Coffee, Nut and Blueberry Meringue Cake

Prep time: 30min
Total time: 180min
Serves 8
1 pkg
Sliced Natural Almonds
100 g
1 pkg
Filberts
100 g
7
egg whites, room temperature
0
1 tsp
cream of tartar
7 mL
1 1/4 cups
sugar
300 mL
1 cup
35% cream
250 mL
3 tbsp
icing sugar
45 mL
2 tbsp
instant coffee
15 mL
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract
5 mL
2 cups
fresh blueberries
500 mL
1/4 cup
caramel sauce
63 mL
calories
320
fat
20 g
saturated fat
8 g
carbs
26 g
protein
9 g
cholestrol
40 mg
fibre
3 g
sodium
95 mg

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Toast nuts on a baking tray until golden brown, about 10 min; let cool. Reserve 1/4 cup (60 ml) for garnish. In a food processor, finely grind remaining nuts, and set aside.

  2. Reduce oven to 250ºF (120ºC) and line two baking trays with parchment paper; lightly grease with butter or cooking spray and set aside. Using a hand mixer, whisk egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy. Gradually add sugar while whisking at low speed; slowly increase speed to high, whisking until glossy with stiff peaks.

  3. Gently fold ground nuts into egg whites until just combined. Using a large piping bag, pipe meringue onto baking trays in two 9-inch (23 cm) circles, piping in concentric circles from outside towards the centre. Smooth tops with a spatula and bake for 90 min. Turn pans, bake another 30 min, until meringues are dry throughout. Turn off oven and let meringues sit for 30 min. Remove from oven, transfer to a rack and let cool completely.

  4. To make filling, whisk cream, icing sugar, coffee and vanilla in a large bowl with a hand mixer to stiff peaks. To assemble, place a dollop of cream on a platter and set a meringue on top. Cover with half the cream, blueberries, reserved nuts and caramel sauce, repeat with remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes; slice and serve.

Tip

If you don’t have a piping bag, you can use a large sealable plastic freezer bag instead. Fill it with the meringue and cut off one of the corners, it works just like a piping bag.