I’m not sure at what point it becomes blogomancy, but I’ve certainly been neglectful. I’ve been through a period where I’ve not made an awful lot but with the Great British Bake-Off back on the telly I’ve been bitten by the bug again.
This week saw my first encounter with meringue – I’ve always quite fancied making a roulade of sorts so, after some trawling blogs via google, I made the decision to use Mary Berry’s receipe for an strawberry and fresh cream roulade.
Making the meringue is simple enough (although I found again that I am not particularly ambidextrous, using my right hand to spoon in the sugar whilst my left is whisking egg whites was nearly disastrous) although it seems to much for the tray size I was using (which, for once, matched the recipe). The meringue itself balloons up in the oven and manages to lose half the almonds once I flip it over to cool. After that, rolling became more of a fold than anything else. I don’t think it would win any prizes for ascetic beauty.
Still, it passed the primary test (no-one died eating it) and the meringue had an almost marshmallow-like texture to it – all gooey rather than crunchy or chewy – and you can’t really go wrong with strawberries and fresh cream but I do need to get more practice rolling roulades. I’m putting pavlova and baked alaska back on the list of things to make in the near future.