This dessert is a play on the classic pavlova and the Italian tiramisu. In the Bourke Street Bakery version, meringue sheets replace the savoiardi (lady finger) biscuits of a traditional tiramisu, and are layered with mascarpone and fresh mango slices and passionfruit. The finished product can be served buffet-style and simply scooped out of its dish with a large serving spoon. For a more formal occasion it can be made in a
To make the meringues, put the egg whites into the very clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk the egg whites on high speed until firm peaks form. With the motor still running, slowly pour in the sugar and whisk until shiny, firm peaks form. Use a rubber spatula to fold through the vanilla extract and vinegar. Scoop the meringue onto the three trays and use a palette knife to quickly spread the meringue evenly over each tray.
To make the mascarpone filling, put the egg whites in the very clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Mix the egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form. With the motor still running, slowly pour in the sugar for the whites and mix until soft peaks form — be careful not to overmix. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until needed.
Put the egg yolks and the sugar for the yolks into the cleaned mixing bowl and use the whisk attachment to combine on medium speed. Add the mascarpone and continue mixing for about 30 seconds, or until it becomes quite smooth. Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the chilled meringue in two batches, being careful not to overwork and knock out all the air.
Peel the mangoes and cut into slices about
There are endless combinations of fruits that could be used in this cake. We have also used rhubarb, which has been roasted in the oven with a sprinkling of sugar, as well as fresh peaches, which are fantastic in season. It’s also possible to fold some desiccated coconut or ground almonds through the meringue.
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