Whisking in a Winter Wonderland

It’s a weekend.  It’s snowing. It’s the Great Scot’s (aka my mom) birthday.  So obviously I will be in the kitchen attempting to whip something up.

The Great Scot loves meringues. Things requiring pastry bags and precision are not usually my friends, but I figured I’d give it a whirl anyway.

I found this super easy recipe for meringue kisses.  Start out small.  Baby steps. Besides the smaller the recipe, the least likely chance for me to screw it up.  Hopefully, lol.

I started with the dissolving the sugar in egg over the water bath.  It’s not a step I recall seeing on the plethora of cooking shows I  obsessively watch in hopes they’ll improve my shoddy kitchen skills. I liked it though. It put my working with raw egg anxiety at ease a little bit.

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I love anything that requires me using my stand mixer. This is only the third time I have gotten to use it. I let it frantically whisk away. Occasionally checking for stiff peaks.

I didn’t start having problems until the piping.
Reasons why I should not be allowed near a piping bag:
1. I do not have a steady hand.
2. I am incapable for squeezing lightly. It’s either full force or no force with me.
3. I end up wearing most of the piping bag contents.

I managed to get enough meringue onto the cookie sheet to make pre-heating the oven worth while. I did have some minor issues with the final product. They were chewy. Really chewy. I put them back in for another 15 minutes with some more drying time. Chewiness resolved.

I dipped half of them in chocolate and packaged them in a ziplock bag. I put them in my holiday cookie tin and left them on the counter over night. I did not want to let the chewiness set back in by putting them in the fridge. I also purchased a bottle of champagne to give the Great Scot in case the meringues did not taste as good as they looked, lol.

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Fast forward to the final taste test– Success! I will be making larger ones now for Boxing Day dessert!

2 comments

  1. I cannot bake. I’ve never been able to bake. I screw up slice and bake. This gives me hope as it sounds like we share many of the same neuroses and a pair of unsteady hands. Sometimes I think about trying but the problem is I refuse to start small. I want to make rainbow cookies! And macarons. I should probably find the easiest possible recipe and start there. But I never do.

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