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Chestnut and cherry pavlova

Layer meringue tiers with chestnut cream and sweet, dark cherries for the ultimate dessert

Layer meringue tiers with chestnut cream and sweet, dark cherries for the ultimate dessert

Cooking Time

Cook: 1 Hour 50 Mins

Cooking Time

Serves: 24

Cooking Time

Price: 60p per serving

Nutritional Information

Each 106G serving contains

Energy
1361kj
325kcal
16%
Fat
14.8g
Med
21%
Saturates
8.5g
Med
43%
Sugars
41.3g
High
46%
Salt
0.11g
Low
2%
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g:
1284kJ/307kcal

Ingredients

14 medium egg whites

700g caster sugar

200g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), melted then set aside to cool for10 mins

100g frozen black cherries, thawed

1tbsp cornflour

20g caster sugar

180g pack Merchant Gourmet Whole Chestnuts, puréed

600ml whipping cream

3tbsp icing sugar

100g dark chocolate (50% cocoa), chopped

100g fresh cherries

30g blanched hazelnuts, toasted and chopped

Method

1
Preheat the oven to 120C/ 100C Fan/Gas 1. In pencil, draw 3 circles on 3 separate pieces of baking paper: 25cm, 20cm and 15cm in diameter. Turn over and put on 3 baking sheets (the circles will still be visible).
2
Mix the meringue in 2 batches; use ½ the egg whites and ½ the sugar at a time. In a very large, clean bowl, whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks. Beat in the sugar 1tbsp at a time. Gently fold through the melted chocolate until marbled.
3
Spread the mixture on the baking paper, using the circles as a guide. Bake for 2 hrs. Turn off the heat; cool in the oven.
4
Simmer 50ml water and all the topping ingredients in a pan for 2 mins until thickened. Allow to cool.
5
Whisk the chestnut purée, cream and icing sugar until soft peaks form.
6
Microwave the chopped chocolate in 30-sec bursts to melt. Stir, then dip the base of each fresh cherry; put on baking paper to set.
7
Put the large meringue on a serving plate; spread with ⅓ of the chestnut cream. Add the middle meringue, more cream, then the small meringue. Top with the rest of the cream.
8
Drizzle the cherry mixture over the pavlova. Top with the chocolate cherries and hazelnuts.