Dessert

Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 75 g (3 oz) caster sugar
  • 75 g (3 oz) plain flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons powdered gelatine
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 75 g (3 oz) caster sugar
  • 150 ml (¼ pint) double cream
  • 200 g (7 oz) frozen summer fruits, just defrosted, puréed
  • a few whole redcurrants and raspberries and some strawberries, halved
  • a few small fresh mint leaves
  • icing sugar, for dusting
Directions

Whisk the eggs and sugar until they are very thick and the whisk leaves a trail when lifted. Gently fold in the flour. Line the base and sides of a tin with a base of 35 x 25 cm (14 x 10 inches). Pour in the mixture.

Bake in a preheated oven, 180°C (350°F), Gas Mark 4, for 12–15 minutes until the sponge is golden and springs back when pressed. Leave to cool in the tin.

Cut 12 x 7.5 cm (3 inch) circles from the sponge with a biscuit cutter. Cut 6 strips of plastic (a new plastic folder is ideal) measuring 27 x 7.5 cm (11 x 3 inches). Wrap a strip tightly around each of the sponge circles and secure with tape. Put on a baking sheet.

Sprinkle gelatine over the measured water in a bowl and leave to soak for 5 minutes. Stand the bowl in a pan of simmering water and leave until the gelatine has dissolved to a clear liquid. Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form, then gradually whisk in the sugar until thick and glossy (see page 10). Whip the cream in a second bowl. Trickle the gelatine into the cream and mix together, then fold in the fruit purée and meringue.

Divide the mixture between the plastic collars, then top with the remaining sponge circles. Chill the mousses for 4–5 hours until set. Remove the plastic, scatter each mousse with a few whole or halved berries, dust with sifted icing sugar and serve.

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