The warmth of the sun is bringing with it a whiff of spring... Yes! The winter chill is finally on its way out!!
For me, the best way to celebrate is to bake. And what would be better than wonderfully light, delicately flavoured, heart-shaped baby pink Meringue Cookies?!
Meringue Cookies are so very easy to make and have the simplest ingredients. They are fat-free, gluten-free and can once in a while sneak into your balanced eating regime!!
If done right, meringues, in my opinion, make the most elegant dessert and are so so pretty on the table. These little fluffs have an airy melt - in - your - mouth texture, crisp outside and are surprisingly chewy when you bite into them.
Traditionally Meringues are made from egg whites and sugar. Any trace of fat is a strict no-no, so the whites of the eggs have to be carefully separated from the yolks and the mixing bowl must be squeaky clean and dry. While these Meringue Cookies are, very simple to make, they are a labour of love and a bit of patience too! But, trust me, the results are so worth it!
Meringues can be done in different flavours, colours and they are gorgeous combined with fruits. They can easily be made into a Pavlova, you can check out my Easy Pavlova Recipe or simply have with an aromatic cup of coffee.
I decided to do them heart-shaped as an ode to this month of romance ... All You need is love but a little Meringue Cookie now and then doesn’t hurt. 🙂
- Egg whites – Eggs separate well when cold, but when you start whisking them, please make sure they are at room temperature.
- The bowl and beaters used for whisking egg whites should be clean, grease-free and completely dry.
- Sugar – Caster sugar or powdered sugar is the best. I simply grind the sugar in my coffee grinder.
- Add the sugars slowly, ensuring each time the sugar is well combined before adding more.
- These cookies store well for about 2-3 weeks in an airtight container.
- 3 Egg whites
- 100 gms icing sugar
- 100 gms Caster /powdered sugar
- A few drops of pink food colour optional
- Preheat your oven to 90C. Line your baking tray with parchment paper.
- Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the caster sugar in 2-3 batches. Then add the icing sugar in 2-3 batches whisking until the meringue is stiff and glossy.
- The merigue mixture should be stiff and you should be able to turn the bowl upside down without the eggs falling out.
- Add a couple drops of food colour, if using. Fold it in gently, but not all the way through. This way, you'll have swirls of pink in different shades.
- Keep a piping bag with a wide star shaped nozzle ready. Carefully spoon the mixture in and pipe hearts on the prepared tray. For making kisses, hold the bagvertically to the baking sheet and gently squeeze, pulling the bag up and away to make a peak.
- Bake for an hour, till you can lift off the cookies easily. Cool them completely and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!