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Recipe of the Week: Meringue Nests filled with Chocolate, Cherries & Cream

Meringue Nests filled with Chocolate, Cherries & Cream

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Per portion: 244 Kcal, 16g fat (8.5g saturated) Suitable for vegetarians Ingredients

  • Dark chocolate (70% cocoa) 110g (4oz), broken into pieces
  • Ready-made meringue nests 8
  • Double cream 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Berries and cherries conserve 2 tbsp
  • Cherries 16


  1. Melt the chocolate in a heatpoof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Stir often. Remove the bowl from the heat and leave to cool but not set.
  2. Put the meringues on a large plate. Then, using a teaspoon, spoon a little melted chocolate into the base of each meringue and leave to set.
  3. Spread a sheet of greaseproof paper on a worksurface and spoon the remaining chocolate onto the paper to make 8 shards or zigzags to decorate each nest. Leave to set, chilling in the refrigerator if necessary.
  4. Wash and dry the chocolate bowl, then pour in the cream and whisk until it is just beginning to thicken. Add the conserve and whisk again until thick. Spoon the cream into the nests and arrange the cherries on top. Gently peel the chocolate decorations from the greaseproof paper and use them to decorate the meringue nests.

Recipe taken from Clever One Pot cookbook.

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This year, we are enjoying a bumper crop of cherries in the UK – hurray! As my all-time favourite fruit I am delighted. And as it’s National Cherry Day on Thursday, it’s the perfect excuse to make this exquisite but very easy dessert. After last week’s blog, you will be an expert in meringue making, so you should be able to make it standing on your head! (Don’t try this at home folks)

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Cherry Biscuits recipe

A sophisticated little nibble that’s perfect for impressing friends at tea time!

Cherry Biscuits recipeMakes 12 biscuits
Time 40 mins
Calories 183 per biscuit
Fat 8.4g of which 5g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Butter 110g (4oz), softened
Caster sugar 75g (3oz), plus 1–2 tbsp for sprinkling
Egg 1, separated
Plain flour 200g (7oz)
Ground ginger ½ tsp
Ground cinnamon ½ tsp
Dried cherries 75g (3oz)

1 Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Grease a baking sheet.

2 Cream butter and sugar together in a bowl and beat in egg yolk. Sift flour, ginger and cinnamon into another bowl and gently stir into creamed mixture. Add cherries and shape the mixture into a ball of dough.

3 Knead dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to a 5mm (¼in) thickness. Use an 8cm (3¼in) cutter to cut out about 12 biscuits. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

4 Meanwhile, lightly beat egg white. Remove biscuits from oven and brush with egg white. Sprinkle with caster sugar and bake for a further 5 minutes until golden.

A Dairy Diary recipe.

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Happy Cherry Day!

National Cherry Day

Cherries are my all-time favourite fruit. I find them rather addictive though, and when I open a punnet and start to nibble, it is very difficult to stop!

Cherries are rich in antioxidants, which are supposed to help with sleep and boost memory. The cherry also has anti-inflammatory properties.

National Cherry Day gives me
the perfect excuse to indulge,
and of course they are much
healthier than my other vice
– chocolate!

The Romans first brought cherries to the UK and some even say that ancient roads can be traced from the spots where marching Romans spat out their stones and caused a new tree to grow!

By the 16th century Kent had emerged as the principal cherry county and by the 17th century colonists were taking the cherry to New England.

However, over the last fifty years we’ve seen a decline in our cherry orchards, which means that we now import around 95% of all cherries! The main goal of National Cherry Day is to maintain our traditional orchards. If everyone eats one home-grown cherry each, the future of British cherries will be looking up in no time!

Cherry Yogurt IceTry this irresistible
Cherry Yogurt Ice

Recipe taken from
Hearty & Healthy
Dairy Cookbook


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Cherry Yogurt Ice

Cherry Yogurt IceWhen cherries are plentiful, make a batch of this creamy low fat ice cream for a refreshing treat. You can also make it with raspberries, strawberries or blueberries. 

Preparation time 10 minutes
Freezing time 6 hours but less with an ice-cream maker
Calories per portion 146 Kcal
Fat per portion 2g of which saturated 0.9g
Serves 8
Suitable for vegetarians + freezing

Low fat vanilla bio live yogurt 2 x 500g tubs
Semi-skimmed milk 6 tbsp
Caster sugar 25g (1oz)
Cherries 225g (8oz), halved and stoned

1 Pour one tub of yogurt into a large plastic container. Whisk in the milk and sugar and then whisk in the other pot of yogurt. Put the lid on and freeze for 3 hours until almost solid.

2 Break up the icy mixture and whisk well until almost smooth. Stir in the halved cherries and put the mixture back in the freezer for another3 hours until firm. Take the ice cream out of the freezer 10 minutes before serving.

Cook’s tip
If you have an ice-cream maker, put the yogurt mixture in and follow the manufacturer’s instructions, adding the cherries towards the end of the process.

Recipe taken from Hearty & Healthy Dairy Cookbook.

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