Meringue Snow Flakes
I’ve always been a huge meringue fan. These are equally good as decorations on your tree as they are in a special festive dessert – just add cream and super ripe berries.
makes about 20 snowflakes
2 egg whites
100g (3.5oz) caster sugar (super fine sugar)
1. Preheat your oven to 125C (250F).
2. Whisk egg white in a stand mixer until super foamy and white.
3. Very gradually add the sugar a little at a time. When all the sugar is added, beat for another few minutes.
4. Either place large spoonfuls of meringue onto trays lined with baking paper, or pipe the meringue into ‘snowflakes’ by putting meringue mixture in a ziplock bag and cutting off one corner (best to watch the video for instructions here). If you’re going to use the snowflakes as decoration, place a small piece of drinking straw in the side of each meringue so you can later use this to make a hole for ribbon.
5. Bake for 30 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave for another 30 minutes.
Will keep in an airtight container for a few weeks and still be edible.
After a few days hanging on the tree though, you’ll have stale meringues.
egg free / vegan – I’m afraid meringue without eggs just isn’t going to work. See vegan options.
Problem Solving Guide
meringue not crisp – I’ve used a fan forced oven which cooks more quickly, if your using a non-fan oven increase the cooking time by 15-20 minutes.
egg whites won’t foam – egg whites need to be completely free of grease and oil to foam. Start again with super clean equipment and make sure no egg yolk gets mixed in with the whites.
sugary syrup oozing from the meringue– this is usually because the sugar wasn’t completely dissolved in the meringue. Not too much of a problem but
grainy texture – sounds like undissolved sugar crystals. Next time use a finer grade of sugar. For now, just pretend it’s meant to be super crunchy.
brown pavlova – either it’s been cooked for too long OR it’s been cooked at too high a temperature – make sure you remember to turn the oven temperature down when you put the meringues in the oven.
Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
Sugar, egg whites.
Great on the tree!
To serve as a dessert, place a meringue on top of mixed berries and serve topped with lashings of whipped cream or ice cream.