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Black Forest meringue

This gorgeous looking desert is crunchy on the outside, gooey in the middle and is lighter than a normal Black Forest gateau. With just a few store cupboard ingredients this dessert is super easy to make.

Black Forest meringue recipe

Black Forest meringue

Black Forest meringue recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


For The Meringue

  • 7 medium free range egg whites
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 400 g caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder, sieved

Fro The Filling

  • 200 ml low fat creme fraiche
  • 300 ml Greek style natural yogurt
  • 410 g tin red cherry fruit filling
  • 2 squares Co-operative Fairtrade dark or milk chocolate


  1. Preheat the oven to 140°C/fan 120°C/Gas 1. Take 2 baking trays and line them with both greaseproof and baking paper. Whisk the eggs in a large clean bowl until they form soft peaks. A whisk is vigorously mixing a thick paste of cream and a thickening agent in a mixing bowl on a kitchen table surrounded by dairy, kitchenware, dishware, tableware, and serveware.
  2. Put in the cornflower and half of the sugar and whisk. Add the rest of sugar and beat until stiff and shiny. A whisk is mixing a thickening agent into a batter in a porcelain bowl surrounded by kitchen utensils, dishware, serveware, tableware, food, and dairy products.
  3. Fold the sieved cocoa into the meringue mix to make a swirly pattern very very gently. As you want to see swirls of cocoa in the meringue don't fold too much. The bowl contains food.
  4. With just over half of the mixture make a circle onto a tray with a spoon about 18cm in diameter. With the rest of the mixture make a circle about 14cm in diameter on the second tray. A painter is sketching a still life of a plate of food on a canvas to create a beautiful work of art.
  5. For 55min to 1h bake the meringues or until cooked. The outside should be crisp and the middle still slightly gooey. Leave to cool. A bowl of freshly-baked goods sits atop a mixing bowl and dishware, ready to be served as a delicious snack or dessert indoors.
  6. Onto a cake stand put the larger meringue first. Mix the creme fraiche and yogurt with a few tablespoons of pie filling (without the cherries) to make it pink. Put half on to the meringue. A cup of creamy chocolate gelato sits on a table indoors, tempting with its sweetness and inviting as a delicious snack or frozen dessert.
  7. Spoon over some cherries. Put the other meringue on top and cover with the rest of the yogurt mix and cherries. Grate the chocolate over the fruit and serve.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

8 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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This free recipe content first appeared within the Cooperative Food magazine.

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