Sunday, January 25, 2009

MERINGUE-TOPPED PLUMS AND RASPBERRIES


I always plan dessert first and then the main course. A light dessert means we can have a more substantial dinner and vice versa!

Clouds of meringue were piled high over the fruit filling, and then cooked slowly until the outside is crisp and the meringue underneath still soft. After cooking meringue topping made this way, there is definitely no turning back to the soft-topped meringue of old.

Delia Smith put me on the right track with her meringue topping many years ago, basically, all you have to do is make the meringue in the usual way, but the secret is then to cook the meringue topping for 45 minutes at Gas Mark 2/300°F/150°C.

The fruit combination was a glorious match, the plums were poached in a light stock syrup with a cinnamon stick. Frozen raspberries were then added to the cinnamon infused plums.

A layer of crushed amaretti biscuits were added to the base of the dish before spooning over the poached fruit.


Next time I make this, I will poach my plums for a shorter time. They continued cooking whilst the meringue was getting nice and crispy on top. The original recipe cooks the meringue for only 5 minutes and obviously the fruit underneath the meringue isn't going to cook anymore.

The inspiration for this dessert came from a January 2009 Waitrose recipe card.

If you can't get into a Waitrose store, they have just brought out Waitrose Live online, which is the current issue of their free Seasons Winter Cookbook 2009. I always look forward to picking up my copy at the checkout, but now everyone can get to look at it. Hope you enjoy turning the pages online!

15 comments :

Jan said...

Great photos! That really is a lovely looking dessert.
Will be able to catch up with you this week - I'm on hols)!!

Beth said...

This looks delish. I love plums

Katiecakes said...

This looks amazing! I'm a huge meringue junkie so this is right up my street!

Katie xox

pigpigscorner said...

The combination sounds amazing! Looks really delicious!

Bellini Valli said...

I can just taste the freshness of the plums from here:D

The Caked Crusader said...

What gorgeous colours - I just want to dive in with my spoon!

Sam said...

Your meringue looks perfect, just delicious!

Alexx said...

Wow, this looks just gorgeous! I've never tried meringue - another one I must go for!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Perfect picture, enticing and made as it should be. Wow !

Antonia said...

Love the combination of plums and raspberries here and your meringue looks just perfect. What a lovely end to a meal.

Mallika said...

Looks glorious. I end up prioritising main course but your method seems more sensible.

Rosie said...

This looks gorgeous M and such beautiful colours!

Rosie x

Sophie said...

The berry and biscuit base sounds divine, especially with the meringue on top!

Gloria said...

WOW!! This look really awesome, nice!!! Gloria

James said...

This was always my mum's piece de resistance. The same Delia recipe. Makes a brilliant winter warming dessert. We always had tons of raspberries thrown in the freezer from summer. I like the idea of the amaretti though.

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