30 December 2008

Home Cooking: Meringue nests (30 Dec 2008)

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.


Kathy said...

Hi, I just found you so I'm going to check more of your blog after I comment on this. I love your advice, your tips, etc. Do you have any fondue recipes? I'm in the process of preparing for fondue for New Years

Happy Holidays!

Tonioz said...

These meringues just look delicious!

Simon Food Favourites said...

hi kathy, I haven't done a fondue before but noticed your toblerone recipe looks very yummy. I think i'll have to try.

hi tonioz, you'll be trying these with yummy fillings soon enough!

Lee said...

I never thought to make meringue as a nest! This is a great idea! Do you have the filling recipe? Thank you!

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