Aren’t these meringue kisses just darn cute?
Meringue kisses make the cutest and very tasty dessert, or you could even make them for gifts – if you don’t eat them first that is! You can make them different colours, you can add them as topping to a Christmas cake, or dip them chocolate.
With only 3 ingredients these delights are simple to make. Here’s how:
250g Egg whites
500g Caster sugar
Red food colouring
1. Prep by pre-heating the oven to 100º and add baking parchment to the baking trays.
2. Make sure your bowl for whisking the egg whites is clean, you can use lemon juice on a piece of kitchen towel to make sure that there is no grease in the bowl that could compromise your meringue mixture.
3. Start whisking the egg whites on a low setting and allow small bubbles to start forming before increasing the whisking speed. Whisk until the egg whites to form stiff peaks.
4. When the egg whites are stiff add a spoon full of sugar at a time while the whisk is on a low setting. Allow each spoonful to be incorporated before adding the next. Continue until all (or most) has been added. Make sure to keep checking the egg whites are still forming stiff peaks.
5. Once all (or most) of the sugar is add the egg whites should be stiff and glossy. Next you need to turn the piping bag inside out and place it over a bottle or something similar so it can stand up. This allows you to paint stripes with the food colouring and pastry brush on the inside of the piping bag – leave a few centimetres between the stripes.
6. Now add the egg white mixture to the piping bag. Once all the mixture has been added cut the tip (around 4-5cm from the start of the tip) and begin to pipe onto the baking parchment. Make sure not squeeze the bag when you’re finishing each meringue kiss and to pull up after so your kisses have peaks.
7. Fill the trays leaving a little bit of space between each meringue kiss and place them the oven for around 35-45 minutes. To check whether they are done you can gently pick one or more up and make sure they come off the parchment clean.
Be warned, the meringues are addictive and you may eat way to many of them… yes I am speaking from experience…
Loved this recipe? Why not grab a cup of tea and check out my other Christmas posts here.