Thursday, 5 June 2008

A Glorious Day at the Glen

The school where I work were given the opportunity to see a play called The Song from the Sea at the Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline this week. As the hire cost of transport often makes these Free days out unachievable, the Headteacher thought we might as well make a day of it, so off we went to Dunfermline Glen to play at the park and have a picnic before walking along to the theatre to see the show.

The views were stunning, you could see the Forth bridges in the distance, there is also a museum, greenhouses and hundreds of squirrels who love being fed around the gardens.While walking to the bottom we got a lovely view of the Abbey.

We were blessed with glorious weather and staff and children had a good day out.
The first local strawberries have appeared in the shops and have so much more flavour than all the imported and forced ones. I had seen a recipe for Pavlova in a book I have and what better combination than meringue, cream and juicy ripe strawberries.


Serves 8

4 egg whites
8 oz caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp vinegar
2 tsp cornflour
15 floz double or whipping cream
Fresh fruit

Pre-heat oven to gas mark 2 150oC.

Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl or mixer till stiff, keep whisking while adding the sugar a tbsp at a time until the mixture is thick and glossy and all the sugar is used up.

*handy hint* rub a little of the mixture between your thumb and forefinger, if there are no gritty bits, it’s ready, if not continue mixing for a few more minutes.

Fold in the vanilla, vinegar and cornflour and spoon into a circle on a piece of silicone paper which is already on a baking tray. Make a slight well in the centre with the edges slightly higher.

Cook for 1 hour, then cool slightly before peeling from the paper and carefully placing on a serving plate.

*handy hint* you can brush the well with melted chocolate and let it set
to keep the base crisp when it is filled.

Fill with whipped cream and fresh fruit


Marie said...

What a great day out Angela! I love the pictures you have been able to share with us this morning. One day I hope to get to Scotland. I love the looks of that delicious looking pavlova too! I think I may just have to make one this weekend. I have discovered that a few sliced berries sprinkled with some sugar and a bit of vanilla schnaaps is quite delicious!

Raquel said...

Angela, sounds like a lovely day. Great pics, thanks for sharing. That pavlova looks really nice, I have everything I need, may make that this weekend. Although with the humidity, not sure if my meringue would get crisp enough?

Sue said...

What lovely pictures Angela, it sounds like you had a great day on your outing.
That pavlova looks so yummy, I will save your recipe for future use.