The Bakes

Swiss Meringues

A light marshmallowy middle, inside a firm, crisp and glossy shell.

I mixed together 115g egg whites and 225g caster sugar over a pan of simmering water until the sugar was dissolved and the mixture was warm but not hot. Then a 15 minute whisk, spooned out and sprinkled with flaked almonds. Baked for 45 minutes at 120 fan, then left to cool in the oven.

Apple, Walnut and Cinnamon Cake

‘Help yourself’ read the invitation next to a basket of Bramley Apple windfalls.

No sooner carried home from the autumn afternoon walk, than peeled cored and grated to become part of the ever-so-simple everything-in-a-bowl Mary Berry special.

With the crunchy sugary walnuty crust and the moist cinnamony fruitiness beneath, the combination of texture and flavour is beautiful.