1 cup/8 1/4oz/230g superfine sugar
Squeeze of lemon juice
4 egg whites, at room temperature
3 quince or 4 pears, peeled, cored, and sliced
2 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
2 star anise
1 cinnamon stick, snapped in half
Couple of twists of black pepper
1/2 bottle of Marsala or good red wine
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange
4 tbsp soft light brown sugar
seeds of 1 vanilla bean, (save a third of the seeds for the cream filling), or 4 drops of vanilla extract
2 large handfuls of blackberries
1 1/5 cup/11fl oz/300ml whipping or heavy cream
1/8 cup/ 3/4 oz/20g confectioners' sugar
a few seeds from vanilla bean (saved from above) or 1 drop vanilla extract
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