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Friday, May 15, 2015

Recipe : Rainbow meringues

I've had a little love affair with meringues for as long as I can remember, at the age of around 15 I attempted to make them. I failed and never tried again, until today. Not only did I finally succeed in making a very tasty meringue, I went and made them extra pretty too!

How to make your own.

4 egg whites
210 grams of caster sugar
food colouring

Plus piping bags and a large nozzle (or you can cut a large hole in the end of the piping bag) and a stand or hand mixer to make things easy!

Making the Mixture:
Preheat your oven to 140 degrees C
Separate your eggs carefully and put the whites into a bowl or mixer. Mix them for 2 minutes on a low speed until they start to look slightly frothy and bubbly, then speed up a little bit for another 1 minute. The eggs will start to look whiter and like something is beginning to happen!

Now get up to full speed mixing and watch carefully as the eggs will start to form soft peaks, push through until they begin to look much firmer.
Stop mixing once you can lift the whisk/attachment and the eggs stick to it without plopping back down into the bowl.

Now add the sugar (make sure it's sieved for no lumps) a tablespoon at a time while mixing on full speed. You'll notice the mix starts to look lovely and glossy. Once all the sugar is incorporated and well mixed, stop!

Now for the colour! Open up your piping bag (remembering to insert a nozzle or cut the end first) and pop it into a tall glass to keep it upright. Use your food colours to either drizzle lines inside the piping bag, or grab a long paintbrush and paint along the inside instead for a more uniform pattern.

I drizzled mine in a random order as I was feeling a little experimental ;)

Now carefully scoop your meringue mix into your piping bag, gently tapping it down as you add more. Once its full, scrunch up the top and twist, you'll notice the colours will have spread along the mixture!

Line trays with non stick paper and you are ready to pipe out any size meringues you wish, I did a mixture of little baby bite sized ones and some slightly larger.

Put them in the oven for 30 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave them inside for 1 and a half hours. This leaves them nice and crisp and light on the outside and slightly chewy and soft on the inside - the perfect consistency in my opinion!

I hope you give this a go and enjoy, it's really such a simple and quick make and looks fab. Experiment with size, different colours and patterns, I'll definitely be making these for future parties!