Meringues

Delicious meringues made easy.

 It just takes a bit of extra care with a few things and you make make gorgeous meringues in an amazing amount of ways.

  • Ensuring your tools are very clean.  Your bowl and anything you are using must be clean and dry. 
  • Stainless steel or Glass bowls are best. Avoid using plastic bowls and tools if possible. 
  • Use room temperature eggs.  You need to get as much air into them as possible and cold eggs wont allow that.
  • Moisture is a definate no no with meringues. Avoid humid or rainy days and avoid baking other things at the same time.  They just wont work well.
  • Prepare everything in advance and be prepared for a long slow cook.  You can't rush the drying.

Ingredients

4   Room temperature Egg whites

1 1/2  cup Castor Sugar

1/2  teaspoon Cream of Tartar 

 

Method

Pre heat your oven to 100c and line two baking trays. If you're making small meringues and think you might need more trays do them now. 

Using your mixer wisk your egg whites and Cream of Tartar on high until soft peaks form.

Leave the mixer running and very slowly tip in your sugar about a tablespoon at a time. 

Once all the sugar is in continue mixing for a few minutes till you have a very thick and glossy mixture that definately holds form.

 

Your mixture is now ready to put onto trays.  The easiest way is to spoon the mixture using metal spoons onto the baking paper making sure the spoonfuls are the same size.   

Turn the oven down to 90c.  Bake the meringues for at least an hour till the outsides have crisped. They should lift from the baking paper easily and sound hollow.  

Turn the oven off and leave for another couple of hours till they dry out and cool completley.

meringues

 Colouring and flavourings can be added before cooking use minimal amounts and ensure you still get the right consistency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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+1 # Emily @ Have A Laugh 2014-02-25 16:47
We used to live on these as a kid in NZ, okay will not live, but have them a lot - thanks for recipe!
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+1 # HopefulRaeofSunshine 2014-02-25 18:58
I've never made meringues like this before but I love eating them so am definitely going to give them a whirl xxx thanks for such a great post xx
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0 # Mums Take Five 2014-02-25 20:29
Quoting HopefulRaeofSunshine:
I've never made meringues like this before but I love eating them so am definitely going to give them a whirl xxx thanks for such a great post xx

thanks for stopping by. i love them too.xx
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+1 # Lisa Barton-Collins 2014-02-25 19:05
I'm not such a fan of meringues, but add some coconut to make macaroons and I'm there.
xx
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0 # Mums Take Five 2014-02-25 20:28
Quoting Lisa Barton-Collins:
I'm not such a fan of meringues, but add some coconut to make macaroons and I'm there.
xx

Sounds like a good idea to me!
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+1 # Trish 2014-02-26 11:12
I'd love the rainbow ones.
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0 # Mums Take Five 2014-02-26 21:19
Quoting Trish:
I'd love the rainbow ones.

They were cute. I should do those again, I'm thinking they'd be great for St Pats day.
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+1 # Kylie Purtell 2014-02-26 13:11
I was never a fan of meringues as a kid but now that I am older I love them! I especially love getting those little meringue nests and crumbling them over some fruit salad. Might have to try making my own now! #teamIBOT
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0 # Mums Take Five 2014-02-26 21:21
I was never a fan of meringues as a kid but now that I am older I love them! I especially love getting those little meringue nests and crumbling them over some fruit salad. Might have to try making my own now!
Yes they are great over fruit salad .... or icecream with chocolate topping (ahem yes fruit salad)
Thanks for stopping by xx
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+1 # Hope 2014-02-26 16:53
I'm not a huge meringue fan either but thanks to this post and the idea of coconut, I'm now donning my chef hat! Yummy. xx
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0 # Mums Take Five 2014-02-26 21:22
Quoting Hope:
I'm not a huge meringue fan either but thanks to this post and the idea of coconut, I'm now donning my chef hat! Yummy. xx

Thanks for stopping by. Macaroons are so good. x
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+1 # Bec | Mumma Tells 2014-03-03 13:04
I haven't made meringues for the longest time. I bet with added sprinkles, Miss Two would gobble them right up! Why wouldn't she!?! Delish.
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+1 # Caroline Raj 2014-03-03 19:29
Good tips on the temperature of the eggs and drying....the last and only time I tried this I think I rushed it a bit....and well you can imagine the outcome :-) BURNT! You have inspired me to try again :-)
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+1 # Ang 2014-03-03 20:02
I have never made meringues. Yours look great.
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+1 # Toni 2014-03-03 20:22
And now I want meringues damit. Mum used to make them all the time when we were young.
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+1 # Alicia-OneMotherHen 2014-03-03 21:39
Those green ones look good, and the rainbow cloud ones are awesome. I should try these one of these days, I like making pavs and it's kinda similar :)
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0 # Shan 2014-03-04 00:01
Quoting Alicia-OneMotherHen:
Those green ones look good, and the rainbow cloud ones are awesome. I should try these one of these days, I like making pavs and it's kinda similar :)

Oh you could do these easy love. go on have some fun. :)
x
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+1 # Eva 2014-03-03 23:08
Thanks for these instructions and recipe, I wouldn't have known about not using plastic bowls or utensils or room temperature eggs!
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0 # Mums Take Five 2014-03-04 00:03
Thanks for these instructions and recipe, I wouldn't have known about not using plastic bowls or utensils or room temperature eggs!
Yes its the details with meringues. it can be done but makes it so much easier to get it right to start :)
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