Strawberry and Meringue Fool

, from Issue #57. September, 2015
Photography by Aaron McLean.
Strawberry and Meringue Fool

Strawberries, cream and meringues: the quintessential summer dessert.

Serves: 4


1 punnet very ripe strawberries, hulled and chopped roughly 
2 tablespoons icing sugar
finely grated zest 1 lime
1 teaspoon lime juice
½ cup cream, softly whipped
½ cup thick plain yoghurt
4-8 purchased meringues
roasted hazelnuts (optional)


Crush the strawberries and icing sugar together with a fork. Stir in the lime zest and juice. 

Fold the cream and yoghurt together. Add ¾ of the crushed strawberries and gently fold through leaving a swirl of streaks throughout. 

Place a spoonful of the fool in each bowl. Break up the meringues roughly and place on top. Spoon the remaining fool over the top of the meringues, along with the remaining strawberries and the hazelnuts if using.

Pantry note: Purchased meringues come in a variety of sizes from small to very large.