Saturday, November 13, 2010

Meringue Cookies

I had a lot of leftover egg whites from cooking Creme Brulee not to long ago and decided to put them to tasty use! ;)
Meringue is so much fun to make. I love the fluffy silky white texture. I want to experiment further with these little cookies and use them for some yummy Christmas dishes.
Egg whites
Cream of Tartar that I bought at the local health food store. It is so much cheaper then buying from the regular grocery store. This was like thirty cents!
Mmmm so pretty!
I piped the meringue onto parchment paper.
 I am so out of practice!
While they were baking in the oven,
 I watched this little cutie ride around in his car. 
 I put them in a nice air tight bucket that had once been used for coconut oil. It came in very handy. Now I'll just save these little beauties for some yummy deserts to come!

*This recipe originally called for lemon zest, but I left it out since I didn't have any lemons.*
4 Egg Whites
1 Pinch of Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar 
1 1/3 Sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large clean glass or metal bowl, whip the egg whites with salt and cream of tartar until they can hold a soft peak. Gradually sprinkle in the sugar while continuing to whip to stiff peaks. Drop by heaping  spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets.
3. Bake for 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until they peel off the sheet without resistance. Cool on wire racks, then store in an airtight container at room temperature.

~I need to practice with them a little more. I wanted them to be white once baked, so i'll have to work on that.
My Mom is coming in on Monday! She is in Ohio right now visiting with Marie, Jon and Zane. 
Benjamin helped me get her room all ready the other night. Our second bedroom is an office/library/guest bedroom and not very inviting. We moved around furniture and reorganized and today it is so cozy and warm! We both want to just hang out in it lol :)
My heart is bursting with excitement!
 Just two more days and she'll be here! 

I hope everyone has a nice weekend! 


bex said...

these look really yummy, i tried to make meringue once but no luck. maybe i'll try this recipe i'm sure they'll be delicious!

luv Bex

Kirsteen said...

I've never heard of cream of tartar in meringues before. We put a bit of vinegar in ours.

How do you eat them? With strawberries and cream? Caramel sauce? Chocolate sauce?.......

Our guest room is also a mutli-purpose room most of the time and also involves a bit of re-arranging whenever my mum comes to visit.

Davene said...

I can feel your excitement - hooray!!

The meringues look great!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you Becky! :)

Kirsteen, yes I have heard of using vinegar and also lemon juice, but I am afraid to try it :P Cream of Tartar works really well with keeping the air in the meringue. It wont fall as fast. And the cookies are great for crumpling over dishes. Especially Christmas ones! Negella does a dish with whip cream, meringue cookies and pomegranate seeds. Its so pretty!

Davene, I can't wait!!! :D

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They look delicious. and I know they'll be light which is nice.

Holly Trujillo said...

I can almost taste them, you describe them so well! I have loved talking to you so regularly. Tell your mom hi and enjoy a wonderful week!

Katheryn said...

I know mom is there, but you will have to post some more pics. Can't wait to get the update on your fun time with your mom. Hope all is well. We miss you.

Katheryn and soon to be 5 girls...

Tiffany said...

Those are beautiful...and they look equally delicious!