3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
3 large egg whites at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup A. Chopped dark chocolate, chopped dried cherries, and chopped B. Chopped dark chocolate, chopped dried cherries, and chopped Other Things:
Cocoa powder for dusting the cake
Powdered sugar for dusting the cake
Prepare the dough:
In a small saucepan combine the water, milk, and butter. Melt the butter into the liquid over medium heat. Once fully melted remove and allow to cool slightly.
In the bowl with the dry mix, slowly pour in the warm liquid and mix together with an electric mixer. Continue to mix for about 2 minutes.
Add the eggs, and 1 cup (150 grams) flour. Mix for 2 more minutes.
Flour your kneading surface with some of the remaining flour, and turn out the dough. Knead the dough for 6-10 minutes until smooth, soft, and elastic
Place the dough in a greased bowl, and cover all sides of the dough ball with the grease. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel, and place a warm area
Allow the dough to double in size, this takes anywhere from 40-60 minutes.
Prepare the filling:
I simply chopped up my chocolate chips, nuts, cherries, and crystallized ginger and set aside. I should also mention I did not combine anything. This made it easier to evenly cover the meringue with the filling ingredients.
Once the dough has doubled, make the meringue.
To make the meringue:
In a very clean mixing bowl (not glass), combine the egg whites and salt. Beat on low for 30 seconds.
Once frothy, increase the speed to high and beat until foamy. Add the vanilla.
Slowly pour the sugar into the egg whites as they are beating. Continue until you have used all of the sugar, and you have a stiff glossy peaks in your meringue.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Punch down the dough and divide in half. Wrap one of the pieces in plastic, and on a lightly floured surface roll out the other piece of dough until about 20×10 inches.
Spread on about half of the meringue, and fill with your choice of filling. Do not over fill!
Move the log of dough to one of the cookie sheets, and form into a circle. Seal the ends together as much as you can.
Repeat with the second piece of dough.
Using scissors or a very sharp knife cut slits around the circle. You can cut as deep or as shallow as you desire. Cover the cakes with plastic wrap and the towel, allow to rise for another 40-60 minutes in a slightly warm area.