maanantai 1. lokakuuta 2012

It's time for celebration!

[Note: This actually happened a week and a half ago]
Celebrate good times, c'mon! My parents had their 20th anniversary so I was immediately going through my cookbooks. I picked this beautiful rose hip - cinnamon meringue cake. I admit that this was the first meringue cake I've ever made so be gentle! :D Despite the easy building up, you want to have some time for this cake. Unless you bake the meringue layers beforehand.

6 Egg whites
A touch of salt
4dl (1 2/3 cup) Sugar
2 tsp Corn starch
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Dark Aceto Balsamico -vinegar or White wine vinegar

4dl (1 2/3 cup) Whipped Cream
100-150g (3,5-5 oz) Dark chocolate
2 Jars of rose hip baby food

Start by whipping the eggs and salt together. When it gets thicker, add the suger little by little and mix at the same time. Try to do the upside-down trick and if it works, you're good to go. Add the corn starch, cinnamon and vinegar into the meringue.
Create 3-4 big circles of meringue on the baking tray and bake those for 5 mins in 150°C (300F) on convection. After those 5 mins, turn the oven to 50°C (122F) and let those circles to be there for 1,5h.
At this point you have to be careful! After being baked, those meringues has to get off very smoothly since they break into pieces easily. I used some spatulas for that. Once you're done, you can start to stack them up. Place the first meringue layer on the plate and put some whipped cream, that rose hip puree and roughly chopped chocolate on it. Repeat this 2-3 times, depending on how many layers you have made.
For me, it was hard to have it together so I ended up with Leaning Tower of Pisa.. oh well :D After dinner, the whole cake was just a big pile of meringue-chocolate-rose hip-whipped cream mush. We didn't figure out how to cut nice slices of it!
So we had some leftovers from that. The next day when we ate it was a nice surprise. The meringue had got all moist so it felt like we ate the same cake with cinnamon mousse, haha!

I'd give 8/10 for this cake. One slice was definitely enough since it was waaaaaaaay too sweet. Afterwards I'd say that there could be more of that rose hip puree to balance the sweetness. Overall the evening was chictastic so congrats mom & dad!

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