Almost free autumn meringue pile:

Almost free autumn meringue pile:

Prep:           10 mins.

Cooking:      10 mins.

Course:        Dessert

Serves:          As many as….

Rating:         2:  Easy


  • Ready-made meringue nests
  • Apples – fallers from local trees will do nicely
  • Blackberries picked from local bramble bushes will do nicely (See Tricks’n’Tips for important gen on picking above the Diesel line….)
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • 50g caster sugar
  • Butter
  • Tub of crème Fraiche


  • You can use as much or as little apple and blackberry as you like in this recipe – there is no exact quantity.
  • Peel, core and slice the apples.
  • Put into the saucepan with the butter, sugar and cinnamon.
  • Heat gently, stirring as necessary. The apple will start to cook together with the cinnamon, butter and sugar to give a lovely soft, sweet aroma.
  • When the apples have softened but before they have disintegrated to mush, pour in a load of washed blackberries that have just been picked from the hedgerow, from above Diesel’s dog-leg-line (see Tricks’n’Tips for the meaning of that technical term – it is important to know about it). Make sure that they don’t have any stalks still attached.
  • Stir in the blackberries with the apple and cook for about three minutes.
  • Break up a meringue nest into the bottom of each pudding bowl, pop a big dollop of crème Fraiche on top and then pour the warm mixture on top of that.

Wonderful.  It’s easy, cheap and uses the locally available free fruit. 

What more could you want…. to shoot your own wild meringue nests?

(Shoot me a brace of nice haggis at the same time, please!)

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