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Strawberry, white chocolate and elderflowe­r eton mess

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This recipe uses frozen strawberri­es but you can use fresh when they are in season. As well as making your own elderflowe­r cordial, if you like.

2 HOURS + COOLING | SERVES 4 | EASY |

egg whites 3

caster sugar 175g

cornflour 1 tsp

white wine vinegar 1 tsp

COMPOTE

frozen strawberri­es 500g

caster sugar 2 tbsp

elderflowe­r cordial 2 tbsp BARK

white chocolate 100g, chopped

freeze-dried strawberri­es 1 tbsp CREAM

double cream 300ml

elderflowe­r cordial 2 tbsp

icing sugar 1/2 tbsp

1 Heat the oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2 and line your largest baking sheet with baking paper. Pour the egg whites into a large, clean bowl and use electric beaters to whisk to stiff, frothy peaks. Add the sugar, a spoonful at a time, whisking well between each addition. Continue this until the sugar is used up, then continue whisking until you have a thick, shiny meringue that holds stiff peaks. Add the cornflour, vinegar and a pinch of salt, and whisk again.

2 Spoon four 9cm rounds onto the baking sheet, leaving large gaps in between, then with the remaining meringue mixture use a teaspoon to spoon small blobs, ovals, tears, strips or any other shape you like onto the baking tray.

3 Put the tray into the oven and immediatel­y turn the temperatur­e down to 140C/fan 120C/gas 1 and cook for 1 hour-1 hour 15 minutes or until the meringues come away from the paper easily, then turn off the oven and leave to cool in the oven for 30 minutes, before moving to wire racks to cool completely.

4 Make the compote by tipping the strawberri­es into a pan along with the sugar and cordial. Bubble away until the strawberri­es have mostly broken down to form a syrup – you want to keep some bits of strawberri­es in there. Turn off the heat, leave to cool, then chill.

5 Put the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl and melt in short blasts in the microwave, then pour onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Use a pallet knife to spread out to a thin, even layer, then sprinkle over the freeze-dried strawberry pieces. Chill until needed.

6 Whisk together the cream, elderflowe­r cordial and sugar until it holds soft peaks.

7 Gently break up some of the meringues into large pieces and dot some of them onto a large serving platter. Spoon over some of the cream and some of the compote, then repeat, building up the layers. Continue until you’ve used all of the cream and meringues, using the small ones you made to top. Break the white chocolate bark into shards and scatter over the top.

8 Serve with a large spoon for serving and more of the strawberry compote to serve.

PER SERVING 813 kcals | fat 48.3G saturates 29.8G | carbs 86.3G | sugars 85G fibre 2.6G | protein 7G | salt 0.2G

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