Floating Islands with Elderflower Cordial and Berries

cook 20 mins
Tags: Quick eats
  • 625 g (1 1/4 lb) frozen mixed summer berries
  • 150 g (5 oz) caster sugar
  • 4 tablespoons elderflower cordial
  • 2 large egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 50 g (2 oz) caster sugar
  • Place the berries, sugar and cordial in a saucepan and cook over a low heat, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for 4–5 minutes until the berries have softened, but still retain their shape.
  • To make the floating islands, fill a large frying pan with water and bring to a simmer. Whisk the egg whites and salt in a clean bowl with a hand-held electric whisk until they form soft peaks, then gradually whisk in the sugar until the mixture is thick and glossy.
  • Drop 6 heaped tablespoons of the meringue mixture into the simmering water, using a spoon to help it slide off. Turn after 30 seconds using a slotted spoon and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove and drain on kitchen paper.
  • Spoon the warm berries and the juice into 6 serving bowls and float a meringue on top.
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