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

  8. Whip the cream until it is just thick. Then whip in the remaining Cointreau, three-quarters of the orange zest and the icing/powdered sugar.

  9. For those oranges in individual bowls, swirl a dollop of cream on the top. For the oranges in the larger bowl serve the cream as an aside.

  10. Scatter the remaining orange zest over the cream.

Updated: February 11, 2020

Simply Apple Pie

Simply Apple Pie


An apple pie that is delicious, especially when the apples just come into season. The pie filling literally just contains apples and a little sugar so the full flavour of the apples come through. It has a sweet pastry lid that when cooked is buttery and crumbly. For a mouthwatering finish serve with cream or ice cream.


Simply Apple Pie
Prepares: 6–8 servings
  • Preparation time: 45 minutes
  • Standing time: 50 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40–45 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the pastry
  • 225g (8 oz) self raising/self-rising flour (1¾ cups)
  • 1 tbsp icing/powdered sugar
  • 140g (5 oz) cold butter, cut into cubes (⅔ cup, or 1 stick plus 2 tbsp)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • pinch of salt

  • For the filling
  • 1.35kg (3 lb) Bramley apples/apples suitable for cooking
  • 115g (4 oz ) caster/superfine sugar (½ cup + 1 tbsp) plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 egg white, lightly whisked

  • You will also need a 28 x 20cm (11 x 8 inch) deep pie dish, sides and rim buttered. Also a pie raiser, buttered.

  1. Method
  2. For the pastry, sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and add the sugar.

  3. Then rub in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

  4. Whisk the egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of cold water together in a small jug. Gradually pour onto the flour mixture while mixing in with a palette knife until it starts to form small clumps. You may need extra water.

  5. Quickly knead by hand to bring the mixture together. Wrap in cling film/plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes. Roll it out fairly thinly. Upturn the dish onto the centre of the pastry and use it as a template to cut out the lid, adding an extra 2.5cm (1 inch) all the way round.

  6. Then reroll the excess pastry and cut out a 5cm (2 inch) wide strip, enough to go round the rim of the dish. Apply this to the flat rim taking it down inside the dish. Press into place and make joins where necessary. Put the pie raiser in the middle of the dish.

  7. For the filling, prepare the apples one at a time. Peel, cut into quarters and core. Cut each quarter into four and pile into the dish as you go, sprinkling some sugar between each layer. They should pile up high in the dish which will help to support the pastry lid.

  8. Brush the pastry covered rim with cold water and then put on the lid. Crimp the lid and rim pressing together as you work your way round the rim.

  9. Cut 4 slashes in the lid and return the pie to the fridge for another 30 minutes (can be left for up to 2 hours).

  10. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 190°C (375F) (gas 5).

  11. Remove the pie from the fridge and brush the surface with the egg white, then sprinkle with sugar.

  12. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 40–45 minutes until a pale golden colour.

Updated: February 8, 2020

Raisin Bran Muffins

Raisin Bran Muffins


A classic raisin bran muffin that just crumbles with goodness. Delicious served warm with a knob of butter.


Raisin Bran Muffins
Prepares: 12 muffins
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 18 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 85g (3 oz) bran (2 cups)
  • 85g (3 oz) plain flour/cake and pastry flour (⅓ cup)
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg, large (U.K.)/extra large (N.A.)
  • 115g (4 oz) soft brown sugar (½ cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 55ml (2 fl oz) flavourless oil (e.g. groundnut, peanut, not olive oil) (¼ cup)
  • 225ml (8 fl oz) buttermilk* (1 cup)
  • 2 tbsp treacle/unsulphured molasses
  • 85g (3 oz) raisins (⅔ cup)

  • *If you haven’t any buttermilk, stir 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into 225ml (8 fl oz) (1 cup) full fat/whole milk and leave for 15 minutes to thicken up.

  • You will also need a 12-hole muffin tray lined with paper baking cups.

  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 190° (375°F) (gas 5)

  3. Mix together the bran, flour, soda, and baking powder in a large bowl.

  4. In a separate bowl, using a ballon whisk, mix the egg and sugar together.

  5. Then stir in the oil, buttermilk, and treacle one at a time. The mixture needs to be thoroughly combined and stirring the ingredients in separately makes this quick. You do not want to over mix.

