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Soft Meringues with Custard Recipe

Soft meringues with custard recipe

Ingredients

 Serves 6 4
 medium-sized eggs,
 separated 2.5 ml/
 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
 200 g/7 oz caster sugar
 1 L/1 ¾ milk
 15 ml/1 tbsp almond, blanched, peeled and chopped
 15 m/1 tbsp flour

 Preparation method

1.  Whisk the egg white until soft peaks form. Mix the cinnamon with half of the sugar and beat this mixture into the egg whites, 2 tablespoon at a time. 
2.  Put 100 ml of the milk in a small saucepan. Add the chopped nuts and reserve.
3.  Bring the rest of the milk to boil in a large shallow pan, and then lower the heat to the simmering point. Scoop out a few small dessert spoons of the meringue and slide them gently into the simmering milk. Cook only a few spoonfuls at a time, as the meringue swells as it cooks and you must keep each mound well apart.
4.  When the bottom is cooked, 2 – 2 ½ minutes, turn each mound over with a slotted spoon and cook the other side. The meringues will be gently firm on the out-side. Remove them and sliced gently into a deep dish. Continue until all the meringues are cooked.
5.  Mix the remaining sugar with the flour and strain the milk used for cooking into them; mix thoroughly.
6. Bring the reserved milk and nuts to the boil. Cook for 1 minute and then pour this into the sugar and flour mixture. 
7. Beat the egg yolks in a saucepan then pour in the milk mixture. Over a very low heat bring the custard to the gentlest simmer. Cook for 1 minute, stirring continuously to thicken the custard. Allow it to cool, stirring frequently. Chill about 1 hour.
8.  Cover each meringue with 15 ml/1 tbsp of the cold custard and serve the rest of the custard separately in a sauceboat.

Preparation time

 1 hour
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