I returned to Bristol yesterday for my final term of undergraduate university and am working pretty hard on my dissertation which is due in just over a week. All this hard work means I need plenty of sugar to keep me going, so I made a large batch of rocky road the day before my return. This treat is not for the faint hearted, it is packed with sugar and fat, and you don’t need much per day, but in all honesty, could such a combination of ingredients ever taste bad?
There’s nothing quite like cake is there? Problem is, cake is pretty bad for you, this cake changes all that… it’s even worse! It was borne of an evening at a friend’s house at which there was a fabulous chocolate orange cake of which I had only one slice, so I made another. It is a little different though because this recipe uses oil instead of butter/stork which makes the batter extra moist, at the cost of at least one artery per slice.
Following on from yesterday’s custard tart recipe today I bring you a use for those two egg whites you should have saved. After all, how can something be called frugal if you end up disposing of half of two good eggs? I know these meringues probably won’t count as a complete dessert, but they are so adaptable, you’d be mad not to make them. You could simply crumble them up into a few scoops of ice cream, or cut them in half add some whipped cream and fruit, the possibilities aren’t quite endless, but there are a fair few.
The recipe will make four large meringues, but you can scale up to suit, and take around 40 minutes to make.
- two egg whites
- 4 ounces of caster sugar, this is around 115g, granulated sugar will do
Beat the eggs with a hand mixer until they are able to form stiff peaks. People tend to test if this step is complete by holding the dish upside down above their head. However, by doing this there is the potential for looking like a fool as well as the problem of it not being a particularly accurate method.
To the whisked egg add the sugar a little at a time, mixing it in on a high speed every time you add some. Make sure not to over-whisk it. The mixture should have an almost glossy look to it.
Prepare some baking parchment and preheat the oven to 180C. Spoon the meringue mixture into four separate splodges and bake for around 25 minutes. After the alloted time turn the oven off and leave the meringues to remain until the oven has cooled.
Well, if you’re using the egg whites from the previous recipe their price was included in that recipe, that makes the cost of these meringues around 20p. I think that’s around 5 times less than what you’d pay in the supermarket, if not more.
One of the best things about coming home to Aberystwyth for the holidays are my parent’s chickens. There’s nothing better than three home-grown free range chickens each producing an egg a day for your eating pleasure. Apart from the fact that, beyond a little upkeep, the eggs are basically free, the bonus of keeping chickens is that the eggs are so much better than the ones you find in the supermarket. Because the chickens are treated properly and the eggs are fresh, eggs laid by your own chickens will have far more colour and flavour.