  6. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

  7. Finally stir through the raisins until evenly distributed.

  8. Now fill the paper baking cups using an ice cream scoop. Bake for 18 minutes until the tops feel firm to the touch. Transfer the muffins to a wire rack to cool.

  9. Delicious served warm, cut in half, with a knob of butter.

Updated: February 8, 2020

Pork and Cheese Crumble

Pork and Cheese Crumble


Tasty pork, baked on a bed of tomatoes and onions, and topped with a crispy, cheesy crumble. This is a quick dish to prepare. Just serve with seasonal vegetables.


Pork and Cheese Crumble
Prepares: 4 servings
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 1 hour

  • Ingredients
  • 4 pork chops OR
  • 450g (1 lb) pork fillet/tenderloin
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 small onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 x 400g tins or 1 x 28 fl oz can whole tomatoes
  • salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 55g (2 oz) cheese, grated (½ cup)
  • 4 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs

  • You will also need an ovenproof dish with lid.

  1. Method
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) (gas 4)

  3. First, prepare the pork. Remove any bone and excess fat from chops. If using fillet/tenderloin, cut into four equal pieces and then flatten each piece a little by covering the pork with cling film (plastic wrap) and bashing it with a rolling pin.

  4. Now melt the butter in a frying pan/skillet over a medium heat. Then add the pork, and sauté for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.

  5. Meanwhile, spread the onions over the bottom of the ovenproof dish. Cover with the tomatoes, season, and sprinkle over the sugar.

  6. Place the pork on top of the tomatoes.

  7. Toss the breadcrumbs and cheese together, then sprinkle over the meat.

  8. Cover and bake in the centre of the oven for 45 minutes.

  9. Remove the lid and continue to bake for a further 15 minutes to brown the top.

  10. Serve with seasonal vegetables.

Updated: February 8, 2020




Prepares: 6–8 servings
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus time to prepare the fruit
  • Cooking time: 1 hour
  • Standing time: 1 hour

  • Ingredients
  • 3 egg whites
  • 225g (8 oz) caster/superfine sugar (1⅛ cups)
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • 1½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tsp cornflour/cornstarch
  • 450g (1 lb) prepared fresh fruits
  • 2–3 tbsp Cointreau (with a winter pavlova)
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) double cream/whipping or heavy cream (1¼ cups)

  • For a summer pavlova
  • Prepare strawberries, raspberries and other seasonal fruits of your choice.

  • For a winter pavlova
  • Melon (scooped out into balls), kiwi fruit, grapes and oranges.

  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to cool, 140°C (275°F) (gas 1).

  3. Separate the eggs. In a clean, grease-free bowl, whisk the egg whites until just stiff.

  4. Gradually whisk in 170g (6 oz) of the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, whisking well between each addition until the meringue is stiff and shiny.

  5. Whisk in the cream of tartar, vanilla essence, and cornflour.

  6. Cut a sheet of baking parchment large enough to fit a large baking sheet. Draw a 24cm (9½ inch) oval onto the paper. Dab a little meringue in each corner of the baking sheet to secure the paper and stop it moving. Then place the paper on the baking sheet with the drawn oval side down.

  7. Spread the meringue inside the marked oval shape. Bake in the centre of the oven for 1 hour.

  8. Turn off the heat and allow to cool in the oven with the door slightly ajar.

  9. Meanwhile prepare fruits. Cut larger fruits into slices or segments. Cut any orange segments free from their connecting tissue with a small, sharp knife. You want to end up with all the fruits being of a similar size. Place them in a bowl as you prepare them.

  10. Sprinkle the fruit with the remaining sugar and, if making a winter pavlova, add the Cointreau. Allow to soak for 1 hour before serving.

