This is a meringue based cake , sandwiched with a filling made with butter, egg
yolks,sugar and flavouring,and coated with a nutty mixture.
Some use powdered biscuits or breadcrumbs for coating . Whipping cream can be used
for a variation .
The flavourings can be coffee, light chocolate,….I did a passion fruit this time.
Anyway, let your innovations wild and try your ideas too.
As I promised, now I’m sharing the cashewnut based Japonaise cake .
Note: The meringue has to be piped uniformly.
For the meringue
3 egg whites
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar / vinegar/ lime
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 tsp corn flour
1/2 cup ground cashew nuts
For the filling
3 egg yolk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 /2 tsp. vanilla
100 gm butter
1/2-1 cup powdered cashewnuts ( for coating)
Beat the egg whites. When it starts to foam ,add the cream of tartar and beat to a stiff
Add sugar gradually and beat to a stiff froth ( it should stand in peaks)
Mix the grounded cashewnut and corn flour.
Fold into the egg whites gradually.
Make circle patterns on a parchment sheet .
Turn the sheet to the other side and pipe into the drawn circles .
Bake in a slow oven 175-160 degrees for 25 – 35 minutes till light brown .
Allow to cool in the oven itself ( it will turn crisp)
To prepare the filling
Heat the sugar and water till sugar dissolves ,and slightly syrupy.
Beat the egg yolks till creamy.
Drizzle in the hot sugar syrup into the yolk mixture, whilst beater is on and beat till
Add the butter cubes one by one and beat well .
Allow to rest in fridge till the meringues cool .
Then beat the yolk and butter mixture again lightly till creamy ( do not beat too much)
Now, sandwich generously (the flat side of the meringue should be the top and the base)
Coat with powdered cashew nuts.
You can drizzle with chocolate if you like.