Blueberry Snow

This is a wonderful dessert, which is both light and comforting. Comprised of a vanilla egg custard and breadcrumb base, a fresh blueberry compote and a topping of light and fluffy meringue, it is baked in the oven until lightly browned and crisp.


Serves 6-8

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Cook's NoteWhen piping or spooning on the meringue topping, begin around the edges first to seal the filling and finish in the centre.
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Vanilla base

  • 500ml milk
  • 300ml single cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 70g caster sugar
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • 150g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 30g salted butter
  • 3 large egg yolks

Blueberry compote

  • 500g blueberries
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 40g sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornflour mixed with 2 tablespoons of water

Meringue topping

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 175g caster sugar


Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.

To make the base – Heat the milk, cream, vanilla, caster sugar and lemon zest in a pan to boiling point. Remove from the heat, add the butter and when melted, stir in the bread crumbs. Stand for 20 minutes beat in the egg yolks. Pour the mixture into the dish and bake for 30-35 minutes.

To make the compote – Place the blueberries, lemon juice and sugar into a saucepan. Stir over a medium heat until the sugar has melted. Add the cornflour and water mixture and continue to stir until thickened. Spoon the compote over the baked vanilla base and spread evenly.

To make the meringue:

Reduce the oven temperature to 150°C. Whisk the egg whites until they appear to be breaking away from the sides of the bowl and have reached a stiff peak. Whisk in the sugar a little at a time, continuing to beat until stiff and glossy.

Pipe or spoon the meringue over top of the blueberry compote and bake for 35-40 minutes until the meringue is lightly browned and crisp.

Remove from the oven and allow to stand and cool for 20-30 minutes. This dessert is best served warm or at room temperature.