Tempting dessert suggestion by Siúcra and Catherine Fulvio

This pistachio raspberry and rosewater meringue cake recipe is a perfect summer soirée showstopper dessert. Impress your guests with this extravagant and heavenly but deceptively simple tower cake.

Pistachio raspberry and rosewater meringue tower

Ingredients (Serves 10-12 )

For the meringue

7 egg whites

420g Siúcra Caster Sugar

2-3 drops of rose water

For the crystalised roses

Organic red rose petals

1 egg white, beaten

100g Siúcra Caster Sugar

For the filling

300ml cream

200g mascarpone cream

50g Siúcra Icing Sugar

300g raspberries

50g pistachios, roughly chopped

Method:

To prepare the meringue

Preheat the oven to 120°C/fan 100°C/gas 1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. On the underside of the paper draw large, medium, and small oval shapes, measuring 25cm, 20cm, and 15cm across, ensuring that you can see the shape through the paper.

Place the egg whites in a clean bowl, whisk them until stiff but not dry. Gradually add in two thirds of the Siúcra Caster Sugar, a tablespoon at a time. Add the rose water and fold in the remaining Siúcra Caster Sugar.

Spoon the meringue mixture into a piping bag with a star or plain nozzle. Following the outline of the ovals, fill in using all the meringue. Secure the parchment paper to the baking sheet with a little meringue mixture to ensure the paper doesn’t lift in the oven.

Bake for one and a half hours. Switch off the oven and leave the meringues in with the door closed to cool and set over night.

To prepare the rose petals

Pick the petals off and wipe lightly. Place the sugar into a shallow bowl. Whisk the egg white and using a paint brush, paint egg white onto the petal. Lightly dip the petals into the Siúcra Caster Sugar until very lightly covered. Place into a container and leave to dry.

To prepare the filling

Pour the cream, mascarpone and Siúcra Icing Sugar into a mixing bowl and whisk until a thick cream forms.

To assemble

Place the large meringue base onto the cake stand, spread mascarpone cream onto the meringue, add just over half of the raspberries and place the next meringue layer on top, just slightly off-centre. Now spread the rest of the cream over the meringue, sprinkle over the raspberries and place the last meringue oval on top.

To decorate

Sprinkle the pistachios on the sides and a few on the top and add the crystalised roses.

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