Afternoon all and welcome to the weekend, I do hope we are all getting by and keeping sane during Isolation. Here's a bit of fun for you to use up some ingredients. If you are struggling with things to do or make have a stab at making some yummy meringues, they're SO EASY you really can't go wrong.
This recipe makes nine large gooey meringues.
2 x Egg Whites (DO NOT THROW AWAY THE YOLKS)
75g Icing Sugar
75g Caster Sugar
Pre heat your oven to 150c fan.
Start by separating your eggs, pop the egg yolks to one side and l'll show you in my next blog what to do with those.
Whisk the egg whites until stiff, I always think they look like soap suds in the bath once they're ready. When you are at this stage start adding the combined icing sugar and caster sugar, do this one tablespoon at a time to allow the sugar to be incorporated. Once you've combined the sugar add the teaspoon of cornflour, this will give them a gooey marshmallow centre. Whip up the mixture to strong peaks, this'll take a few minutes.
Grab a baking sheet and dab a few blobs of your mixture into each corner then place a piece of greaseproof paper over the top, this will stop the fan flipping the paper and spoiling your meringues. Now for fun part, generally I use two dessert spoons and scoop the mixture up the side of the bowl and onto the the baking tray as you can see in the image, if you fancy being more creative you can set your artistic skills flaring with a piping bag creation. I had enough mixture to create nine palm size meringues.
Place them into the preheated oven and after 45 mins - 1 hour turn the oven off, that's right, off. Do not be tempted to open the door, leave it be. Ideally leave them in the oven overnight if that's not possible then a few hours will suffice, the heat of the oven will dry them out but they'll keep that gorgeous gooey centre.
Keep them in an airtight jar or container for weeks, add them to strawberries/summer fruits and cold custard or break them up into an Eton Mess, or just enjoy as a sugar buzzing afternoon snack. ENJOY.