26 September 2010

Meringue Nest with Orange Curd. An International Incident.

Yep, it's that time of the month again and this month's theme had me baffled.  Eggs. There were so many possibilities.  Sweet or savoury? Should the dish be made of eggs or look like eggs?

I had a light bulb moment and made a savoury dish.  It turned out great and Hubby loved it however I wasn't happy with the way the photos turned out.  So I've decided that I will make that dish again and take better photos and post another day for you all.

I, then thought of a sweet dish as I was flicking through one of my cook books. I was inspired and came up with this.

Meringue nest with orange curd.  I am so happy with the way my dish turned out.  This is not only looks like an egg but the main ingredient of both components is egg.  

The meringue turned out light.  Crunchy on the outside and soft and airy in the middle.  The orange curd was full of flavour and had the same consistency of a runny egg yolk.

Meringue Nests : (makes 6 nests)
75ml egg whites (2-3 eggs)
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 tsp cornflour
1/2 tsp white vinegar

Preheat fan forced oven to 130degC .
Place the egg whites into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat till soft peaks form.  Gradually add the sugar and beat until glossy.  Sift the cornflour over the mixture and fold through with the vinegar.

Place 1/3 cup portions of the egg white mixture onto baking trays lined with baking paper and shape into nests.  Place in the oven, then reduce the temperature immediately to 100degC.  Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Turn off oven and leave the meringues in with the door ajar to cool completely.

Orange curd: (makes 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup orange juice
zest of 1/2 orange
100g butter
1/2 cup caster  sugar
3 egg yolks plus 1 egg

In a saucepan, over medium-low heat, place the orange juice and the butter.  Stir until the butter is melted.  Add the sugar and egg and egg yolks.  Whisk continuously until the mixture thickens slightly (about 5-7minutes).  Leave to cool completely before using.

Make sure when you want to assemble the dish, both the meringue and orange curd has been cooled completely.  Both components can be made a day ahead.

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/* */ Trix said...

Okay. This. is. genius. I am NOT just saying that - totally the most clever incident party dish I think I have ever seen. I LOVE it!!!!!!!!

/* */ Celeste @ Berrytravels said...

You are amazing! I kept trying to think of ways to 'make an egg that isn't an egg' but ultimately failed. Which is why I have nothing to show for this round of IIP .. again!

But this is so smart. Love it!

/* */ Jo - SecondHelping said...

That was indeed a wonderful lightbulb moment. And the photos are gorgeous!

/* */ 5 Star Foodie said...

Wow, this is an amazing creation! I love the orange curd and the meringue looks so perfect!

/* */ Conor @ Hold the Beef said...

Very very clever! Not only does it look brilliantly clever, but it's also something I'd love to eat. Inspired!

/* */ Hannah said...

What a brilliant way to use up the whole egg, and not just the whites, when making a meringue dessert! The imagery is mucho clever too :)

/* */ penny aka jeroxie said...

This is absolutely GENIUS! You out do yourself every month...

Egg whites, egg yolks. And then final outcome.. freaking brilliant.

Must COPY!.

And Thanks for joining the party!

/* */ Christine@Christine's Recipes said...

Aw, this dish is fabulous and beautiful. I have to try it soon.

/* */ ~Live2Eat~ said...

It's gorgeous... ><

/* */ Caroline said...

Oh, this is just eggcelent! ;)

/* */ Pegasuslegend said...

very beautifully done!

/* */ Iron Chef Shellie said...

LOVE that idea!! looks fantastic!

/* */ Emma @CakeMistress said...

I really love this! It looks like an egg AND is mainly egg-based, AND is dessert too :) :) :)

/* */ Shirley said...

Cool idea that one and a dessert too.

/* */ R & H said...

This looks gorgeous! And so creative!

/* */ Judy @ Foodie Dreams said...

This is so cute, and such a clever way to utilise the theme!

/* */ Spicie Foodie said...

I have to agree with Trix, this is genius! It looks like it tasted delicious and made a fun dish to eat.

/* */ Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz said...

Ha, love it! At one point I also debated doing a sweet recipe that looked like an egg but went another way. I think this is so creative!

/* */ Honey @ honeyandsoy said...

It looks like an egg!! That is ingenious, Cherrie! And the curd oozing out looks exactly like a runny egg yolk, making you just wanna stick your tongue out and lick it up!

/* */ Barbara Bakes said...

This really is the perfect egg dessert for the party! Well done!

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/* */ Tamar1973 said...

That is so genius!

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