Prep time:

Cooking time: 50 minutes

Total time:

Serves: 10

3 egg whites

150g golden caster sugar

100g blanched/toasted hazelnuts (whizzed in a food processor until finely ground)

1tsp white wine vinegar

150ml double cream whipped until thick

6 large strawberries (I used frozen ones, and defrosted them) – whizzed to a purée

2tsp icing sugar

berries to decorate

This glorious nutty gateau is perfect for entertaining as it can be made a couple of days in advance, and simply assembled before serving. It is not a pavlova, so do not expect a crunchy meringue, but something more chewy. If you’ve never tried hazelnuts in meringues, then you have missed a taste sensation. Make … Continue reading "Hazelnut meringue gateau with strawberry Chantilly cream & berries"

This glorious nutty gateau is perfect for entertaining as it can be made a couple of days in advance, and simply assembled before serving. It is not a pavlova, so do not expect a crunchy meringue, but something more chewy. If you’ve never tried hazelnuts in meringues, then you have missed a taste sensation. Make the meringue well in advance to allow to cook and cool.

  1. Preheat oven to 170˚C. Line a 20cm spring form cake tin with foil, and lightly oil the foil with a flavourless oil such as groundnut. 
  2. Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form, then whisk the sugar in, one spoon at a time. Finally, gently fold in the nuts and vinegar.
  3. Pop into the cake tin, even the top and put in the preheated oven. After 50 mins, turn the oven off and allow to cool in the oven. When completely cold, remove from the oven and gently peel away the foil. You can keep it in the tin overnight if needed.
  4. Add the strawberry purée and icing sugar to the whipped cream. Taste – it may need a little more icing sugar.
  5. When ready to serve, place the gateau on a plate and spread the cream over the top. Decorate, using the fruit. You can also add a few mint leaves.

Recipe developer Charlotte Butterworth creates delicious, easy, healthy recipes that work around real life. Find more of her recipes on Instagram or Facebook @theneedy.greedy 

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