The final pudding…

Strawberry Meringue


It was the last thing I would ever bake.

Similar to pavlova but even easier. Egg whites and sugar whipped up into meringue, popped into a blisteringly hot oven which is then promptly turned off.

Never to be turned on again. In fact I no longer even own the oven, a nice chap from Ilford bought it off me on Ebay and collected it along with the hobs and cooker hood this morning.

Have I taken leave of my senses? Am I quitting making cakes ever again?

Of course not. But I am getting my entire kitchen rebuilt.


You may recall me previously publishing some pictures of my former kitchen in this post where I bemoan its problems in more detail (I hasten to add I am NOT spending that much money on it!). What’s wrong with it you may ask? I accept that with its size it was a kitchen to be proud of and many people would dream of a kitchen like the one I’ve just had ripped out.

Alas we had some structural problems with a sinking floor only supported by a rotting joist which could only be solved by taking up the tiled floor to access the floorboards underneath. Plus we’ve always wanted to knock doors straight through to the garden. And despite the size, there’s never been anywhere to house a dishwasher and my husband *really* wants a dishwasher.

Kitchen during building work

One week into three weeks of building work and today the work looks something like this. We have no cooker, no washing machine and no sink. We are overwhelmed by flat pack boxes and new kitchen appliances in our dining room and our kitchen dresser, table and bench are all in the living room.

Dinner mostly consists of salad and vacuum packs of microwaved rice. I can’t wait for the weekend when we’re allowing ourselves take aways!

Actually the mess and upheaval hasn’t been too bad. I attribute this to having a cellar and a ridiculous quantity of clear plastic IKEA boxes to stack our kitchen gear into.

Nevertheless I am looking forward to it all being over!

strawberry meringue

In the meantime I hurriedly bashed out my version of Nigella’s “Forgotten Pudding” to make a dent in the strawberry mountain I received from Sweet Eve Strawberries. Had the kitchen works not been starting I would have surely have made some jam but with scant time available I made this cross between a pavlova and a tray bake instead.

It’s a pillow of meringue topped with whipped cream (and added homegrown raspberries here) and fresh fruit served in cut squares. I am slightly in love with it and envisage making it many times in the new kitchen.

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This strawberry version of Nigella’s Forgotten Pudding is my entry for this month’s Forever Nigella being hosted by Amy at Cooking Cakes and Children. You have just three days left to enter and be in with a chance of winning one of three sets of Tala cake stands and 12 hole muffin tins.

Tala prizes

The recipe for Nigella’s Forgotten Pudding is from Nigella Express and can also be found here at

I won’t be forgetting it in a hurry!

With thanks to Sweet Eve Strawberries for their bountiful sample of juicy red berries.

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Incidentally, a housekeeping notice that the winners of the Montezuma’s bars from Forever Nigella Diamond Jubilee and Afternoon Tea editions were (conveniently all on Twitter for when I had to notify them!):


They have all received a bar of Montezuma’s pudding bars like these below:

With thanks to Montezuma’s for the prize bars.



  1. Rose says

    Love the door through to the garden, I can’t wait to see it finished. Love the strawberry pavlova too, pity there will be none left by the time I come next. Xxxxx

  2. says

    Well what a way to go! Id be a proud oven to have baked that as my last hurrah. I know exactly what youre going thru with the whole new kitchen malarkey so be brave and enjoy those sandwiches!!

    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      Tee hee, if only the chap in Ilford knew whose oven he’d just bought, it would be quite hilarious if his wife was into baking blogs wouldn’t it.

  3. says

    Oh I am dying to see what your new kitchen looks like, bet you will love it when it’s all over!
    As for that pudding, forgotten pudding does not do it justice. Who could forget enjoying a delicious looking meringue topped with cream and fruit…not me. Love it :))

    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      Well yes – although I think the “forgotten” element is that you shove the meringue in the oven, turn it off and forget about it! But you are right, the pudding is in no way forgettable.

  4. says

    I can quite see why you wanted a door to the garden, it looks fabulous. I’m sure all the upheaval will be very well worth it.

    Your meringue looks fabulous – it’s one of my favourites with cream and fruit.

    And thank you for the M pudding bar – Spotted Dick. Sadly it didn’t last long as it was so good. I was very good though and shared it with CT, even though I didn’t want to.

    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      Thanks – I’m just counting down the days to normality again now!

    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      I’m happy to say it was something successful! It would have been annoying to have a baking fail that day!