Make the most of special times with family and friends by serving up platters whipped together in a flash, using pantry staples and tasty treats
By Claire Aldous and Sarah Heeringa. Photography Amanda Reelick
4 free-range egg whites
pinch of salt
140g caster sugar
100g icing sugar
2 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp Fairtrade vanilla extract
1/4 cup almonds, roasted and chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
Preheat the oven to 100 degrees Celsius (not fan bake).
Put the egg white and salt in a clean bowl and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add the caster sugar and beat until very thick and glossy.
Sift the icing sugar and cornflour together and, using a large metal spoon, fold into the egg whites along with the vanilla, fruit and nuts.
Spoon or pipe (using a piping bag with a large nozzle) swirls onto a well greased tray.
Bake for 1-1 1/4 hours, until crisp on the outside and easily lifted off the tray.
Turn off the heat and leave in the oven to cool. Serve with dried fruit and nuts, such as dried apricots, goji berries, tart cherries, pistachio nuts, dried cranberries and tamari almonds, all available from Ceres Organics.