Cinnamon and chocolate ganache meringues with vanilla sauce
( SERVES 6 )
I regret never properly learning how my grandmother made her special meringues. She had that perfect balance of crunch and chew and I am always looking for new tips and techniques to improve mine. I am constantly testing and tasting with the team at Vinnies. These ones are a thinner, crisper version which are easy to make and stack well in an airtight container, all ready for your party.
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|4||Eggs, whites only|
|140 g||Caster sugar|
|80 g||Brown sugar|
|2 tbsp||Hazelnuts, chopped|
|200 g||Milk chocolate buttons, at least 52% cocoa solids|
|300 ml||Whole milk|
|4||Eggs, yolks only|
|60 g||Caster sugar|
|½||Vanilla pod, seeds scraped out (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)|
- Heat oven to 110 degC. Place the egg whites and sugars in a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water and stir until the sugars are dissolved.
- Pour into the bowl of a freestanding mixer and whisk on high speed for 10 minutes.
- Fold in cinnamon then spoon the mix into a piping bag.
- On a sheet of baking paper pipe out 12 spiral circles then sprinkle half with hazelnuts, or you can use the back of a spoon to free hand flat circles of meringue mix.
- Bake for 2 hours, allow to cool completely before storing. They will keep for a week in an airtight container.
- For the chocolate ganache, bring the cream to the boil. Place the buttons in a bowl and slowly pour the hot cream on to the buttons and whisk until smooth.
- Allow to cool and serve at room temperature.
- Sandwich a large spoonful of chocolate ganache between two meringues, making sure the nutty piece is on the top.
- Serve with vanilla sauce (see foodhub.co.nz for this recipe) and fresh berries.
- Vanilla sauce: Bring the milk to the boil.
- Whisk the yolks and sugar till smooth and light in colour.
- Carefully whisk in the boiling milk then pour this mix back into the milk pan and return to a low heat.
- Stir gently by slowly zig-zagging your wooden spoon across the bottom of the pan, moving the sauce as it begins to thicken and coats the back of the spoon.
- Do not be tempted to turn the heat too high or it will cause the sauce to split.
- Allow to cool then strain through a fine sieve.