Raspberry meringues always seem to have the wow factor – little puffy clouds of sugar coloured brightly in red. Here’s how you make them – crispy outside and gooey inside. Absolutely irresistible, they are the perfect confection for afternoon tea. If you like purple, blackcurrant purée will do the trick as well.
makes about 40
Tea with Bea, Ryland Peters & Small, photography by Kate Whitaker
Bea's of Bloomsbury has been offering mouth-watering teatime treats in the heart of London since 2008. Every day the layer cakes, meringues and tiers of cupcakes in the shop window entice passers-by. Now you can enjoy Tea with Bea in your own home with these easy-to-follow recipes. Cookies & bars are made to enjoy with a cup of tea. Be it lavender shortbread or double chocolate chip cookies, there's something here to fill the tins. Imagine afternoon tea and what spring to mind are Scones & Small Cakes. Bea provides the ultimate scone recipe and other sweet fingerfood, such as French macarons. When teatime calls for something special, turn to the Tarts chapter. With recipes for two types of dough, and golden whisky pecan custard pie and key lime pie, you won't be stuck for ideas. Bea's k...© 2013 Bea Vo / Ryland Peters & Small · Reproduced with permission.
Preheat the oven to 110?C (215?F) Gas 1?2.
Pour water into a large saucepan until one third full and heat to simmering point over medium–low heat.
Put the egg whites and sugar in a wide, shallow metal bowl and lightly mix to combine. Sit the bowl over the pan of simmering water (making sure that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water) and let the mixture heat up until it is warm to the touch and the sugar has dissolved. Stir occasionally.
Remove from the heat and whisk with an electric whisk until glossy and stiff peaks are reached.
Dot a bit of the mixture in each corner of the baking sheets and stick the parchment paper to it. Using 2 tablespoons, scoop the mixture into golf-ball sized meringues onto the prepared baking sheets.
Bake in the preheated oven for 50–60 minutes until firm. Remove the meringues from the oven. Using a pastry brush, paint raspberry coulis onto the meringues and put back into the oven to bake until the coulis has turned a darker, more purpley colour and the meringue is dry to the touch. The coulis can feel slightly sticky.
Remove from the oven and let cool. Remove from the parchment paper and store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Plain meringues: add the seeds from 1?2 vanilla pod to the egg whites and sugar before heating.
Other flavours: dust cocoa powder or sprinkle crushed pistachios or desiccated coconut over the meringues just before baking.