For the meringue:
8 egg whites
450g caster sugar
2 tsp cornflour
4 tsp vanilla extract (not essence)
1 tsp white wine vinegar
For the filling:
300g hazelnuts (toasted and chopped)
250ml whipping cream
75g icing sugar
Couple of drops vanilla extract
Pre-heat oven to 175C.
Whisk egg whites until thick and stiff then gradually add in sugar. Continue to whisk until the mix holds itself in soft peaks.
Add in the cornflour, vinegar and vanilla extract and whisk well.
Divide the mix into two 9in round baking tins and place in the oven for approximately 35 to 40 minutes or until springy in the centre of meringue. Then leave to cool.
While the meringue is cooling, whip the cream, the icing sugar and vanilla extract together into soft peaks.
Once the meringue has fully cooled, cover the base with half the whipped cream and then sprinkle half the hazelnuts over the whipped cream and repeat for the top layer.
Optional – garnish with a selection of fruit and mint.
Orange and almond sponge cake
500g caster sugar
450g ground almonds
200g orange flavour compound
12 eggs, separated
Pre-heat oven to 170C.
Whisk the egg whites and sugar together to form soft peaks. Whisk the yolks and ground almonds together until yolks become paler and lighter, then add the orange compound to the yolk mixture (mix well).
Fold the two mixtures together. Once fully combined, divide the mixture into two 9in round baking tins.
Place in the middle of the oven and bake for approximately 35 to 45 minutes, or until a butter knife can be inserted into the middle and come out clean.
Leave to cool.
Gaynor Salisbury is owner of Loopy Lorna’s Tea House at 372 Morningside Road and within the Church Hill Theatre, 33a Morningside Road, www.loopylornas.com, 0131 447 9217/3042.