Friday, 28 October 2011

Autumn Fool

Last night I had my friend Sarah round for dinner. We cooked up a tasty pumpkin curry inspired by the Butternut Squash, Chickpea and Spinach Curry by Eatlikeagirl but I wanted to rustle something up for pudding. Being near the end of the week, my cupboards were not exactly overflowing with ingredients however I found:

* Eggs
* Cream
* Apples
* Sugar (caster and soft brown)

So I whisked up 3 egg whites to stiff peak stage then whisked in 180g caster sugar until the mix was glossy white. I spooned the mix onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and placed them into my oven (preheated to 140C/275F/Gas 1) for about an hour. Leave them to cool et voila: meringues!

While the meringues were cooking, I peeled and chopped 4 eating apples and simmered them in a pan over a low heat with about 200ml water, ½ tbsp soft brown sugar and 1tsp cinnamon. Cook until the apple is soft.

When we'd finished the delicious curry, I retired to the kitchen to whip up some cream to soft peak stage. I took a meringue and crushed it into the bottom of a small glass bowl, added a generous spoonful of whipped cream then spooned over some of the stewed spiced apple. To be honest, I wasn't quite sure how it would all work together but Sarah's a good friend and a willing guinea pig!

It was delicious! and I had clean bowls to prove it! We decided it was the taste of autumn, a seasonal twist on an Eton Mess or berry fool. So here we have Autumn Fool: a tasty and lightweight finish to Autumnal heavy dinners.

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