Hey there! Wow it's sure been a minute since I've last made a blog post, but when you work 50 hours a week, some things get pushed aside for sleep, sleep and just a bit more sleep. This week at work has been rather slow due to fall vacations, so apart from the endless cleaning the hotel kitchen needs, I've been doing a bit of experimenting.
One thing we always have at the hotel to decorate any type of sweet platter or dessert is a variety of meringue kisses. This is because they're easy to make, cheap, and can be made in bulk. They can also be extremely pretty and add a bit of crunchy texture to any creamy dessert. We were down the the really ugly ones in the kitchen (neon yellow and streaky brown are not what I consider to be pretty colours on food), so I decided to make a batch. Trust me, the recipe I use is just about the easiest in the world! You can use it as it is, burn it under a torch, bake it, or dry it.
Super Simple Meringue Recipe
250 g sugar
150 g pasteurized egg whites
Pinch of salt
Squeeze of lemon
Flavouring and colouring of your choice
And there you have it. Easiest meringue recipe ever. Now, there are different methods for piping kisses. I used a fancy star tip in my piping bag, and the slight variation in colour is just from switching out the empty pink colour for blue. I prefer to mix colour directly into the egg mixture by separating the meringue into several smaller bowls. You can get streaky colour simply by mixing the colour through less (like the pink meringues shown at the top of the page). You can also leave them plain white as our pastry student does, or smear stripes of colour directly onto the walls of the piping bag before adding meringue to give a stripy effect, as seen below. You're really only limited by your imagination. The blue meringues above look especially pretty when dusted with a bit of edible gold dust!
I hope you enjoy this simple recipe. Let me know how it went in the comments below, or check out my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook under the handle QuiteChefy. Stay warm out there!
Hey there! My name is Lea, and I'm a Canadian Culinary student trying to survive chef life in Denmark. I want to share my journey, and some great food and experiences with others. I believe that anyone can be quite chefy!