  11. Carefully peel the paper off the pavlova then place it on a flat serving dish.

  12. Whip the cream until it will hold a soft peak and then spread over the meringue.

  13. Carefully spoon the fruit on top.

  14. Serve immediately.

  15. More pavlovas
  16. If you enjoyed this recipe, you might like to try these other pavlovas:
  17. Individual Banoffee Pavlovas
  18. Strawberry Pavlova
  19. Individual Chocolate and Raspberry Pavlova
  20. Easter Lemon Pavlova


Stuffed Sole

Stuffed Sole


Sole fillets are a delicate fish and here they are cooked with a cream cheese, parsley and lemon stuffing, which adds to the flavour of the fish without overpowering it. Cooks in just 20 minutes for a delicious meal.


Stuffed Sole
Prepares: 4 servings
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes (oven)

  • Ingredients
  • 8 sole fillets, about 140g (5 oz each)
  • 55g (2 oz) cream cheese, softened (¼ cup)
  • ½ cup fresh breadcrumbs (1 slice bread with crusts)
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1½ lemons
  • freshly milled black pepper
  • paprika

  • You will also need an ovenproof dish large enough to take 4 fillets in a single layer, lightly greased.

  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6)

  3. Zest half a lemon and set aside.

  4. Tip the breadcrumbs into a large frying pan/skillet and, over a medium heat, toast them until quite crispy, 2–3 minutes. Shake the pan often to turn the crumbs.

  5. Now tip the breadcrumbs into a large bowl and add the cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of the chopped parsley, black pepper, and the juice of the whole lemon. Mix to combine.

  6. Place four of the fillets in the ovenproof dish in a single layer. Spread the filling over the four fillets and then top with the four remaining fillets.

  7. Squeeze the juice of the half lemon over the fish.Then sprinkle a little paprika and the lemon zest on top.

  8. Bake, uncovered, in the oven for 20 minutes, until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

  9. Garnish with the remaining parsley.

  10. Serve with asparagus when in season. It is delicious with this dish as it complements the delicacy of the sole. Serve with whole green beans at other times.

  11. Note
  12. This dish can also be microwaved, covered, on high for 8 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes before serving.

Updated January 30, 2020

Buttermilk Pancakes with Apples and Maple Syrup

Buttermilk Pancakes with Apples and Maple Syrup


These buttermilk pancakes with apple and maple syrup are thicker, North American-style pancakes. The addition of the  buttermilk in the pancakes and the topping of sweet dessert apples, all smothered with maple syrup, make this a delicious dessert.


Buttermilk Pancakes with Apples and Maple Syrup
Prepares: 4 servings (12 pancakes)
  • Preparation time: about 20 minutes
  • Standing time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30–40 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the pancakes
  • 225g (8 oz) plain/all-purpose flour (1¾ cups)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 55g (2 oz) caster/superfine sugar (¼ cup)
  • 170ml (6 fl oz) buttermilk (¾ cup)
  • 2 eggs, large (U.K.)/extra large (N.A.), beaten
  • 140ml (5 oz) milk (⅔ cup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 40g (1½ oz) butter (3 tbsp)

  • For the apples
  • 3 dessert apples
  • 40g (1½ oz) butter (3 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp icing/powdered sugar

  • To serve
  • maple syrup
  • crème fraîche

  1. Method
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and mix in the sugar.

  3. Make a well in the centre and add the buttermilk, beaten eggs, vanilla extract, and most of the milk.

  4. Gradually whisk the flour into the wet ingredients, adding enough extra milk to make a smooth, fairly thick batter.

  5. Set aside to stand for 20 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile warm 6 plates in the oven.

  7. Now peel, core and thickly slice the apples.

  8. Melt the butter in a large frying pan/skillet and add the apple slices in a single layer. Dust with the icing/powdered sugar and cook over a medium heat for 2–3 minutes on each side until golden. Tip onto a warmed plate, cover with foil, and keep warm in the oven while cooking the pancakes.

  9. For the pancakes, melt the butter in a large, heavy gauged frying pan (skillet). Pour into a small bowl and use this to smear the pan between cooking each pancake using a wodge of kitchen paper,

  10. Now wipe the pan clean with kitchen paper and then turn up the heat to get the pan really hot.

  11. Reduce the heat to medium and then grease the pan with a little of the melted butter. (It should be lightly greased, not running with butter.)

