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Triple Chocolate Meringue Stack

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I definitely think I have a love affair with the humble meringue. Not only do I love it’s crunchy outside and soft, marshmallowy inside, it’s so versatile that there are always a million ways to flavour and style it. You can make and fill mini meringue nests with berries and cream, create one huge pavlova with stewed fruits, or like today, make a ridiculously decadent stack of meringues featuring not 1, but 3 types of chocolate.

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I very nearly made this a quadruple chocolate meringue stack by creating it with a chocolate meringue, but thought I was getting a bit silly (was I?) By all means give it a go, simply add 3 teaspoons of cocoa powder in with the sugar.

Regardless, the thick layers of whipped chocolate ganache, chocolate drizzle and chocolate shavings will certainly satisfy even the biggest chocolate fan.

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I ended up making 5 servings of 3 meringues out of this recipe but it is completely up to you how tall and wide your stacks are. You could in fact create 1 giant meringue with multiple layers and it would look divine!

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Triple Chocolate Meringue Stack
 
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Serves: 5
Ingredients
Meringues
  • 4 egg whites (room temp)
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 tsps cornflour
  • 1 tsps white vinegar
Whipped chocolate ganache filling
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 200ml thickened cream
  • ¼ cup icing sugar
Chocolate drizzle
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp butter
Shaved dark chocolate, to decorate
Instructions
Meringues
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until soft peaks form.
  3. Gradually add the sugar, beating well until the mixture is glossy and the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Add the cornflour and vinegar and fold through.
  5. Transfer mixture to piping bag with a nozzle attached and pipe round shapes around 10cm in diameter onto the parchment paper.
  6. Place in the oven, reduce the heat to 120°C and cook for 20 minutes.
  7. Then turn the oven off and allow the meringues to completely cool in the oven.
Whipped chocolate ganache filling
  1. Heat cream up into the microwave until warm (not boiling) and then add finely chopped chocolate, stirring until melted and combined.
  2. Allow the ganache to cool and then beat in a stand mixer along with the icing sugar until the ganache is fluffy.
Chocolate drizzle
  1. Combine the chocolate and butter in a small bowl and microwave on medium in 30 second bursts until melted and glossy.
To Decorate
  1. Top the first meringue with chocolate ganache and smooth with an offset spatula.
  2. Place the next meringue on top and gently press down (careful, these meringues are delicate!). Repeat the process and spread more of the ganache on the next layer.
  3. I made mine 3 levels high, but the choice is up to you. When you reach your final level, drizzle the melted chocolate over the top, allowing it to spill over the sides.
  4. Finish off with a generous grating of chocolate.

As this delicious innards shot shows, cooking the meringue low and slow achieves the perfect crispy outside shell and a soft marshmallow centre.

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I think one of the things I love most about this recipe (apart from all the chocolate) is that it’s the perfect messy person’s dessert. I often get comments from readers saying they don’t have the skills or finesse to pull off delicate desserts. This is one where the wilder you get, the better it looks! Allow the gooey chocolate drizzle to drip everywhere. Sprinkle those chocolate shavings with gay abandon. I made such a mess shooting this (I was picking chocolate out of my carpet for days) but gosh was it fun!

triple-chocolate-meringue-stack1Are you a messy baker or a neat baker? What’s your favourite thing to whip up in the kitchen?

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42 Comments

  • Reply Jessica @ Sweetest Menu July 7, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Loving this gorgeous meringue stack! I made meringue for a dessert last week and remembered how much fun it is to make, not to mention delicious! I just love the idea of pairing them with not one but three types of chocolate for the ultimate dessert! Heaven on a plate!

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:56 am

      Thanks Jessica! I always feel you should go big or go home, especially in the case of dessert ;)

  • Reply Gourmet Getaways July 9, 2015 at 1:56 am

    That love affair could brush off on us, too…Love the contrast and the flavours of that rich meringue. And if it’s dark chocolate, you’re calling Alesah’s name lol :)

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:55 am

      I’m such a big fan of dark chocolate too! Glad you guys enjoyed it xx

  • Reply Mira July 9, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Love meringues and these look gorgeous! Pinned to make this stack!

