Feijoa and walnut meringue cake
( SERVES 8 )
Feijoas are addictive. Their perfume should be encapsulated in a bottle as a cosmetic scent. However, it's their flesh - either raw or cooked - that is the true delight. Best served while crisp but also excellent the next day when the meringue has softened.
- Preheat oven to 160C.
- Place walnuts in a roasting pan. Bake for about 15 minutes, until lightly toasted. Stir 2-3 times during baking. Reserve 3 tablespoons for garnishing the top.
- To make meringue layers, beat egg whites, until stiff. Add 1/2 the caster sugar and beat until smooth. Carefully fold in remaining sugar and walnuts. Cover a baking tray or trays with baking paper and make three even circles of meringue mixture about 18cm in diameter. Bake for about 1 hour, until dry and crisp. Cool on a cake rack.
- To assemble, place one meringue layer on a serving plate, top-side down. Spread with 1/4 cup of lemon curd. Top with 1/3 of whipped cream, then slices of feijoa. Top with another layer of meringue. Spread with remaining lemon curd, another 1/3 of the cream, and more feijoa.
- Place the top layer on and cover with remaining cream and fruit. Garnish with the reserved walnut meal.