Lemon Meringue Fool

If you have ever wondered what a lemon cloud tastes like, here is your answer: it is a heavenly experience of celestial lemon lightness! Think Eton Mess, Amalfi style. A fool is a classic and oh-so-easy British dessert (or pudding) and this version couldn’t be easier or more delicious.

Lemon Meringue Fool

3/4 cup good-quality lemon curd, plus more to decorate
2 tsp. Limoncello (lemon liqueur) or lemon juice
1 cup heavy cream
4 oz. meringue cookies, crushed into large pieces

Put the lemon curd in a bowl and stir in the Limoncello or lemon juice to loosen the curd.

Whip the cream until soft peeks form, then gently fold in the lemon curd mixture and the crushed meringues, taking care not to over mix. You want swirls of the lemon curd throughout the cream.

Spoon the mixture into 4 small glasses and top with a dollop of lemon curd. Chill until ready to serve.

Meringue Gelato Cake with Chocolate Sauce

There couldn’t be an easier or more delish pudding than this!

1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 oz. bittersweet chocolate (at least 62% cocoa solids), finely chopped
1 tbs. coffee liqueur
4 oz. store-bought meringue cookies
8 oz. raspberries, to serve

For the chocolate sauce:

1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup bittersweet chocolate (at least 62% cocoa solids), finely chopped
2 tbs. coffee liqueur

Line a loaf tin with plastic wrap, making sure you have enough overhang to come over the top later.

Whip the cream until thick but still soft, then fold in the chopped chocolate and coffee liqueur. Crumble in the meringue cookies and gently fold. Pack into the loaf tin, pressing it down with a spatula as you go. Bring the plastic wrap over and seal the top. Freeze until solid, about 8 hours or overnight.

To make the chocolate sauce, heat the cream and chocolate over a gentle heat until almost melted. Remove from the heat and whisk in the cream. Set aside to cool a bit.

To serve, unwrap the layers of plastic wrap and use them to lift out the ice-cream brick. Turn over onto a serving tray and cut into slices. Zigzag with chocolate sauce and sprinkle with raspberries.

Serves 6-8