Meringue and cherry torte

This reinvented pavlova will truly be the cherry on top of your Christmas feast!

12

15m

Note: + 2 hours cooling time

1h 30m

Ingredients

  • 4 Coles Australian Free Range Egg whites
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • 600ml thickened cream
  • 250g mascarpone
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) amaretto (optional)
  • Cherries, to serve

Spiced cherries

  • 500g cherries, pitted
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick or quill
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Method

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 100°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Draw a 17cm circle on 1 tray and two 17cm circles on the remaining tray. Turn paper over.

STEP 2

Use an electric mixer to whisk the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until firm peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, 1 tbs at a time, whisking well after each addition. Continue whisking until the sugar completely dissolves and the mixture is thick and glossy.

STEP 3

Divide mixture into 3 even portions. Spoon onto circles on the lined trays. Using each circle as a guide, shape into 17cm discs. Bake, swapping the trays halfway through cooking, for 1½ hours or until meringues are dry to the touch. Turn oven off. Leave in the oven, with the door ajar, for 2 hours to cool completely.

STEP 4

Meanwhile, to make the spiced cherries, place the cherries, sugar, star anise, cinnamon, almond extract and ½ cup (125ml) water in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 mins or until the syrup thickens slightly. Transfer to a heatproof bowl. Set aside to cool completely. Remove the star anise and cinnamon and discard.

STEP 5

Use an electric mixer to whisk the cream, mascarpone and amaretto, if using, in a bowl until soft peaks form. Place 1 meringue disc on a serving plate. Top with one-third of the cream mixture. Spoon over one-third of the spiced cherries. Top with another meringue disc. Continue layering with the remaining cream mixture, spiced cherries and meringue disc. Top with the whole cherries.

Dietary information

Vegetarian
Gluten-free
Peanut-free
Sesame-free
Soy-free
Wheat-free
Yeast-free

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