Strawberry Hazelnut Gateau

"This is a lovely one for the Christmas celebrations."
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Ready In:
1hr 45mins
1 cake




  • Beat the egg whites with salt until soft peaks form, gradually add sugar, beat until the sugar is dissolved and mixture is of meringue consistency.
  • Beat in the vinegar and vanilla.
  • Line bases of two 20cm springform pans with greased greaseproof paper which has been lightly dusted with cornflour.
  • Spread meringue mixture evenly into tins.
  • Sprinkle ground hazelnuts evenly over meringue in both tins.
  • With a knife or small spatula, swirl hazelnuts lightly through meringue. Smooth over top of meringue with the back of a spoon.
  • Bake in moderate oven 35 - 40 minutes or until meringue is crisp to touch; release sides of pan, cool on the base of the pan.
  • Chop chocolate. Combine with water in top of double saucepan; stir over simmering water until melted; cool.
  • Remove cakes from bases.
  • Place a layer of meringue on a serving plate, flat side down; spread with a thin layer of chocolate. Spread whipped cream over chocolate. Reserve 4 strawberries, wash and hull the remainder, cut in half, arrange over cream.
  • Spread the underside of second meringue with remaining chocolate mixture, place on top of strawberry layer, chocolate side down.
  • Whip extra cream, cover sides and top of cake and if desired, pipe cream decoratively on top.
  • Arrange reserved halved strawberries on top of cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve. If desired, brush strawberries used for decoration with warmed, sieved strawberry jam to give them a pretty glaze before arranging on cake. Cheers, Doreen Doreen Randal, Wanganui.
  • New Zealand.

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  1. It's pure heaven. Made this many times myself, but lost the recipe a couple of years ago. Thank goodness for the internet!! For even better flavour leave for a day after making almost tastes alcoholic. A decadent delight.
  2. I was going to post this recipe from the Woman's Weekly, but found it here. I've made this beautiful cake/dessert many times, and although it looks complicated trust me it's not! I wouldn't make it if it was! It's rich but the strawberries cut through that, and it's a great holiday or celebration cake.



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