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Chocolate brownie meringue gateau recipe

01 AUGUST 2014
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Servings: 16
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes


Ingredients

Base:
200g plain chocolate, roughly chopped
200g Stork Block 
250g icing sugar 
3 medium eggs 
115g plain flour

Meringue:
4 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
200g caster sugar
100g toasted flaked almonds

Filling:
300ml whipping cream
50g icing sugar
300g fresh strawberries, sliced

Decoration:
200g fresh strawberries
100g toasted flaked almonds
100g unsalted pistachios, chopped

Method

Break the chocolate into a bowl (reserving 25g) and melt over a pan of hot water (or in a microwave on medium power), stirring frequently. Leave to cool.

In a large bowl, beat the Stork and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and finally stir in the flour until the mix is smooth. Fold in the melted chocolate and the reserved chocolate.

Pour into 2 greased and bottom lined 22cm (9 inch) tins and bake in a preheated oven at 190°C, 170°C fan, Gas 5 for 10-12 minutes. Reduce heat to 160°C, 140°C fan, Gas 3.

Meanwhile prepare the meringue by whisking the egg whites and cream of tartar until thick and soft peaks form. Gradually whisk in the sugar until shiny and stiff and then fold in the almonds.

Spoon meringue over the chocolate brownie mix spreading one cake as smoothly as possible and using a palette knife to form peaks in the other. Return to the oven and cook for a further 30 minutes until the meringue is golden brown and firm to the touch. Leave to cool in tin and remove carefully to a wire rack.

For the filling, whip the cream and sugar until stiff and fold in strawberries.

Place the smooth topped cake, meringue side down on a serving plate and top with the filling. Sandwich with remaining cake, meringue side up. Decorate with the nuts and strawberries.

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