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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:43

What is the Great Irish Bake?

Written by  The Great Irish Bake Team
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What is the Great Irish Bake?


Tens of thousands of Irish children are healed back to health at Temple Street Children's Hospital every year. But with every child that is treated, the hospital's needs grow.

So that's why the Great Irish Bake for Temple Street is taking place this April 4th. The Bake aims to raise enough money for three new incubators – machines which could save the lives of seriously ill infants and babies.

If you want to get involved, all you have to do is register online at thegreatirishbake.ie. Why not host a cake sale or baking competition at your workplace, or at home?

And to help you get baking, we have Donal Skehan's heavenly recipe for Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Mini Pavlova Stacks.

Donal Skehan's Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Mini Pavlova Stacks

Meringue has to be one of my favorite baking recipes to make in the kitchen. With beautiful stiff, sweet white peaks how could you resist! The addition of cornflour and white wine vinegar here results in a wonderfully chewy marshmallow centre a crisp exterior.

Makes 8 mini pavlovas   Raspberry-and-Dark-Chocolate-Pavlova-resized-V2

250g icing sugar 

4 egg whites                                       

2 teaspoons of cornflour

1 teaspoon of white wine vinegar  

500ml of double cream, whipped

250g of raspberries

100g dark chocolate


Preheat the oven to 150˚C/Gas Mark 2. Line two baking trays with baking parchment. Place the icing sugar and egg whites in a standing food mixer and whisk on high for 10 minutes until glossy white peaks form.

Using a spatula, gently fold in the cornflour and the white wine vinegar. Spoon 16 tablespoons of the meringue mixture between the two baking trays and using a mini offset spatula spread and flatten to form the mini meringue discs.

Bake for 45 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave the door ajar and allow to cool in the oven completely. Assemble the mini pavlovas, by spooning a tablespoon of the double cream on to 8 of the meringue discs. Top with a few raspberries and top with another meringue layer, then another spoonful of cream and some berries then chocolate shavings.

Repeat with the remaining discs. Serve straight away.

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