For this Saving Sunday Supper, hosted by Stacy of Food Lust, People Love and Tara of Noshing with the Nolands , we’re sharing recipes to save and celebrate the bounty of the summer. Of course, if I can find a way to make a theme involve cake, I’ll run with it! So, using one of the best British berries around, I’m offering up these Lemon and Blackberry Meringue Cakes.
It’s my first #SundaySupper for months! My travel blog has gained from the time spent living and travelling in Portugal, but this one was left abandoned! I’m back in the UK now, with a whole raft of Portuguese recipes to try out in my British kitchen, and I can’t wait to get back to regular Sundays in the company of my favourite food bloggers.
We’re racing through August already, and in the hedgerows around the fields nearby, blackberries are ripe for the picking. They last for just a few weeks in their plump, purple luscious state, and it would be a crime not to make the most of them.
My mum is a more accomplished baker than me, so her birthday always poses the challenge of giving her an inventive, unusual cake that she hasn’t made or tasted a hundred times before. I was inspired by the idea of turning lemon meringue pie into a lemon meringue cake, and with a bag of fresh blackberries needing to be used, the recipe began to come together.
I wanted a delicate, flavourful sponge, so I added ground almonds to the mix. I thought using two egg yolks and only 1 full egg might make it a little heavy, but I gave it a good beating and it turned out light in texture, but rich in taste.
I pondered about making the meringue topping separately, but in the end, I was short of time, so the whole lot ended up being baked altogether. It’s not a perfect recipe – the blackberries on top of the meringue caused some quite dramatic sinkage – but the contrast in textures, tastes and blackberry signature worked well.
It’s definitely a recipe I’ll experiment more with and it would work with so many different flavour combinations – it’s a unique little cake to try out if you’re bored of just making cupcakes.
Now take a look at the wonderful recipes from the rest of the #SundaySupper group as they blitz, bake, cook and preserve the best of this season’s ingredients.
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