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    Blackberry meringue traybake

    By Chetna Makan

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes + cooling
    • Cooking time: 90 minutes
    • Total time: 110 minutes + cooling

    Makes: 16-20 squares

    Ingredients

    For the cake
    300g caster sugar
    300g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
    300g self-raising flour
    40g ground almonds
    6 British Blacktail Free Range Large Eggs, 2 whole, 4 yolks (save the whites for the meringue)
    4 tbsp milk
    1 tsp baking powder
    100g blackberries, roughly chopped
    50g flaked almonds

    For the meringue
    4 British Blacktail Free Range Large Egg whites (saved from the cake)
    200g caster sugar

    For the topping
    400ml double cream
    2 tbsp caster sugar
    150g blackberries

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 170ÂșC, gas mark 3. Grease and line a 20x30cm cake tin.

    2. In a bowl, combine all the cake ingredients, except the chopped blackberries and flaked almonds, and whisk for 2 minutes until the mixture is creamy and pale. Pour this into the prepared tin and scatter the blackberries over the top.

    3. In another clean bowl, whisk the egg whites for the meringue until forming soft peaks, then slowly add the sugar 1 tbsp at a time, whisking throughout. Whisk for a couple of minutes more until the meringue is glossy and stiff. Spread this on top of the cake mixture, then sprinkle with the flaked almonds.

    4. Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave the cake to cool completely in the tin before removing.

    5. To make the topping, whisk the cream with the sugar until it forms soft peaks. Spoon this gently over the cooled cake, then scatter with the berries and serve immediately.  

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