April 11, 2016

Meringue Kisses


You've probably seen meringue kisses floating around on the internet and social media - some of the most famous ones are the colourful creations of the Meringue Girls.  Good news; you can make them at home, and they aren't too difficult to achieve!

The only ingredients for these kisses are egg whites and sugar (and optional food colouring).  To achieve a smooth consistency the sugar is heated up a bit before being beaten into the egg whites.  I really love how they turned out!



Recipe adapted from: Meringue Girls via Bakerella
Ingredients
1 part egg whites to 2 parts sugar
e.g. 100g egg whites, 200g sugar

Gel food colouring (I use Wilton)

Method
1. Preheat your oven to 205C (400F).

2. Once the oven is nearly heated to temperature, whisk the egg whites on low in a stand mixer or hand mixer until bubbles form, then increase the speed to high and beat until firm peaks form.

3. Line a baking tray (that has sides on it to prevent sugar spilling everywhere) with baking paper and pour the sugar onto it, making sure that it's spread evenly.

4. Bake the sugar in the oven for about 5 minutes, until the edges of the sugar begin to melt.

5. Remove the sugar from the oven.  Leave the oven on, and decrease the heat to 95C (200F).

6. Start whisking the egg whites again, on high speed.  Add large spoonfuls of sugar to the mixture, one at a time, whisking in between (you can keep the mixer going, and just spoon sugar in periodically).  Make sure that the mixture is at firm peaks again before you add more sugar.

7. Once all the sugar is incorporated, keep whisking for another few minutes.  When it's done, the mixture should look shiny, feel smooth between your fingers (without many or any flecks of sugar) and it should form stiff peaks.  If you want to make your kisses a single solid colour, this is the time to add your desired food colouring and beat it in until the colour is how you want it.

8. Prepare a baking tray lined with baking paper.

9. Fit a piping bag (I used a disposable plastic one) with a small round piping tip.  If you want to make colourful stripy kisses, you will need to paint the inside of the bag with food colouring.  Take the food colouring and paint stripes on the inside of the piping bag using a paintbrush.  For these kisses I alternated between blue and green stripes.  You can turn the bag inside out if you want but you can just take a long handled paintbrush and paint inside the bag without inverting it.

When you paint the stripes on the plastic bag, the food colouring won't look like a solid stripe - I found that mine kind of pooled together and made me think that it wouldn't look opaque and work - but don't worry, it will turn out fine!

You can use whatever colour combinations you want for your kisses.  Have fun experimenting!  However, I think it looks best if some of the white is left to peek out.

Pre-baking
10. Carefully spoon the meringue mixture into the piping bag - you don't want to smudge the stripes too much!

11. Pipe kisses onto your baking tray.  This may require a bit of experimentation to get the desired shape, but you'll get into the groove of things!


Pre-baking
12. Bake the kisses for 30-40 minutes, until they are dry and can be easily lifted off the baking paper.

13. Let the kisses cool.



Enjoy!  I'm looking forward to making these in heaps of colours!