Lemon caramel strawberry nests

If you like the taste of toffee apples, just wait until you taste these sticky summer puddings that are literally assembled in minutes.
By Ainsley Harriott
Lemon caramel strawberry nests
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 250 g mascarpone
  • 150 ml single cream
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • 250 g strawberries, hulled
  • 4 ready-made meringue nests
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped toasted hazelnuts


1. Beat together the mascarpone cheese, cream and icing sugar until smooth.

2. Reserve four of the strawberries and chop the remainder. Stir the chopped strawberries into the cream mixture and use to fill the meringue baskets.

3. Slice the reserved strawberries and stick the slices into the cream. Place each in the centre of a serving plate.

4. Gently heat the caster sugar and lemon juice in a heavy-based pan, set over a very low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and allow the mixture to bubble for about 4 minutes until golden as the mixture cooks, don't stir, but swirl the pan occasionally so it doesn't burn around the edges.

5. Remove from the heat and add the chopped hazelnuts and a tablespoon of water.

6. Swirl to combine, then immediately pour over the meringue nests and serve.

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