Our guest cookery blogger Simoney Girard has a recipe that will get you feeling summery, even if the weather is rubbish.
Meringue sandwiches are so easy and fun to make that it’s great to get the children involved with it.
However this can prove difficult, not least if you don’t have children and people ask me ‘why have you got those kids in your house making meringues?’ and then I have to explain all sorts of community projects to them and it gets a bit hairy.
So it’s best only to let the children help you out making these if a) they’re your own children b) you actually know the children!
You will need:
To be good at making your own meringues
Two tubs of mini-meringues, which can be bought easily and fairly cheaply from any decent store. I know which I would choose
Some fresh strawberries
A few tablespoons of icing sugar
Nice thick whipping cream (some stores have a low-fat version, which is great)
To make the meringue sandwiches
Take three or four decent-sized strawberries and blend them into the whipping cream until it is nice and stiff and pink.
Use the icing sugar to help keep the mixture firm and not runny or the filling won’t be solid enough to stick the meringues together properly. If you use too many strawberries there’s a chance the mixture will be too runny.
Spoon a generous, firm dollop of mixture onto one meringue base and stick another one to it. When they’re all made up, put them in the fridge for a few hours to cool.
When ready, take them out, and serve them with an arrangement of chopped strawberries (gently ‘dry’ the cut berries on a clean piece of kitchen towel so they don’t dissolve the meringues’.
(1) I have never had children in my house making food of any kind. I have however made top hats and caramel krispies and other mummy tray bakes at youth groups, in the company of other responsible adults.