Who wouldn't be tempted by a meringue tower like this? A stack of colourful meringue kisses, piled high and held together with whipped cream, fruity coulis and delicious berries?
Last week I spent the evening with the Meringue Girls* in East London learning how to do just this. The evening was hosted by Berry World, who grow and sell some of the UK's sweetest, most delicious and largest fresh berries.
If you love summer fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries then you will love the Berry World produce. I have never tasted such sweet berries and the blackberries in particular were amazing!
They are just enormous - although the size didn't stop my kids demolishing an entire punnet for breakfast in five seconds flat. I had to be speedy to make sure I got to taste one!
After snacking on some delicious smashed pea and tomato toasts and a glass or three of Prosecco we were shown how to make the Meringue Girls signature meringue kisses. If you haven't seen them before then you have to check out their Instagram feed. They are so colourful - and what makes them even better is that the colourings are all natural.
Top meringue tips from The Meringue Girls
I asked the girls for their top tips for successful meringue making. The key is to use double the weight of caster sugar to egg white.
The Meringue Girls also heat their sugar in a hot oven for seven minutes before adding it to the whisked egg whites. Here's the Meringue Girls recipe if you'd like to give them a go.
We painted the inside of our piping bags with natural raspberry dye before piping the meringues - which creates the beautiful pink effect.
How to construct your meringue tower
To construct your tower you simply need to spread a little whipped cream over a cake board, place some meringue kisses on the top, drizzle over some coulis, and spoon in some more whipped cream. Continue stacking, drizzling and spooning until you have a tower then add your berries, sticking them down with whipped cream if you like.
If you enjoyed reading this check out my post from last year when I attended a Berry World raspberry masterclass with chef Adam Gray.
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Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post with Berry World. All opinions are honest and my own. Read my full disclosure.