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Peter Sawkins’ Lemon Meringue Pie Float

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  • Time preparation 50 minutes
  • Serve Serves 4

Peter Sawkins, winner of the Great British Bake Off 2020, has been busy since his win creating some delicious dessert recipes - this is one of them! This is a playful take on both the lemon meringue pie and the ice cream float, with soft Italian meringue floating on chilled elderflower lemonade. It's the candied lemon peel that takes the longest in this recipe - leave it out if you're short on time!

Recipe provided by Peter Sawkins on behalf of Bottlegreen
  • For the candied lemon peel
  • 1 lemon
  • 50g caster sugar (plus additional 10g)
  • 50ml water
  • For the Italian meringue
  • 1 large egg white
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • For the elderflower lemonade
  • 4 lemons, juiced
  • Reserved syrup from lemon peel
  • 120ml Bottlegreen Elderflower Cordial, chilled
  • 500ml tonic or soda water, chilled
  • 4 scoops lemon sorbet

Make the candied lemon peel. Preheat the oven to 100°C.

Use a speed peeler to peel large strips of lemon zest from the lemon.

Combine the water and sugar over high heat stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add in the lemon peel and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Drain the lemon peel, reserve the syrup and chill for later.

Lay the drained peel on a baking tray and bake in the low oven for about 30-40 minutes to dry out.

Remove the peel from the oven and roll in the additional caster sugar.

To make the Italian meringue, stir together the sugar and water over high heat until the sugar has dissolved and it begins to boil. Remove the spoon from the pan and leave boiling over high heat. Meanwhile, whisk the egg whites in a stand mixer or with an electric hand whisk until a cloud like texture.

Once the sugar syrup registers 121°C on a sugar thermometer, remove it from the heat and slowly pour into the egg whites whisking at high speed. Continue whisking until the mixture is cool, firm and glossy. Fill a piping bag with the meringue.

Make the Elderflower Lemonade: strain the lemon juice into a jug. Stir through the syrup and cordial.

Add one scoop of lemon sorbet into each glass. Fill each glass about ¼ of the way up with the elderflower lemonade. Top off each glass with tonic water.

Pipe the Italian meringue over the sorbet and brown with a blow torch. Finally, top the meringue with a piece of the candied lemon peel.

Ingredients

  • For the candied lemon peel
  • 1 lemon
  • 50g caster sugar (plus additional 10g)
  • 50ml water
  • For the Italian meringue
  • 1 large egg white
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • For the elderflower lemonade
  • 4 lemons, juiced
  • Reserved syrup from lemon peel
  • 120ml Bottlegreen Elderflower Cordial, chilled
  • 500ml tonic or soda water, chilled
  • 4 scoops lemon sorbet

Method

Make the candied lemon peel. Preheat the oven to 100°C.

Use a speed peeler to peel large strips of lemon zest from the lemon.

Combine the water and sugar over high heat stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add in the lemon peel and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Drain the lemon peel, reserve the syrup and chill for later.

Lay the drained peel on a baking tray and bake in the low oven for about 30-40 minutes to dry out.

Remove the peel from the oven and roll in the additional caster sugar.

To make the Italian meringue, stir together the sugar and water over high heat until the sugar has dissolved and it begins to boil. Remove the spoon from the pan and leave boiling over high heat. Meanwhile, whisk the egg whites in a stand mixer or with an electric hand whisk until a cloud like texture.

Once the sugar syrup registers 121°C on a sugar thermometer, remove it from the heat and slowly pour into the egg whites whisking at high speed. Continue whisking until the mixture is cool, firm and glossy. Fill a piping bag with the meringue.

Make the Elderflower Lemonade: strain the lemon juice into a jug. Stir through the syrup and cordial.

Add one scoop of lemon sorbet into each glass. Fill each glass about ¼ of the way up with the elderflower lemonade. Top off each glass with tonic water.

Pipe the Italian meringue over the sorbet and brown with a blow torch. Finally, top the meringue with a piece of the candied lemon peel.

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