Choc-hazelnut and berry meringue torte

Poh Ling Yeow shares her recipe for a showstopping dessert that layers hazelnut meringue, chocolate custard and fresh berries.

16

20m

Note: + cooling time

1h

Ingredients

  • 6 Coles Australian Free Range Egg whites
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 1⅓ cups (135g) hazelnut meal
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 250g strawberries, halved
  • 125g fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 125g fresh or frozen raspberries

Chocolate custard

  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 300ml full-cream milk
  • 6 Coles Australian Free Range Egg yolks
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs cornflour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100g 70% cocoa dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 130°C fan-forced. Line 2-3 baking trays with baking paper. Draw three 20cm circles on the paper and turn paper over.

STEP 2

Use an electric mixer to whisk the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until medium peaks form. Add the sugar, 1 heaped dessertspoonful at a time, beating well after each addition, until the mixture is very stiff and glossy. Gently fold in the hazelnut meal and vinegar until almost combined.

STEP 3

Using the circles as a guide, spread the mixture in three even discs on the prepared trays. Bake for 1 hour. Turn oven off. Leave meringue discs in the closed oven to cool completely.

STEP 4

Meanwhile, to make the chocolate custard, combine the cream and milk in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave on high for 3-4 mins.

STEP 5

While the milk mixture is heating, whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until well combined. Whisk in the cocoa powder, cornflour and salt until smooth.

STEP 6

Add the egg mixture to the hot milk mixture and whisk well to combine. Heat in microwave, whisking every 2 mins, until the custard thickens. Add the chocolate and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Use a spatula to scrape down the side of the bowl, then cover the surface of the custard with plastic wrap and set aside to cool completely.

STEP 7

Place 1 meringue disc on a serving plate. Spread with one-third of the chocolate custard. Top with one-third of the berries. Continue layering with remaining meringue discs, chocolate custard and berries. Serve immediately.

Dietary Information

Sesame-free

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