Sunday, 7 March 2010


Today I have been experimenting and making meringue nests using splende, low calorie sweetener. I used the normal recipe for pavlova and used 1 cup of splende instead of caster sugar. Although it is not the same texture as normal nests,( these were a lot lighter in texture) I am pleased with the result and it is delicious mixed with low fat yogurt and fruit puree or light jam mixed with water and poured over the top. I find the meringues little bit too sweet so I sprinkle them with cinnamon which was a nice change from plain version. These meringue nests will be very low in calories when you consider 2 calories per teaspoon splender compared to 20 calories in a teaspoon of normal sugar.

  • 3 egg whites at room temperature
  • 1 cup Splenda low calorie sweetener( 10 tbsp )
  • 1 level tsp cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 10 walnut halves, roughly chopped
  • Cinnamon for sprinkling
1) Grease and line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper. Preheat the oven at 150C.
2) Beat the egg whites in a large bowl until it forms soft peaks. If you turn the bowl upside down and it is not sliding down then it is ready to add the sugar.
3) Add the sugar spoonful at a time, whisking after each addition.
4) When all the sweetener is in, whisk in the cornflour and the vinegar.
5) Fold in the chopped walnuts.
6) Spoon meringue on the the baking tray and turn the heat to 140C. Bake the meringues for 35-40 minutes and leave them in the oven to cool after you turn the oven off. I baked these on 125 C fan setting for 40 minutes.
7) Sprinkle with cinnamon when they all cooled and store in a jar.

NOTE: I used the egg yolks as HAIR MASK. Just mix 3 egg yolks with 3 tsp or more of olive oil( depending on your hair type) and apply to your hair. It is great as a conditioner. Wash it off thoroughly after 20-30 minutes.

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