Pretty pastel-coloured mini meringues are simple and yet so adorable; ?they add a lovely touch to a table for any occasion. displayed ?in chic candy jars, They look delicious. WITH a very long shelf life, ?theY are the perfect gift when wrapped in cellophane bags. ?Makes approximately 100 meringues
BOUTIQUE BAKING by PEGGY PORSCHEN, published by Quadrille (£20, hardback). Photos ©GEORGIA GLYNN SMITH
Peggy Porschen is one of the most prominent and pioneering names in contemporary cake design. Renowned for her exquisite craftsmanship combined with a love of baking, her passion is for creating delectable works of art that taste as good as they look. This new book captures the essence of Peggy's technical skill and inspired use of colour while also ensuring that each cake is both achievable and delicious to eat. Boutique Baking has an unrivalled range of recipes that combines traditional baking with chic, simple finishing touches. The first chapter, Sweet Treats, features all-time favourites such as Meringue kisses and Macaroons as well as Peggy's take on Cake pops. In Beautiful Biscuits there are recipes inspired by her German origins including Gingerbread Men and Mulled Wine Stars. T...© 2013 Peggy Porschen / Quadrille · Reproduced with permission.
Preheat the oven to 80°C/gas mark ¼. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
Place the egg whites and a pinch of salt into the bowl of an electric mixer and start whisking at high speed. Make sure that the bowl is entirely grease-free before you start, otherwise the egg whites will not whip up properly.
As the egg whites are stiffening, slowly sprinkle the caster sugar into the mix. Stop whisking as the meringue becomes stiffer and glossy; be careful not to overwhisk the mixture.
Add the vanilla extract and slowly fold the icing sugar into the meringue mixture using a rubber spatula.
Separate the meringue mix into three equal parts; keep the first white, mix the second with pink liquid food colour to a pastel pink shade and the third with blue and yellow liquid food colour for a pastel aqua shade.
Place a star nozzle in each of the piping bags then fill each one with a different coloured meringue mixture. Pipe little rosettes onto the baking trays lined with greaseproof paper.
Place the meringues in the preheated oven for between 2–3 hours or until they have fully dried out.
Stored in a dry, airtight container, these mini meringue kisses can last for up to 3 months.