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Mele Meringate / Apple meringue

Apple meringue
Ingredients: 

4 apples, peeled, cored, cut into segments and blanched for 2 minutes

50 gr sugar

16 Savoiardi biscuits, or sponge fingers

100 ml apple juice

for the cream : 

4 egg yolks

150 gr sugar

40 gr plain flour

500 ml hot milk

grated zest of 1 lemon

for the meringue : 

100 gr egg white

100 gr sugar

pinch of salt

Method: 

First make the cream by beating the egg yolks and sugar.  Stir in the flour.  Gradually add the hot milk, whisking all the time to avoid lumps forming.  Place over a low heat and allow to bubble gently for about 10 minutes, stirring all the time.  Remove from the heat, add the lemon zest and set aside. 

Place the apple segments in a pan with the sugar, put over a medium heat and gently cook until the apples caramelize.  Remove from the heat and set aside. 

Meanwhile, make the meringue by whisking the egg whites, sugar and salt.  When they are stiff, put to one side. 

Place the biscuits along the bottom of an ovenproof dish and drizzle a little apple juice over the top.  Pour on the cream and top with the apple segments. Place the meringue in a piping bag with a decorative nozzle and pipe swirls next to each apple slice or cover entirely with the meringue.

Finally, place under a hot grill for a few minutes until the meringue is golden.  Remove and serve hot or cold.