Meringues with Poached Apples and Sorbet

That lovely bit of of Pink Lady® apple adds a zing that tops it all off perfectly.

Full preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 3/160C/fan oven 150.

  2. Put the eggs whites in a bowl with a pinch of salt and whisk until soft peaks form when the whisks are lifted. Add the sugar a few tablespoons at a time whisking well between each addition until stiff and glossy.

  3. Put a small blob of meringue at each corner of the oven tray to secure the paper. Put 4 mounds of meringue on the paper and using the back of a spoon push into an approximately 10cm circle making a slight indent in the centre.

  4. Bake for 10 minutes, lower oven to Gas mark 1/4/100C/fan oven 100 and bake for 1 hour until they lift off the tray easily. Cool on a wire track and store in an airtight container.

  5. Meanwhile to make the sorbet and poached apples, put the apple slices in a large pan with the sugar and water. Cook covered on a medium heat for 10 minutes until soft.

  6. Remove 24 apple slices, put in a bowl and reserve.

  7. Tip the rest of the apples into a processor and blitz to a puree. Freeze the puree overnight. Blitz again in the processor until smooth and paler and refreeze for a minimum of 4 hours.

  8. To serve spoon some softly whipped cream over each meringue and top with the reserved apple slices and add a scoop of sorbet.

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