Spiced Almond Meringue Cookies

Simple yet stylish, Silvana Franco's sherry-steeped strawberries make a great match with almond cookies
By Silvana Franco
Spiced Almond Meringue Cookies
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

For the strawberries

  • 150 ml sherry, preferably Pedro Ximenez
  • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
  • 400 g small strawberries, hulled
  • 1 tsp caster sugar, to taste, optional
  • vanilla ice cream, or extra thick cream, to serve

For the cookies

  • 1 small egg white
  • 100 g ground almonds
  • 100 g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 16-20 whole blanched almonds

Method

Place the sherry and vanilla pod in a small pan and heat gently until just coming to a simmer. Add the strawberries and set aside to steep for a few hours at room temperature. Stir in a little caster sugar if the strawberries are not sweet enough for your liking.

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Lightly whisk the egg white until frothy and stir in the almonds, sugar and nutmeg. With your hands, break off about 16 small balls and flatten slightly into 2 cm rounds. Place on a non-stick baking sheet and push an almond into each biscuit. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly coloured. Remove the cookies from the oven, leave on the tray for a minute, and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To serve, place scoops of ice cream or cream in a serving dish and surround with the sherry-steeped strawberries. Drizzle over the juices and accompany with freshly-baked cookies. Serve straight away.

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