I made these meringues last weekend as I had a spare egg white that I didn’t want to waste. The problem was that I couldn’t stop at making just one batch!
It was only relatively recently that I first made meringues, but since then I have tried out a few different variations of how much sugar to use and how long to cook, all with different levels of success. This recipe, (adapted from the December 2011 issue of Australian Good Food magazine), is very simple and takes just minutes to prepare – but unfortunately they take quite a while to cook!
I have made these using a few drops of alcohol, (green Creme de Methe and pink strawberry liqueur), to give different flavours but you could just leave that out or replace with another flavouring such as peppermint or strawberry essence. You can also leave out the food colouring, but then they wouldn’t be very festive!
Ingredients – makes 8 bite-sized meringues:
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- few drops of liqueur of your choice, optional, to flavour
- few drops of food colouring of your choice
- Heat your oven to 100C/80C fan forced/210F.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and use a little cooking spray.
- Whisk the egg white in a clean bowl until soft peaks form. (If the bowl is not spotlessly clean then the egg white will not whip up properly.)
- Gradually add the sugar a spoonful at a time whilst still whisking, until the meringue is glossy. (Tip: rub a little of the meringue between your fingers – if you can still feel the sugar grains then you need to keep whisking.)
- Carefully fold in the liqueur and food colouring to make a swirled pattern in the meringue.
- Either spoon or pipe the meringue into bite-size blobs on your prepared baking tray. (Remember that how you shape the meringues will be how they stay – they don’t rise, spread or change shape during cooking.)
- Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes, then turn off the oven and open the door slightly.
- Leave the tray in the oven for 30 minutes as it cools down.
- Remove from the oven and place the meringues on a wire rack to cool completely.