Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Recipe: Lemon Meringue Fools


Another little food post today.

My dad came over on Saturday for some Father's Day food and a bit of a catch up. Whenever I offer someone dinner I always feel the need to feed them up properly with a three course meal - which involves a lot of planning and time in the kitchen!

I kept it easy this time, cheese and bacon potato skin starter, chilli con carne main and then these scrummy lemon meringue fools, from the Nigella 'Kitchen' book, for dessert.

The best thing about these is that they are easy to make in advance and leave in the fridge - which means after a long evening of faffing around in the kitchen, eating and the obligatory bottle of wine over dinner, dessert is good to go with no fuss. It also was a great excuse to use some of the homemade limoncello we have in the freezer!

I made three big glass fulls with these quantities but if you aren't as greedy as we are you could stretch it out across more smaller glasses.

You will need:

  • 225g good quality lemon curd
  • 1 shot limoncello (or you can use a few teaspoons of lemon juice)
  • 325ml double cream
  • 2 meringue nests
  • Lemon zest for decoration
How to make them:

  • Put the lemon curd into a bowl and mix in the limoncello or lemon juice and keep to one side.
  • Put the double cream into another bowl, whisk it until it is thick (but not stiff).
  • Drizzle half of the lemon curd mix into the cream and fold in. Continue by folding in most of the other half (reserving a few teaspoons full to decorate at the end), don't mix it completely, it should be rippled as in the photo above. 
  • Crumble the meringue nests into the bowl and fold them into the mixture and then spoon into glasses.
  • These can now be popped into the fridge until you are ready for them. To serve you just pop on some lemon zest to decorate and drizzle with the lemon curd mix you saved earlier.

I loved this and served it alongside a shot of limoncello, I was also really chuffed to be able to finally use these vintage dessert glasses and shot glasses that have been lurking in my cupboard for ages.

Do you have any timesaving recipes that are good for dinner with friends and family?


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