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Cherry meringue tartlets

Ingredients

  • 3 frozen shortcrust pastry sheets, thawed
  • 1/2 cup (40g) flaked almonds
  • 2 x 670g jars pitted morello cherries, drained
  • 1 tablespoon amaretto (see note) or brandy
  • 300g caster sugar, plus extra 2 tablespoons to sprinkle
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Icing sugar, to serve

Method

  • Step 1 - Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  • Step 2 - Grease six 12cm loose-bottomed tart pans and line with the pastry, trimming any excess. Prick with a fork, then line with baking paper and fill with baking weights or uncooked rice. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the paper and weights and bake for a further 8-10 minutes until golden.
  • Step 3 - Scatter almonds on a separate baking tray and bake, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Set aside to cool.
  • Step 4 - Place cherries in a bowl with amaretto and 2 tablespoons caster sugar, then stir well to coat. Place in fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Step 5 - Whisk eggwhites in an electric mixer to soft peaks. With the motor running, add remaining 300g sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, allowing each to be incorporated before adding the next, until stiff and glossy. Add vinegar, vanilla and cream of tartar, then whisk briefly to combine.
  • Step 6 - Drain cherries and divide among pastry cases. Transfer meringue to a piping bag fitted with a 1.5cm plain nozzle and pipe over the cherries. (Alternatively, spoon meringue over cherries.)
  • Step 7 - Place the tartlets on a baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes until the meringue is golden. Scatter with toasted flaked almonds, dust with icing sugar and serve warm or at room temperature.

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