Soundtrack: Sleepyhead, Passion Pit
Supplies: standing mixer measuring cups/spoons spatula piping bag/tip silpat lined baking sheet Ingredients: 3 large egg whites, room temperature 1/8 tsp kosher salt 1/3 c sugar 1/2 c powdered sugar 1/8 tsp peppermint extract 12 drops red food coloring
preheat oven to 200degrees
in standard mixer with whisk attachment beat egg whites and salt on medium high until foamy. with mixture running add in sugar in 3 batches, mixing for about 2 min between each addition. beat until stiff peaks form – about 2 min more.
add in powdered sugar and extract and mix to combine
dot food coloring onto mixture – do not stir. yes i know this looks disturbingly like a knife wound.
fill piping bag with mixture and pipe onto silpat lined baking sheet in either rounds or heart shapes. or however you like.
bake in oven for 2 1/2hours, then cool for at least an hour
- i had to turn off the oven a bit early as i was leaving the house, but i think the residual heat carried through enough to make them crispy. prolly not as crispy as they would have been had i followed the timing exactly but they were still tasty with a bit of chew in the center.
- good mix of rounds and heart shapes, those seem to be the easiest ones to pipe – i think star shape would bulk up too much in the center, maybe i could do some in skinny lines to put in hot cocoa. oh! or like candy cane shaped…
Review: i love meringues. love love. these were a festive flavor and it is an easy enough recipe that lends itself to trying out other flavors – much like marshmallows or macarons… however, i’m still going to stand by keeping them traditional vanilla flavored. also i highly recommend scooping out a small bowl of the mixture before it is piped and baked to enjoy as a marshmallow fluff type confection all on its own.
**disclaimer. in case it wasn’t evident – should you eat this before it is baked off you are, in fact, consuming raw eggs. i’m convinced that dedicating my early years to eating raw cookie dough has insulated me against such concerns.