MERINGUES AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
(FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL)
Eggs 02 (room temperature)
cream of tartar 1/4 tsp (for stabilizing the eggs)/lemon juice/vinegar (white)
sugar 1 cup
a pinch of salt
vanilla essence 1tsp
color red, yellow, etc.,
candy, marshmallow, nuts
preheat it to 94 degrees or 200 F
Electric Mixer, hand whisk or a balloon whisk, glass bowl or steel no plastic bowl, piping bag with flower nozzle, parchment paper or lining, Rectangular tray
Take the egg whites and place them in a clean wide glass bowl. Now put salt, vanilla essence, and the cream of tartar in it and mix it with an electric mixer at a low speed.
Then start adding sugar in small amounts (1Tblsp) in the mixture. Remember to keep the speed of the mixer at 1 or 2 levels in the beginning and gradually increase the speed.
We are making meringues and not cake. The patient we are in the process stage, the better would be our results.
Keep on whisking and adding sugar till you can see the mixture forming peaks and is thick and foamy as we have in Mc. Donald’s ice cream. You would simply like to eat it raw.
Now, it is totally up to you to either use a piping bag or a nozzle to make flower shape meringues or simply drop 2 teaspoons of the mixture on the parchment paper-lined in the tray.
Leave a small space between the meringues.
As you have already heated the oven to 94 degrees, place the tray on the center rack.
Now, bake the meringues for 1 hour till they are pale golden in color and easy to lift off the lining.
For ideal use, leave them overnight in the switched off or turned off oven with the door ajar to cool.
You can decorate them in the morning. They are soft from the inside and crunchy on the outer side.
Anyone can make it with no expertise required.
If you want, you can either use whipped cream by putting vanilla essence in it and sandwich two Meringues back to back
or you can simply dip them in the cream and coat them either with nuts or crushed candy and marshmallows.
It’s a complete festivity for all your happy occasions.
Some of you might not like the smell of egg whites so while whisking your eggs, you can add a teaspoon of vanilla essence in it.
Secondly, always start from a lesser quantity, then build-up on your results. First, try with 2 eggs then 4 and so on.
Thirdly, do not give up on anything especially baking as practice makes one perfect.