A few days ago, my housemate and I made an icing similar to a chocolate ganache for a cake that she baked – we mixed melted chocolate with whipped double cream. After topping the cake with it, there was a lot of the mixture left so I did what I do best with leftover chocolate – I experimented with it. I came up with something that my mum called ‘chocolate merache’: the cream and chocolate mixture mixed with meringue. Read on to find out how I made it and how it turned out (spoiler: it’s wonderful).
How the ‘merache’ is made
This could be one of the easiest and quickest sweet treats to prepare, and you only need three ingredients: double cream, chocolate and meringue. I used a bucket of broken meringue bits that you can get from pretty much all supermarkets. I’m not going to provide quantities because a) it’s up to you to experiment and make as much as you want, and b) I have no idea how much I used (it was just an experiment using leftovers after all!).
- Whisk double cream in a bowl.
- Melt some chocolate either in a microwave or over a bain-marie (a lovely posh word for a heatproof bowl with the chocolate in, resting on a pan of water on the hob. Tip: don’t let the water touch the bowl because the chocolate will burn.)
- Pour the melted chocolate into the whipped cream and mix them together.
- Add small meringue pieces (as much as you like – I added quite a lot as you can see in the pictures).
- Put in the fridge to set; it’s better left overnight so it gives the mixture enough time to set hard enough not to crumble or melt in your hands.
When the mixture is completely set you can cut it into pieces to serve. I recommend cutting it into small fingers or squares. It can be very sickly and sweet in big quantities, but a small piece is just enough to tingle your taste buds! I tested this on my Film Production group today while we were shooting our short film, and they loved it. They told me it tastes of chocolate ice cream and on a second taste, I agree! I wonder what it would be like frozen? There’s another experiment…
I thought it looked festive purely because of the white speckles of the meringue that look like snow. The idea of a sweet, unhealthy but wonderful chocolate treat reminds me straight away of Christmas!
Let me know if you make this and how it turns out for you!