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Justin North’s Meringues with Fig, Blueberries, Pistachios

By Chef Justin North

Both figs and blueberries are in season at the moment and are just delightful together, especially with the delicate vanilla cream, crunchy meringue and beautiful perfume of the orange blossom.
You could also grill the figs for a minute or two on your BBQ to give a warm jam-like addition.
You will need an electric mixer with a whisk attachment for this recipe. Also have ready a piping bag and an oven tray lined with greaseproof paper

Ingredients 

For the meringue

  • 5 egg whites
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g icing sugar, sifted

For the garnish

  • 1 cup pouring cream
  • 1 vanilla pod, split
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Orange blossom water
  • 1 punnet of blueberries
  • 3 figs – cut into small wedges
  • 2 tablespoons pistachio nuts – peeled and roughly chopped or grated
  • Elderflower – or similar flower to garnish

Method

For the meringue

Pre heat your oven to 120°C.

Place the egg whites and a few tablespoons of the caster sugar in a very clean bowl for your electric mixer and start whisking on low speed until the mixture begins to foam. Increase the speed until the mix thickens to form smooth glossy peaks. Little by little, add in the remaining caster sugar, mixing to firm peaks. Finally whisk through the icing sugar.

Place in a piping bag and pipe neat rounds of the meringue mix onto an oven tray lined with grease-proof  paper and bake for 90 minutes.

Remove from the oven, allow to cool.

For the garnish

Whisk the cream with the scraped vanilla bean to soft peaks and refrigerate. Place the sugar, water, orange blossom, a little lemon zest and a squeeze of juice into a sauce pan, bring to the boil and simmer for a couple of minutes, then allow to cool to room temperature.

To serve, place dollops of the cream on the meringues and place onto your serving plates. Top with the blueberries and figs, drizzle with the orange blossom syrup and sprinkle with the nuts and flowers, then serve.

Serves 6