Just for you - meringues with strawberries and cream

This cute little dessert is easy to whip up and looks adorable.
It could also add a little more love to your already special night.
Make an extra special effort this Valentine’s Day, it will say a lot.

Serves 6

Prep time 30 minutes

Cooking time 30 minutes plus cooling

Skill: Moderate


120g (3) egg whites

250g sugar

pink food colouring (or any colour)


150g fresh strawberries, hulled

200g mascarpone

100ml cream

1-2 Tbsp icing sugar

¼ tsp vanilla extract



Heat the oven 100°C.

Begin by making the meringues.

Make sure your bowl is clean before adding the egg whites.

Add the sugar and place over a pot of simmering water, ensuring the bowl does not touch the water, stirring the whites frequently.

The mix will loosen and the sugar will dissolve (I test a little of the mixture between my fingers to feel if the sugar has dissolved. You also do not want the mixture getting too warm).

Place the mixture in the bowl of your electric mixer with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium-high until the whites are silky and stiff. Add a drop of food colouring and stir to combine.

Line a tray with baking paper, dab a little of the mixture on each corner of the tray to make the paper stick.

Draw 12 circles about 5cm in diameter across the baking paper, allowing plenty of space between each.

Pipe or spoon the meringue mixture on to the paper and spread to make a neat disc shape.

Bake for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and allow the meringues to cool and go crisp - do not open the door.

These can be made days in advance and stored in an airtight container.