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Thanks so much Mira!

  • Reply Lisa | Mummy Made.It July 9, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I am such a messy cook! I really should wear an apron.
    I love chocolate and meringue; great flavour combo

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Haha me too, and I own quite a few aprons… yet often forget to wear them and end up with flour/butter/chocolate everywhere!!

  • Reply Binjal Pandya July 10, 2015 at 10:43 am

    cool n drooling!!

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Thanks Binjal!

  • Reply Gretta July 10, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    YUM!!! I am a sucker for anything chocolate and anything meringue, these look divine :-)

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Me too Gretta! So glad you liked them :)

  • Reply Diane July 10, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    This looks like a scrumptious chocolate dessert. I have never tried meringues. This is inspiring me!

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:52 am

      You must give it a try Diane, it’s so light and both fluffy and crunchy at the same time. Divine!

  • Reply [email protected] July 10, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Ok, I seriously think I need to eat this ASAP. Looks mouthwateringly creamy, decadent and textural!

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:52 am

      I am very sad I’ve already polished it off, might have to bake it again soon!

  • Reply Claudia | Gourmet Project July 10, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    dying for a slice!

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:50 am

      I wish I could send you a slice via the internet!

  • Reply Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect July 10, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Oh I love the look of this, it looks so indulgent. I love how light and comforting meringue is too! It’s the best dessert. Great photos and you have a lovely looking blog.

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Thanks so much Angela! Meringue is indeed so light and comforting, which generally means I eat far more than anticipated ;)

  • Reply Lauren @ Create Bake Make July 10, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    This looks all kinds of delicious. I’m loving the combination of meringue and chocolate :)

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Thanks Lauren! I used to always pair meringue with fruits and cream until one day I tried it with chocolate… heaven!

  • Reply Danielle @ Zamamabakes July 10, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Swah, Swah, Swah you truly are a goddess of sweetness!
    Triple chocolate is so fine with me as would have been the quadruple version.
    When edible treasure like this comes into my life, I can’t help but get all starry eyed! It looks and sounds amazing!
    Thanks for sharing such a delicious post with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party.
    Wishing you a beautiful weekend ahead xx

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Thanks for your always kind words Danielle and so glad you like the recipe. I might have to make it quadrupled next time, just for you ;)

  • Reply Oriana @Mommyhood's Diary July 11, 2015 at 1:12 am

    So beautiful!! Love this recipe and the photos. Pinning.

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Thanks Oriana, so glad you liked it!

  • Reply Katalina @ Peas & Peonies July 11, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    OMG I love meringue, this “stack” cake looks so perfect, with all that chocolate abundance.

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Thanks Katalina, why have 1 level of meringue when you can have 3?! ;)

  • Reply Sara | Belly Rumbles July 11, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Mum use to make a large stack similar to this for dinner parties. Was one of my favourite desserts, I anticipated the leftover slice in the fridge for me the next morning.

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:47 am

      It’s such an easy dinner party idea, especially when you can pre-make all the components before hand and then quickly assemble before serving!

  • Reply Paul Storey July 11, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    This looks delicious. Love meringues and chocolate just takes anything to the next level

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Thanks Paul!

  • Reply erin July 12, 2015 at 9:59 am

    With you on the meringue love affair. It’s my favourite dessert. Especially PAV!

    • Reply Swah July 13, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Ahhh pavlova I love so hard! It’s got to be one of the most versatile desserts :)

  • Reply Matt @ Plating Pixels July 14, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Looks so yummy! Love the simple elegant photography.

    • Reply Swah July 14, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks so much Matt!

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  • Reply June @ How to Philosophize with Cake July 16, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Such a gorgeous dessert! Great way to dress up a humble meringue :)

    • Reply Swah August 3, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks June!

  • Reply Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages July 16, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I actually have a few meringue nests left over from a couple of days ago, all I need to do is whip up the delicious chocolate!!

    • Reply Swah August 3, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      Looks like you’ve got dessert sorted! :)

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