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Super Easy Meringue Kisses: Valentines Baking Ideas

 As you can probably tell baking is one way I am passing the time during lock down! I have always loved baking but tend to dip in and out of it. A friend asked me to start sharing some recipes and I have been doing over on the Grazing Brew Box and thought I may as well here too. 

I have also thought meringue was tricky and that there must be a knack to it. These meringue kisses look super impressive but are actually really easy to make. If you’ve made meringue before then you will know it’s just a case of whipping your egg whites and then slowly adding your caster sugar. 

Valentines baking Ideas


There are various ways to add colour but you need to be sure to use a paste colouring not a liquid form. Sugar Flair colourings are great for this. You can either add some colour in when mixing your meringues (not if you have a liquid colouring as it will ruin your meringue and it won't stiffen) or to paint your piping bag! It depends if you want a block colour or swirls. 

Easy Meringue Recipe


In the photos below I twirled some into the finished meringue mix loosely to leave stains if you like and then painted the piping bag too! It came out pretty intense which is exactly what I wanted! 

Of course if you are going for a valentines look then red is the key! 

Ingredients

3 egg whites

2 cups of caster sugar

Food colouring

How to make your Meringue Kisses

Preheat your oven to around125C FAN

  1. You will need 2 baking trays lined for this. Baking parchment is best if you have to hand! 
  2. Next Separate your yolks from the whites, try not to get any yolk in there or you risk the meringue not stiffening! 
  3. Whisk them until they are stiff and fluffy. It’ll take a few minutes on a high speed, I use my Kenwood K Mix but use what ever you can! If by hand it can get very tiresome but is doable! 
  4. When the egg whites are looking stiff, keep your mixer running and  add the sugar to the eggs whites one teaspoonful at time until it is all added, as long as you drop it all in at the same time you should be fine! 
  5. Prepare your piping bag. If you wish your kisses to look a bit like mine with the streaks of colour then paint stripes of food colouring down the side of the bag using a brush of some kind. 
  6. Spoon the meringue into the bag (if you wanted to add some swirls of colour do this to the mix before you put in the bag) and pipe little kisses on to the baking tray. Go as big as you like! However you will need to be quite consistent for them all to bake equally and not to catch any!
  7.  Put your baking trays in your  oven and bake for around 25-30 minutes, Meringues like a slow cool bake. Do NOT be tempted to whack the heat up on your oven, believe me I have tried and failed! .
  8. The meringues are ready when they’re hard to the touch, don't press hard though, they are fragile!  
The meringue kisses will keep for 2-3  weeks in an airtight container.

Meringue Kisses


Have you caught up with my super goey NYC Nutella filled cookies recipe yet? 


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