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Thursday 15 December 2011

Heavenly Meringues

I do think there is something heavenly about meringues, and these ones came out particularly well, they just melted in the mouth like little sugary clouds filled with cream.

I've been using the same simple recipe for meringues for many years, it comes from Mary Berry's 'Fast Cakes' book first published in 1981 to accompany her appearances on Thames Television's After Noon Plus programme.  I never saw the programme but Mary was featured in many magazines at the time.  This is the book I turn to for good basic recipes for scones, traybakes, sponges and biscuits.

Basic White Meringues

4 egg whites
225g caster sugar
whipping cream

Heat the oven to 200F, 100C, gas 1/4 and ine two baking sheets with silicone paper.

Put the egg whites in a large bowl and whisk until they form soft peaks.  Add the sugar, a teaspoonful at a time, whisking well after each addition, unti all the sugar has been added.  Using two dessertspooons, spoon the meringue out onto the baking sheets, putting 12 meringues on each tray.

Bake in the oven for 3-4 hours until the meringues are firm and dry and will lift easily from the paper.  They wshould be pale off white.

Whisk the cream until it is thick and use it to sandwich the meringues together.

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At 15 December 2011 at 22:01 , Blogger GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Hi Janice!

These are so pretty and look so yummy! A very nice Christmas addition!

At 15 December 2011 at 22:15 , Blogger Zoe said...

100% agree that meringues have a heavenly taste too. They are very light and sugary....and very pretty for Christmas!

At 15 December 2011 at 22:58 , Anonymous Laura@ howtocookgoodfood said...

I love Mary Berry's meringue recipe and like you have an old book of hers I use for many of my basic baking techniques. Perfect meringues!

At 15 December 2011 at 23:24 , Blogger Baking Addict said...

ooh these look lovely! I never used to like meringues but now they are growing on me :)

At 16 December 2011 at 08:21 , Blogger Unknown said...

they do look so pretty... I adore a light fluffy meringue... that Mary Berry is so great isn't she? I love your new christmassy header too!

At 16 December 2011 at 18:42 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

I LOVE meringues and especially when filled with cream! Those look as light as feathers and quite delicious!

At 17 December 2011 at 16:08 , Blogger Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Nom! Nom! Those look wonderful Janice. Beautifully made! May I ask, do they have a bit of chew in the middle?


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