Friday, 13 December 2013

Chocolate meringue Gateaux -A scrumptious desert for Christmas.

No red sky here this morning, just grey all around with heavy rain by 11am.

Him Outside was away early working for the County Council. I was doing boring housework. Floors washed or hoovered. Ceilings and skirtings dusted.Everywhere tidied.
Then some present wrapping- job finished.
Kindling chopping - enough for another week.
Freezer tidied and sorted.
By which time Him Outside was home again and it was lunch time.

One of the things I did yesterday was to make a delicious frozen desert as an alternative for Christmas. It's not very frugal, but for 8 - 10 people for a once-a-year treat it's not ever so expensive either.

Chocolate Meringue Gateaux
2 boxes of 8 meringue nests ( or equivalent homemade meringue )£1.60
2 value bars plain chocolate, broken into small bits 60p
Large pot double cream about £1.50

Melt the chocolate gently and leave to cool ( I do it on medium heat in the microwave a few seconds at a time.)
Break the meringue into small chunks
Whip the double cream until just forming peaks.
Mix everything together gently
Spoon into a lined, loose based cake tin, ( or individual ramekins) press down gently.

Melt a little white and plain chocolate for the top and sprinkle with any chocolate decorations. (The photo is taken before doing that). Then wrap and freeze for as long as you want.

 Remove from tin and stand at room temperature for about 10 - 15 minutes before serving.
Needless to say,It's extremely  rich and extremely delicious!