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Lemon and Almond Meringue Roulade

Serves 10 to 12

Meringue:

6 medium egg whites

8 tbsp Splenda

1/2 tsp almond extract

1 tsp ground arrowroot powder

50g ground almonds

Filling:

2 tbsp splenda plus extra for dusting

500ml double cream

25g flaked almonds

Lemon curd:

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon plus the juice

2 tbsp Splenda

3/4 tsp ground arrowroot powder

25g butter, chopped

1 medium egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to gas 5/190c/375f

First make the lemon curd.

With a hand whisk, beat together the zest, juice, splenda and arrowroot powder in a medium size saucepan over a gentle heat.

Then add the beaten egg and the chopped butter. Keep whisking until it thickens, then remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool.

Next make the Meringue.

Line a 28 x 38cm baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl using an electric hand whisk. Keep going until they form stiff peaks.

Add the splenda, almond extract and arrowroot powder and continue to beat until it is well combined.

Gently fold in the ground almonds, take care not to knock air out of the egg whites.

With care, spread the meringue mix evenly over the baking tray. Bake on the top shelf of the oven for 13 minutes, until it is nice and golden.

Place a second sheet of greaseproof paper over the top of the meringue and carefully turn it upside down onto a cooling rack and then remove the baking tray.

Leave to cool completely.

The filling.

Using an electric hand whisk, beat together the splenda and double cream until it forms soft peaks.

Carefully peel the greaseproof paper off the meringue, then gently spread the lemon curd with a palette knife and then the cream over it, leaving a gap along the edge of both short sides and along one of the long sides.

Sprinkle over the flaked almonds, but keep some of the almonds for the top of the roulade.

Have to hand a plate large enough to fit the roulade on and then begin rolling it up.

Start with the long side with the gap at the edge, closest too you. Finish by rolling it onto the plate.

Sprinkle the remaining almonds onto the top and dust with splenda.

Cut into slices to serve.

Store in a airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

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