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Soft Chinese five-spice meringues

Phil Vickery's soft Chinese five-spice meringues are a light and sweet but entirely sugar-free dessert, that are also gluten-free and dairy-free.

Serves 4

Prep Time 15 min

Cooking Time 1 hr + cooling


  • 3 egg whites, at room temperature
  • Pinch cream of tartar
  • 75g granulated sweetener
  • 1tbsp Chinese five-spice powder (optional)


  1. Heat the oven to 150°C/fan 130°C/gas 2. Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Put the egg whites into a clean, grease-free mixing bowl and add the cream of tartar. Very lightly whisk them together using a hand whisk until combined. Using an electric whisk, whisk the mixture on a high speed for 2 min until thick and foamy. Reduce the speed of the whisk, sprinkle over the sweetener, then increase the speed again and whisk for a further 4–5 min until you have a thick, glossy meringue mixture.
  3. Using a dessertspoon, put blobs of the meringue on to
    the lined baking tray to make 8–12 meringues, leaving a little space between them. Evenly sprinkle a little of the five-spice powder, if using, over each one. Bake for 1 hr until soft but not sticky to the touch.
  4. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10 min, then carefully divide the meringues among 4 serving plates. Serve alongside a portion of exotic fruit salsa, if you like.

Nutrition per serving

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23 2.6g 0.4g 0.1g 1.7g 0.1g 0.1g 53mg 19.9g 1.3mg

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