VALENTINE'S DAY: Lemon Meringue & Pistachio Hearts Sharing Dessert

The meringues work out to 8sp/7pp/approx.220kcal per portion. If you are a little short of propoints, you could halve this mixture and make smaller hearts for 4sp/3pp/approx.110kcal each but I love the oversized decadence of these.

The toppings add another 4sp/3pp/115kcal per portion to the dessert, but you could tailor-make it to your personal taste/allowance.

(Calorie counters need to add a further 150kcal per portion for the fruit too)


 The Lemon Meringue Hearts

YOU WILL NEED:(Makes 2 generous hearts)

2 egg whites

100g caster sugar

zest of an unwaxed lemon

pink food colouring

10 pistachio nuts, chopped


Whisk the egg whites until firm. Add the caster sugar one tablespoon at a time, whisking well to dissolve the sugar. Finally, stir in the lemon zest. This gives the meringue an incredible flavour.

Divide the mixture in half. Dollop onto baking parchment on a baking tray. Shape into 2 large elongated hearts. You could pipe the mixture but I always prefer to shape it like this with a knife for a more rustic, artisan finish.

Have some pink food colouring, a cocktail stick and the chopped pistachios to hand. I just love this colour combination of the pink and green together.

Dot the hearts with food colouring, then swirl it around randomly using a cocktail stick until you have your finished design.

It's really simple and lovely to do- it creates a kind of marbled effect.

Sprinkle with the chopped pistachios then bake at 160C/325F/Gas 3 for 10 minutes. Turn the oven down to 140C/275F/Gas 1 and bake for a further 30-40 minutes if you want it slightly gooey inside. If you want a crisp meringue, turn the oven off and leave to cool in the oven for an hour or two.


 The Toppings

YOU WILL NEED : (serves 2)

Please feel free to invent your own toppings!

1/4 fresh pineapple

mixed with 1 passion fruit

1/2 a mango

mixed with some chopped fresh mint

1/2 a papaya

mixed with juice of 1/2 a lime

pomegranate seeds

10g mini marshmallows (2sp/1pp/40kcal)

1/2 a WeightWatchers Belgian Chocolate mousse stirred to make a dipping consistency


1 box mini smarties (4sp/2pp/80kcal)

1/3 Muller Light yoghurt (1sp/1pp/30kcal)

(I used Turkish Delight flavour)


To serve, arrange all the elements onto a large platter and decorate with fresh mint. This is a real show stopper!

Pile on those toppings to your heart's desire!