Meringues have always been a mystery to me and thought best to buy them in a supermarket but today I learnt how to make little meringue nests which I will use as mini desserts at my birthday. I'll eventually top with mascarpone cheese mixed with icing sugar and vanilla essence to make it sweet along with fresh berries and passionfruit.
Notice the meringue mixture I somehow managed to get on my face. I don't have a piping bag or electric mixing bowl so I'm very grateful to my friend Shona helping me out today to show me how it's all done. I'm a novice in the kitchen but find it very enjoyable and rewarding learning simple recipes and the basic techniques of home cooking.
Meringue mixture formed into little nests
Meringue nests after baking
Stephanie Alexander Recipe: Sue's meringues
2 egg whites
120 g castor sugar
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla
Preheat oven to 150ºC and line a baking tray with baking paper. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form, then add sugar, a little at a time, still beating. Beat in vanilla. Place small spoonfuls of meringue on a baking tray and bake for 45 mins. Turn oven off, leave door slightly ajar and allow meringues to cool completely in oven. Store in an airtight container lined with greaseproof paper.