This is my new favourite dessert. Meringue, musk, yoghurt and berries –my ultimate food flavour pyramid would be built on these food groups. Musk might seem like a strange childlike choice but it is heaven mixed with fresh summer berries and meringue, and besides there is nothing like adding a Willy Wonka-esque element to dessert.
While you can serve this with ice cream or cream, the flavours are a little mouth cloying – the slight sourness and lightness of the yoghurt really does make the fruit and musk syrup zing. Make sure you compile the dessert just before serving – it tastes its best when just combined.
250g caster sugar
½ tsp white wine vinegar
½ tsp cream of tartar
100g frozen raspberries and strawberries
100g caster sugar
70g Lifesaver musk lollies
1 tsp vanilla bean extract
¾ cup good quality yoghurt
Icing sugar to dust
125g fresh raspberries
125g fresh strawberries, hulled
125g fresh blueberries
Preheat oven to 140C.
Add the eggwhites and caster sugar to a food processor and beat on medium-high for ten minutes. Add the white wine vinegar and cream of tartar and continue to beat for a further 5- 10 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved and you have firm peaks.
Line a baking tray with baking paper. Turn out the meringue mixture and using the back of the spoon flatten out until about 5cm thick, but smear at will – this doesn’t have to be precise – the more adulations and peaks the more pretty the meringue in my book.
For the musk syrup add the musk lollies, frozen fruit, caster sugar and 200ml water in a saucepan. Place over low heat and cook for 15 minutes or until sugar and musk lollies have completely dissolved. Set aside to cool. Blitz quickly in a food processor and strain through a fine sieve. Set aside.
Break the meringue into medium-sized pieces. Place in a serving bowl.
Combine the yoghurt and vanilla in a small bowl then pour over the meringue. Add the berries, dust with icing sugar then spoon over the musk syrup to taste.