  12. Add 3 tablespoonfuls of batter and cook for 1–2 minutes until bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake and the underside is golden. Turn and cook for a further minute. Lift out onto a warmed plate, cover loosely with foil. and pop the plate back in the oven. Repeat using the remaining batter until there are 12 pancakes.

  13. To serve
  14. Pile three pancakes on each plate and top with the apple slices.Pour over maple syrup and serve with a spoonful of crème fraîche.

Updated: January 30, 2020

Apple Within

Apple Within


Chunky pieces of apple are baked within a sponge mixture – hence its name. Another way to enjoy cooking apples when they are at their best.


Apple Within
Prepares: 4 servings
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 50 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 115g (4 oz) butter, softened, plus extra for greasing (½ cup, or 1 stick)
  • 115g (4 oz) light muscovado/soft light brown sugar (½ cup less 1 tbsp)
  • 1 egg, large (U.K.)/extra large (N.A.)
  • 100ml (3½ fl oz) milk (⅓ cup)
  • 225g (8 oz) self-raising/self rising flour (1¾ cups)
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 450g (1 lb) Bramley apples (or apple variety suitable for cooking)

  • You will also need a baking dish roughly 20 x 20cm (8 x 8 inches)

  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) (gas 4)

  3. First grease the baking dish.

  4. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

  5. Beat in the egg.

  6. Then mix in the milk.

  7. Fold in the flour and cloves.

  8. Now peel, core and roughly chop the apples and then fold into the mixture.

  9. Tip into the buttered dish, spreading the mixture out but leaving the surface quite uneven.

  10. Bake for 45–50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

  11. Serve hot with cream and extra sugar.

Updated: January 24, 2020

Coffee and Hazelnut Swirls

Coffee and Hazelnut Swirls


A very light meringue dessert, with chocolate and cream, that tastes heavenly. This is really easy to make and looks impressive.


Coffee and Hazelnut Swirls
Prepares: 12 meringues
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 3 eggs, large (U.K.)/extra large (N.A.), whites only
  • 170g (6 oz) caster/superfine sugar (¾ cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp coffee extract
  • 3 tbsp hazelnuts, finely chopped (or walnuts)

  • For the filling
  • 70g (2½ oz) dark chocolate, chopped
  • 20g (¾ oz) butter (1½ tbsp)
  • 240ml (8 fl oz) double/whipping or heavy cream (1 cup)

  • To serve
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder (optional)

  1. Method
  2. For the meringue
  3. Preheat oven to a cool setting, 140°C (275°F) (gas 1).

  4. Toast the hazelnuts by heating in a pan over a medium–low heat until just turning colour and begin to smell nutty. Watch them carefully as they can burn very quickly. Set aside to cool.

  5. Now whisk the egg whites until stiff. Then slowly add the sugar, a spoonful at a time, whisking well between each addition. Drizzle over the coffee extract and whisk again until mixed in. The meringue should form stiff peaks and be glossy.

  6. Carefully fold in the nuts.

  7. Line two baking trays/sheets with parchment paper. Dab a little meringue in each corner of the trays/sheets to hold the linings in place. Then swirl small spoonfuls of meringue onto the paper. The mixture will make approximately 24 meringues (you want an even number). Do not try piping the meringue as the nuts will clog the tip!

  8. Now bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until the meringues are dry and lift freely from the paper. Turn off the oven and, if you have time, leave them to cool in the oven with the door slightly ajar. Otherwise transfer the trays/sheets onto wire cooling racks and leave the meringues to cool. When they are cool, remove from the paper.

  9. For the filling
  10. Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl that will fit over a pan of just simmering water. The bottom of the bowl must not touch the water. Stir as it melts until the mixture is smooth. Then remove from the heat and leave to cool.

  11. When the chocolate is cold, coat the flat surface of 12 meringues.

  12. Now whip the cream. Use the cream to sandwich together a chocolate-coated meringue and a plain meringue.

  13. To serve
  14. Cocoa powder can be sifted lightly over the top of each meringue to decorate.

Updated: January 22, 2020