For 4 people you need

3 egg whites 6 oz. castor sugar very little oil or melted butter

For the filling

2-3 cooking apples 1 tablespoon water 2 oz. sugar 1/4 pint thick cream few drops green colouring 1 dessert apple 1 tablespoon lemon juice raspberries and/or strawberries grapes and/or cherries

  • Whisk the egg whites until very stiff, gradually whisk in half the sugar then fold in the remainder.
  • Oil or butter the baking tray very lightly then spoon or pipe the meringue mixture into 4 deep flan shapes.
  • Dry out in a very cool oven until firm then remove from the baking tray with a warm palette knife.
  • Cool on a wire tray then store in an airtight tin until ready to fill.
  • Peel, core and slice the cooking apples, then cook with the water and sugar until a thick puree.
  • Blend with the whipped cream and colour a pleasant green.
  • Spoon into the meringue flans and top with dessert apple slices dipped in lemon juice (to prevent discolouration) and a selection of fresh fruit.

Oven temperature: very cool -225-250°F. - Gas Mark 0-1/2 Oven position: centre